Focal is an interesting audio company considering they sell headphones from $69USD all the way up to $3,999USD. While their super high-end offering is certainly an amazing experience, even their lower-end models sound great. Now Focal is introducing a new high-end headphone that’s not quite $3,999USD but not as cheap as $69USD, Focal Clear. Clear is Focal’s new circum-aural open-back headphone for audiophiles and represents a new evolution of Focal’s now famous open-back, full-range speaker headphone family.
The ‘M’–shape Aluminum/Magnesium dome is equipped with a copper voice coil that the company says provides remarkable dynamics across the audio spectrum, bass that is always controlled, even at high volumes, and exemplary linearity in the high-end. The new generation of perforated microfiber ear cushions add to Clear’s open design, which the company says, gives the headphones a weightless, almost invisible feeling.
“With Clear, we solidify Focal’s position as key innovators in the manufacturing of high-end headphones,” said Ben Jensen, president of Focal North America. “Building off the research used to develop high-end headphones Elear and Utopia, Clear is poised to be the reference open-back headphones under $2,000. Clear completely envelopes the user in musical purity, as one of the best headphones on the market.”
Clear also supplies a full range of connectors. Included are three types of cables to ensure that users always have the best solution. The braided cotton sleeve and 24 AWG oxygen-free copper cable offer low resistance to deliver sound with utmost transparency. While the two 3.5mm mono jack sockets in the headphones themselves are lockable to secure the connection of the cables.
The 3 cable options are:
- A 4ft (1.2m) cable finished with a 3.5mm stereo jack plug
- A 10ft (3m) cable finished with a 6.35mm stereo jack plug
- A 10ft (3m) with a 4-point XLR connector
Features and Specifications:
- Impedance: 55 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 104dB SOK / 1mW @ 1kHz
- THD: 0,25% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL
- Frequency Response: 5Hz-28kHz
- Loudspeaker: 1.6″ (40mm) Aluminum/Magnesium ‘M’-shape dome
- Weight: 0.99lb / 450g
- Hard shell carrying case
Clear will be available October 6, 2017 from retail and online partners for $1,499USD / $1,899CAD. For more information and a list of dealers, please visit https://www.focal.com/us/headphones.