Focal Elear Headphones

Open-backed Hi-Fi headphones

Aluminium/magnesium membranes

Made in France

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After the international success of the Utopia range, Focal has now launched a new audiophile headphone range featuring products made entirely in France.

The Focal ELEAR Hi-Fi headphones are the most ambitious model in the range, just a step above the sublime Focal UTOPIA headphones in quality. They were inspired by the very best acoustic technologies and innovations developed for the benchmark UTOPIA headphones.

Focal Elear headphones

Focal Elear: design

Aesthetically, these Hi-Fi headphones are timeless. They are understated, but inspire complete confidence.

The mechanical design is pure, minimalist and seamless, as the yokes have been crafted from a single piece of aluminium. 

At 500g, these Focal Elear headphonesare very comfortable and not at all cumbersome. The ear pads are made of memory foam and covered with microfibre, offering exceptional support for long hours of listening.

Focal Elear: membranes

Focal uses M-shaped dome transducers. These membranes are 40mm in diameter and made from an aluminium and magnesium sandwich.

This material was selected for its lightweight and rigid structure. This design means that Focal has been able to offer its customers truly high-end features: high output (104 dB), low impedance (32 Ohms) and a remarkable bandwidth for just one full-range speaker driver (5-23000 Hz)!

And this membrane is indeed a ‘full-range’, without any filtering.

Focal Elear: cable

The Elear headphones come as standard with an excellent 4m cable made of pure OFC copper.

Focal Elear headphones

This cable is connected to the headset with two 3.5mm jack connectors, with a third 6.35mm stereo jack connector on the other end.

It has one conductor for each voice, which makes it very easy to switch it for an XLR or two later on down the line!

Focal Elear: listening and review

Within seconds of listening, we were impressed by the realism and fidelity in the sound quality. The bass is full-bodied and deep, with excellent impact.

Each and every bass line is extremely clear and articulated. Dynamic headphones delivering this level of bass without distortion or torque are hard to find.

The mids are also superb, offering a level of realism that is very rare in headphones of this price range.

The top end of the spectrum is also exemplary, demonstrating remarkable precision and elegance.

The sound stage is essentially as good as it can get with a pair of dynamic headphones. They perfectly reproduce the ambience of the setting in which the music was recorded.

The Focal ELEAR Hi-Fi headphones are designed for music lovers in search of dynamism, vigour and neutrality. The sound quality is linear and free from colouration – really a benchmark standard in this price range.

Also, unlike many of their Chinese-made competitors, they are 100% produced and assembled in France in Focal’s Saint-Etienne workshop.

Highly recommended!


Principle: open-back circum-aural

Driver: 40mm full-range, aluminium/magnesium

Impedance: 32 Ohms

Sensitivity: 104 dB SPL/1mW at 1 Khz


Frequency response: 5-23 000 Hz

Weight: 450g

Cables: OFC, symmetrical, 4 metres

Connection: 1 x 6.35mm stereo jack/2 x 3.5mm mono jack

Travel case: rigid with magnetic fastening

Travel case dimensions: 200 x 300 x 390 mm

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Focal Elear Headphones

Focal Elear Headphones

Open-backed Hi-Fi headphones

Aluminium/magnesium membranes

Made in France

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