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Focal Elear

jjbomber

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Does anyone have any experience of these? I have been offered a new pair for £465. Great price as discontinued stock. Very tempted, but I'd like a second (first) opinion from you guys if anybody has tried them.

Thanks.
 

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Yep I own them. They're very much like a 'super' HD650. Much more dynamic and punchy. They have about an 8 or 9db bass boost at the expense of a treble scoop. That just makes them flavored and no less high-fi. Much like how the HD650 is mid bassy. They have one of the best holographic soundstages I've heard in a headphone. It's very immersive. Great bass from an open back dynamic.

If you want to turn them into a 'super' HD600 instead ( more neutral ) you can get the Elex pads from Massdrop/Drop or Focal Clear pads ( I also have these ). Their Elex is an Elear with pads from the Clear. The Elex/Clear pads move the bass to about 2 or 3db above neutral and bring back the treble scoop. They don't do that holographic imaging thing as well though.

I paid about $650 for them and feel like they're worth the price. I'm still undecided on which pads I like better. I generally like the HD600 more than the HD650 but I might like the Elear pads better than the Elex pads despite the Elex pads being more 'correct'.
 
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jjbomber

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No unfortunately.

''More things are lost by indecision than bad decision'' is one of my favourite sayings. By the time I had procrastinated, they had gone.

Note to self: ''Self, sort yourself out!''
 
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jjbomber

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I paid about $650 for them and feel like they're worth the price. I'm still undecided on which pads I like better. I generally like the HD600 more than the HD650 but I might like the Elear pads better than the Elex pads despite the Elex pads being more 'correct'.
In the USA they were going for $650 with the pouch and extra pair of ear pads. I guess now they are american owned, the goodies go that side of the pond. Those venture capitalists know a thing or two about marketing!

The different ear pads is a great idea. Some pads pad A wins, other days pads B would win. It would depend what mood the listener is in. It's a bit like having a favourite album or track; it changes with the mood.

Sorry I didn't come back earlier. I usually only check the 'Latest Posts' and for some reason this thread isn't in there.
 

anort3

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Yeah this section doesn't track notifications correctly. I've passed that along so hopefully it gets fixed. There are also 2 Headphone sub forums for some reason.

Not all headphones respond well to pad rolling but some do

The DT1990 Pro comes stock with 2 sets of pads that make it a very different headphone. The Analytical pads make it sharp and precise and the Balanced pads make it more warm, open and bassy.
 

anort3

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Yep Focal is still French. Massdrop ( Drop now they changed the name ) is a US company that has done some amazing collaborations with various hi-fi companies ( among other merchandise ). They really became known for the Massdrop X Sennheiser HD6XX which is an HD650 with a different finish for about half what a HD650 retails for. They also did the Massdrop X Fostex TH-X00 series which took the Fostex TH-600 and tuned it to be pleasing to the human ear. Excellent headphones and about the best bass you can get under $1500. The Elex is their collaboration with Focal. Basically as I said in the previous post it's just an Elear with pads from the Clear.

In most cases their collaborations are cheaper and better than the original product.
 
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