Massdrop x Focal Elex. They have an overwhelming character to them which is warm, smooth and entertaining. For the Elex, Massdrop have done something similar to my thinking, and made the whole headphone a Sony-esque matte black, including using a darker version of the cable from the Clear. Thanks for this review Andrew - well done as always. Pretty nuts. I feel the same as you regarding their qualities and find them my favorite HP. Lyr 3 and Bifrost 2 should push their capabilities hard. The Focal Elegia and Focal Elear are two similarly-designed headphones that have the same great comfort and build quality. Focal Clear vs Focal Utopia. Focal’s design and manufacturing expertise are evident in all of their products. As far as sound–they are very well-balanced overall. Here are the frequency response plots for the Focal Stellia equipped with their stock pads, as well as those of the Elex, Elear, Elegia, Clear and Utopia: The first set, above, is calibrated for 84dB @ 300Hz, raw plots, … The Focal Stellia shares the same dome material and shape (1.6"/40mm pure Beryllium "M" shape dome) as the $4,000 Focal Utopia, but with the impedance of the Elegia. ... Elex, Clear, Utopia back-to-back comparison. Just as a side note, all equipment and headphones seen and mentioned are purchased by me. coming out of the Vali 2 with a EH6922 tube. I think a lot of it doesn’t have to do with even the 'phones themselves as it does my preferences, but I’ll get to that later. this is a fantastic headphone that’s like 99% of the Clear. It seems like we have very similar taste, your Elegia EQ profile is fantastic. They are the result of 40 years of innovation, development and manufacturing of high-end speaker drivers and loudspeakers. I appreciate a sound that you can “listen to in the background but also reward you when you pay attention”, and auditioning the rather energetic and forward Elear’s, their in your face sound DEMAND you pay attention especially as compared to more laid-back phones, and I guess that’s not what I’m looking for. Not much needs to be said that hasn’t, they’re well-built and stylish. Clearly the appearance is different but there are even physical build differences that really set these two headphones apart. Possibly not. I might just give 'em another try! Like some bass, vocals and highs dont like bass overpowering my music. Using Audio Affair’s superb headphone demonstration facilities, your reviewer employed the excellent Sennheiser HDV820 headphone amplifier, connected to a MacBook streaming Tidal over USB. While the Clear is an excellent product, it doesn’t compete against the Utopia’s amazing sound and build quality. Focal Clear vs Utopia. I was settling in on the Focal Elex through Drop, but was reading through the discussion and discovered that Headphones.com was offering the Focal Elear w/ Utopia or Clear pads for the same price. ... That winds up quite a bit better deal than the Elex, even. A 24/96 recording of Luciano Pavarotti performing Puccini’s Nessun Dorma was a remarkable experience. My preferred sonic signature would be more to the relaxing, smooth, and warm side of neutral without being too “sleep-encouraging” My default setup is the HE4XX’s without grills with ZMF Ori pads, coming out of the Vali 2 with a EH6922 tube. Honestly. For the last couple months I’ve demoed the Elear with Clear pads, so basically an Elex. $3,100.00 Used. From least to most expensive, we cast our verdict. The upper mids are filled in, but not overly emphasized. Just for fun I used the Elex off the Cayin HA-1A MK2 tube amp, which has higher output impedance, and this is what I ended up getting. They’re even better through a hybrid amp. How does the Elex stack up to the clears in your own O? My Elex had too much glare or intensity until I switched to a balanced setup (and then I went balanced-bonkers). $20.00 shipping. Reproduction of Pavarotti’s voice is remarkable, with enough detail to be able to hear the wetness of his lips and palette. I used to think in my naivete that the sheer awsomeness of this or that mega-headphone would trump my sonic tastes into loving them, but I don’t think I believe that anymore. To me, the Utopia sounds more natural. Focal utopia will simply be too bright for my taste. Focal Elex: Basically Elex just fixes all my complaints with Elear. I’d rate the Elex as about 80% of the Clear. 18 watching. Elex are an insane value, but aside from their price point they’re just legitimately good. The Focal Stellia has finally landed on my review desk, its chocolaty goodness now oozing into my ears and brain. 18:34. It was time to load up some tunes and pump up the volume! The first one I evaluated was wayyy more like what you described. The two Focal headphones look and feel similar; the difference in the sound is credited to the Utopia’s pure beryllium driver. The first tune to be cued up was Daft Punk’s Lose Yourself to Dance. Call us on 0844 504 0350, Audio Affair Blog > Reviews > Focal Elear vs Utopia comparison review, Posted on Tue, 27 Feb, 2018 A riot of carbon fibre and leather, even before the first note has played, the Focal Utopia are an event in themselves. Nice impressions by the way. I'd say it sits a bit closer to the Elear, say at the 40% point between Elear and Utopia. Sennheiser HD800 vs Focal Elex Comparison - Duration: 21:02. chuckolatte 903 views. Thread starter ShiZo; Start date Jul 8, 2020; ShiZo Senior Member. Good midbass impact, solid sub-bass, dry forward mids, inoffensive well-extended treble. An immediate character is obvious from the first few bars of the song; the Focal Elear has a deep, warm low end with a smooth treble and A reserved mid-range. Utopia… I've been looking at both of these headphones frequency response and … 5 out of 5 stars ... Massdrop X Focal Elex Headphones (Gently Used) $598.00. The Focals helped me realize that I listen more to wind down and relax. I want to see what they can really do. The emotion of infinite space... $1490. Anthem MCA Second Generation AV Power Amplifiers, Anthem MRX: New Models with Updated Performance and Features, Dali Opticon Mk2 series takes the Opticon range to the next level, Cyrus XR Series of premium HiFi components arrive. Before I got the Clear I often avoided the Elex in favor of the HD-600. Old-school HE-560 is available for $299 on Amazon, so I guess that makes this a $400 combo. It’s all there. It’s really meant to be used with the Monolith THX-AAA Balanced Amp since it uses a combination of shelf EQ for the low frequencies and parametric for the treble. These subtle differences can make a world of difference in the sound, comfort and overall performance … $25.00 shipping. It’s not on the level of Utopia or Stax in this department, but I don’t think anyone expected it to be, and aside from absurdly priced sets like that, it’s near the top. As it stands, I still think the Utopia looks the best in the line-up, then the Stellia, followed by the Elear, Elegia, Clear and Elex … Playing, once again, Propaganda’s Dream Within a Dream, we’ve reached a level of transparency which begins to highlight deficiencies in the early digital recording itself. If not, you should really audition it. Once there, they’re comfy and give the impression they’ll remain so for many hours of happy listening! With me there’s always that expectation bias and I do tend to always talk myself into liking something, at least in the early honeymoon stage that most of us love. They retail at $999 but can be found for about $799 now. Putting Elex pads on Elear accomplishes the same thing. Both have good audio reproduction, but the open design of the Elear will give you a more speaker-like experience. 22 minutes ago, GUTB said: After having heard the Utopia's superb Beryllium drivers I can't really recommend a lesser dynamic. Resolution / microdetail / plankton / microdynamics are better than the Elear / Elex but does fall short of the Utopia. Focal Elear with Clear pads. Cheers! This may be the best <$500 combo on the market. Having said all that, I would recommend them for someone looking for a no holds barred aggressive sound signature with great technicalities and a tone that truthfully conforms to the rough geography of the soundscape without being artificially smooth, as compared to say the standard planar sound (man I can’t help but feel pretentious writing that! Excited to see the upgrade over the CTH + SDAC which I think already synergize fantastically with the Elex. Obviously it’s priced out of the range of all but the most dedicated and affluent fans of personal hi-fi. Good to be here. Focal Elear and Focal Utopia headphones tested, reviewed and rated. Last year, Massdrop announced a collaboration with Focal and started collecting funds for the Focal Elex. However, I am done with buying amps and these are amazing. Hi @chrolls and welcome. One, the price. Focal Stellia - Pad Rolling Results. Here are the measurements from the GRAS43AG for those who are interested. In short, this is a fantastic headphone that’s like 99% of the Clear (I hate reducing it to a number like that but in this case it may be appropriate) - potentially better in some areas of its FR. The Elex is $699 right? Tubes and noisy amps exaggerate their already strong dynamics. This set has been ok, thank God. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled. The Focal Elear has an aluminum yoke in the headband while the Focal Utopia uses a carbon fiber yoke. Focal Elear and Utopia headphones book-end the two extremes of the Focal Hi-Fi headphone range. $3990. Personally I like a different sound to the laid back headphone, having said that I do like my HD650. Hey guys im back have choosen theses head set what would you guys remove from the list. Love my Clears, so what i was thinking is… I would get the Elex to replace the clears. I must admit I frequent other headphone sites as well, but I appreciate the help and insight I’ve found on this particular forum. Jul 8, 2020 #1. There’s a significant sonic wall effect so you can expect an intimate presentation. GREAT imaging with a very well-defined if not smallish soundstage. Now, for the Utopia vs. HD800S and HE1000 comparison: HD800S sounds a bit bright compared to the Utopia. $620.00. Are the Focal Elear the last word in transparency and detail? oh well). Everything you say is true, but it can be managed and minimized. Layering and separation was significantly better than I expected, given this is an area where its close sibling, Clear, struggles, sounding rather congested and closed in. If the build and finish of the Focal Elear were superb the Focal Utopia are positively fetishistic in their rampant use of high-end materials and quality of finish. I wouldn’t say this is a straight progression from the HD6xx. These are headphones which really crank and are very enjoyable to listen to. Guess he had in mind the $99 for the balanced DAC needed to make the Loxjie P20 shine (Behringer SRC2496 being the most unexpensive). If the Elex is 90% of the Clear, I’m going to be very happy with my purchase when it arrives. Anyways, I couldn’t have been happier when the Elear’s first arrived. Focal Elex vs Audeze LCD-1 [sound demo] - Duration: 18:34. oluv's gadgets 19,735 views. The Focal Elears are a top contender for best headphones in their price class, while the Focal Utopias are one of the very best headphones on the planet. Utopia Hi-Fi circum-aural open-back headphones. These are headphones which always want to party, and if you’re down with that, then you won’t be disappointed! HE1000 and Utopia are very comparable to me in terms of a realistic sounding frequency response. But the Clear w/ Elex pads measure almost identically to the Clear with stock pads, and the Clear w/ Elear pads wind up with the same wonky tonality as the stock Elear - just with better resolution. Each Utopia is hand-crafted by a two-person team at the Focal factory in France, one technician makes the driver, the other one makes the rest of the headphone. Thank you for validating what I’m also hearing and proving I’m not crazy. Also, the Clear is far from boring and excels at plenty IMO. Discussion in 'Headphone Measurements' started by purr1n, Dec 15, 2017. I’ll post those plots when I get a chance. Great review! Two, tonal preference. Give em a try if you haven’t, you might end up falling in love like I have. Every time I put them on, they get stuck there for days. However, the Elear are open-back headphones, while the Elegia are the closed-back variant. First-up for today’s listening tests, was the Focal Elear; an extremely handsome and good-looking headphone, the build quality and engineering is immediately obvious the moment one places the Focal Elear upon one’s head. The engineers at Focal have done an excellent job at tuning the Clear for both lows and highs. They do lose the detail and imaging of Utopia, but they’re not bad by any means in those departments, easily beating HD650 and coming in slightly behind HD800. Two cables are included, one with a 6.5mm plug and one with 4-pin XLR, allowing an easy match-up with the variety of desktop amps Massdrop and others make. The warm, larger than life character of the Focal Elear amplified the emotion of Pavarotti’s voice whilst the strings were beautifully smooth and silky. Overall, on a purely technical basis, I wouldn’t even disagree if someone argued they soundly best the HE4XX’s in most areas. Equipped with exclusive technology, they offer striking realism, neutrality, dynamics and clarity, for sound with unrivalled purity. Read something you like? As a Focal Clear owner, I’m very curious how the clear measure with Elex and Elear pads. Considering that the Elears are typically $1000 and this bundle comes with two sets of pads and a hardshell carrying case, is that a better alternative? Unfortunately for huge bassheads it will distort if you EQ bass past 90-95db (which you shouldn’t do anyways smh). Forum Donor. A quick review and my impressions of the Focal Elex. To my ears the Elex has too much glare, exaggerated dynamics, and not enough air. Posted by Bob. Elear representing a high-end headphone at an attainable price, Utopia representing the very best that Focal’s engineers can deliver. The advantages of AKG K702 over Elex are: 1) better, wider and more accurate sound stage, 2) reverse U shaped sound signature, 3) lighter weight, 4) less clamping force, and most importantly 5) more comfortable for long gaming sessions. Look forward to posting more , thx for the gracious welcome! Utopia are THE reference high-fidelity headphones manufactured in France by Focal. I keep hearing that the Clears are a definite upgrade since they scale better. If Focal ever refresh, supersede, or do a special edition of the Utopia I am now wanting them to do it as a partnership with Hermès, finished in their unique orange leather. Another difference is in the drivers. I got these a few months ago and they have become my favourite headphones. The Clear, on the other hand, is the mid-tier at $1500. Acoustic sound purity. Founded in 1979, Focal has carved an enviable reputation for designing and manufacturing audio products of extremely high quality and high performance. Well, keep in mind there is some unit variation with these. Diminishing returns probably have something to do with it as well. So what’s the deal than, why not keep them? It’s great to hear from you and I hope you keep posting now that you’ve got your first one out of the way. Coming this week!! Clear OPEN BACK CIRCUMAURAL HEADPHONES. The bass is impactful and tactile, but it’s not overpowering. Focal has built an envious reputation for manufacturing high-end transducers; from studio monitors to car audio, from Hi-Fi speakers to headphones. Non the less, the Focal Utopia displays it in the best possible light. Mids while occasionally a bit shouty are nicely textured and have spot on timbre. The HE-560 and Elex are technically competitive with each other, but have different characteristics. Really fun out it changes depending on OI. Focal Utopia. So, I seem to be more sensitive than you in the top 1/3rd of the frequency range. © 2021 Audio Affair Blog. When compared to the HE1000, the Utopia sounds a bit brighter, though it is not a very big difference. The brass in the orchestra is bright and open and never  “honks” or unpleasantly harsh. (I have not actually heard it myself though) level 2. Here's to trying to steer this conversation back to the Elex!!! For some it might even be a little bass light, as the overall tuning is close to neutral. The biggest step up is build quality: HiFiMan cut every corner except the drivers while Focal spared no expense on the frame, hardware, and pads. The presentation is immediately much more balanced than that of the Elear; the high end is noticeably more extended and detailed but is never cutting. For that much, I could get 4 $169 HE4XX’s and still have $23 left over! Another aspect of these Focal headphones is the design. Focal Utopia Open Back Over-Ear Headphones - Black. I’m listening to the HE-560 on the P20 as I write this – it’s really, really pleasant! The sound is overall a little less … The Utopia is still the best headphone offered by Focal. Well hey, thx for the advice. Focal Elear with Utopia pads. I’ve not heard the HE4XX’s but I do know they get a lot of love. They retain my favorite thing about Utopia, which is its dynamics. The $4,000 Focal Utopia is an open-back earcup design featuring Focal’s very highly regarded pure beryllium 40mm transducers with a proprietary ‘M-shaped’ dome driver construction. All rights reserved. The Elear is the entry-level headphone of this upper-tier series. Wonderful out of my Liquid Platinum and going all day today out of my Violectric V220. or Best Offer. Joined Sep 7, 2018 Messages 468 Likes 307. But consider that the Utopia was designed to be the headphone version of Focal’s highest end speaker line of the same name. First of all, the build is great. If the build and finish of the Focal Elear were superb the Focal Utopia are positively fetishistic in their rampant use of high-end materials and quality of finish. Treble is extended and neutral, tho Audeze (read: darkfi) fans will think they’re bright. The presentation is neutral, erring on the side of being warm and smooth, something of a Focal trademark. I’ve been saying the Elex is darn near the Clear for a while now, but I’ve always been told they sound nothing alike, even by some folks on this forum. 2.5mm 4.4mm XLR 3.5mm 99% Pure PCOCC Ear... 2.5mm 4.4mm XLR 3.5mm 99% Pure PCOCC Earphone Cable For Focal Clear Elear Elex Elegia Stellia LN006997 $40.05 Get the deal Soundstage isn’t great, much like Utopia, so if you’re an HD800 fan, you probably won’t like these. The vali was used testing the Focals. I am very sad I am going to be returning my Focal Clears and Eliga’s to get the Stellia. The Utopia is quite a stretch in price past these others at $4000. Here’s an EQ I’ve been working on for the Focal Elex. elear utopia pad 1800x1023.jpg 1800×1013 466 KB. At $2999, this closed-back, ultra-premium headphone has already gotten the astonished run-around from plebeian publications like Forbes and the Verge – where apparently one need only own an iPhone to review a headphone. I bought these from Massdrop and run them through a Topping D70 > balanced > THX 788 via Audirvana and oh my! Once again, that fabulous performance of Nessun Dorma is cued up; where the Elear was entertaining, the Utopia is jaw-dropping. or Best Offer. Waiting for your EQ profile for the Elex! Im licensing to Rap, Hiphop, Reggeaton,Trap, Spanish Music . At that metric, I just couldn’t justify keeping them. Daft Punk illustrate just how deep and wide the Utopia’s bandwidth stretches; it’s like having a nightclub wrapped around your ears! Want to know more? Utopia sits at the top of Focal’s new line and will carry an MSRP of $4,000. I’m still loving my Elex and think it’s one of the best values in this hobby. I fully think I can say everything positive I said above and still confidently say for the most part I prefer the Hifiman’s. The Elear uses aluminum-magnesium in the 40mm drivers but the Utopia uses pure beryllium. These are easily my favorite set of headphones under $1k, but beware, my first set came with a dead left driver because of which I refunded the unit and bought another used. Massdrop X Focal Elex Headphones. If you’re in the market for a headphone which is detailed and revealing, yet still smooth enough for hours of enjoyable listening, then the Focal Utopia should be at the top of your list. Focal Stellia Closed-Back Over-Ear Headphones - Cognac. I find the HD650s a good deal too veiled and warm. And partly to see if I like Elex w/o any adjustments vs. Elear w/ True-Fi (I don't like the Elear without either True-Fi or some kind of EQ). Wow. I wouldn’t say I DISlike them, but–they’re not the jump up in quality I was expecting. We felt it long overdue a review and comparison between their popular and justifiably lauded Elear and Utopia headphones. The vast majority of Focal’s range is produced on-site in their hometown of St Etienne in France. This all adds up to a comforting and entertaining performance. There can be little doubt that the Focal Utopia is amongst the very best headphones that money can buy. Jul 8, 2020 #1. Great detail retrieval, like you don’t feel like you’re “missing something” with these phones. Next will come the Elex, sounds like a logical path (HD6xx -> HE-560 -> Elex) with optimal cost/performance steps…. This has the effect of making the mids more even. I have the Elex too (and HD6XX for that matter). $3,990.00 New. They do lose the detail and imaging of Utopia, but they’re not bad by any means in those departments, easily beating HD650 and coming in slightly behind HD800. This one on the other hand is very similar to the Clear. We tested both models and delivered our verdict on these superb headphones from Focal’s stable of audiophile headphones. The frameless voice coil and closed-back design make the Stellia the perfect headphone for on-the-go or at home listening. A riot of carbon fibre and leather, even before the first note has played, the Focal Utopia are an event in themselves. Propaganda’s 1980s masterpiece, A Dream Within A Dream is loaded up and once again, demonstrates the deep bass, smooth treble and exciting rhythmic delivery the Elear deliver in spades. The transducer design is derived directly from the best big Focal room speakers, some of which can run well into the six figures. They retain my favorite thing about Utopia, which is its dynamics. Focal ELEX vs DT 1990 PRO, hifiman ananda, HIFIMAN SUNDARA, HD 6xx. Elex are an insane value, but aside from their price point they’re just legitimately good. Focal makes no secret that the Elear headphone borrows several key innovations drawn from the Utopia’s extensive research and development period. Just finished doing my review of the Elex. Lmao didn’t see there was an Elex thread and posted this in headphones you own, but here ya go, my elex impressions. 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