Focal, a the French loudspeaker manufacturer renowned for its exclusive speaker driver technology, is unveiling three new models of headphones equipped with major innovations in acoustic components and mechanical design. Initiated four years ago, this huge project has now given life to Listen, Elear and Utopia.
Embodying Focal’s core values, these products combine exclusive technology, remarkable audio performance and the brand’s own design codes. This month also sees the inauguration of Focal’s brand new production line at its site in Saint-Etienne, France which will be entirely dedicated to manufacturing Elear and Utopia headphones.
The Purity of sound at its apogee
Utopia headphones are Focal’s flagship product. The sound quality is striking in terms of realism, neutrality, dynamics and clarity. The user will forget the headphones are even there, and the reproduction of the audio signal is of unrivalled clarity. Particular attention has also been paid to the design in terms of types of use, comfort and overall aesthetics. The shifting of the articulation to the inside of the headband is the perfect example of this, and gives the carbon fibre yoke a perfectly smooth and seamless design. The Pittards leather used for the ear cushions and headband emphasises the sleek design, the high performance and the comfort of Utopia, and creates a sense of elegance.
Available in June 2016, MSRP: $3999 USD (learn more)
The high-fidelity experience
Elear are the brand’s audiophile headphones. In essence, they are the same as Utopia headphones when it comes to the loudspeaker design and the mechanics. The solid aluminium yoke gives these headphones a remarkably smooth seamless design. The microfibre ear cushions provide the user with maximum comfort, an essential quality for long sessions.
Available in June 2016, MSRP: $999 USD (learn more)
Premium Mobile Headphones
Listen are Premium mobile headphones and like all of Focal’s other headphones, they are designed in France and combine all the advantages of Premium mobile headphones, for intense listening sessions. They provide excellent noise isolation with large ear cushions that ensure Listen headphones preserve all their acoustic qualities, even in loud environments. The heat-sensitive, very high density memory foam offers impressive comfort for the listener. Listen also benefits from all the research that went into designing Utopia and Elear headphones with the aim of keeping the shape of the headband constant, regardless of the size of the user’s head. This has resulted in remarkable comfort, even during long listening sessions.
Available in June 2016, MSRP: $249 USD (learn more)