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!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'.
I believe, although Vervent Audio Group have a major presence in North America, they are France based.I guess now they are american owned, the goodies go that side of the pond.
Exactly why originally I went for the Focal instead of the Sen and was targeting the Utopia only to end up with an unlucky pair. Only If could be fixed, It was quoted "built like a french tank" :-(I've used my Elear in heavy rotation for a little over 2 years now. Hundreds if not several thousand hours. I listened to them earlier today actually. I'm not sure how you loved it and only used it 10 hours in 3 years?
Focal has had driver failure issues. I hear more about it on the Massdrop x Focal Elex than anything else and I suspect the Elex might be made with drivers that don't meet quality control spec for the Elear but I don't know that for sure. I've heard they do quite well with warranty service so just make sure you buy from an authorized retailer and register them for the warranty.
I'm still getting a Clear at some point.
The HD800 is a completely different experience from a punchy, dynamic Focal headphone.