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post #196 of 322
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Originally Posted by d4rkj3di View Post

Mine had some crack on the right side of the headband *See link*

Taken extra caution on usage and yet this happened :( pretty sad i loved how these sounded and how mobile it is but its not rugged enough..

 

You made me look at the inside of my headband and I see I have one crack on each side of the headband too; they're so small tho I may have never noticed it had you not pointed it out.  But you've very right in the criticism about that aspect of these.


Edited by m8o - 2/14/13 at 8:32am
post #197 of 322

Contacted Focal via their Website informing them about the build quality and asked what can be done as my pair is <2 weeks old

Today is only the 10th day, had them on everyday.

 

Also contacted the local distributor for these headphones.

No replies yet, hoping to see some response soon...

 

EDIT - *Update*

Received a response from the support team from France and they have advised me to return it for an exchange and assured no repairs will be attempted but only a new pair will be provided.

 

Quote directly from email:
We suppose you received 2 units from the same series.
 
We understood ; but as you probably know  If Focal has a great sound experience for the drivers (even for the 2 cartridge of the SP-One) , the SP-One been our first Headphone.
Since the beginning, we didn't stop to improve the mechanical parts, cable, etc. step by step.

Consequently, we are very serious about the warranty and if problem  we will exchange again the unit by an other one 100 % new.

 

Hopefully future ones are not so brittle,warranty plays a big part when it comes to these issues.


Edited by d4rkj3di - 2/16/13 at 3:35pm
post #198 of 322

I tried it yesterday. Fantastic design and build quality but not so great in the sq.... :(

post #199 of 322

Just got back from the main distributor with a brand new set.

They exchanged it without questions, seems like the warranty instructions from Focal is indeed standard across the globe. 

 

Looking good now; Hope, pray, fingers crossed and toes crossed, no more cracks...

post #200 of 322
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Originally Posted by d4rkj3di View Post

Just got back from the main distributor with a brand new set.

They exchanged it without questions, seems like the warranty instructions from Focal is indeed standard across the globe. 

 

Looking good now; Hope, pray, fingers crossed and toes crossed, no more cracks...

 

Don't hold your breath; I think it will crack if you open it too wide.  But tell us if it doesn't.  For what it's worth I don't believe that plastic that cracked is structural but rather covered a core that is and connects the 3 main pieces of the headband..

post #201 of 322
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Originally Posted by m8o View Post

 

Don't hold your breath; I think it will crack if you open it too wide.  But tell us if it doesn't.  For what it's worth I don't believe that plastic that cracked is structural but rather covered a core that is and connects the 3 main pieces of the headband..

 

If we look at the "blown-up" illustration of the Focal S1 headphones on the review Tyll wrote on his website.

(I first found out about this headphones there, many thanks to Tyll for his reviews and information)

 

Below are just my observation from the pictures alone and some cross comparison with my cracked piece.

 

Look at the left side of the picture from left to right

  1. Outer aluminium cover
  2. Middle piece (the one that cracked)
  3. Inner piece which secures the "rounded" thing that supports the movement of the cans

 

I'm no engineer and i wouldn't know if the picture is accurate unless i "reverse engineer" one of these down to its bits and pieces.


It would seem that the plastic piece in the middle is definitely part of the headphones structure, though one could argue that the overall structural integrity is maintained by the aluminium piece on the outside. Maybe the aluminium piece is too soft and allowed the plastic to bend slightly thus causing the crack to happen.

 

And yes, i do agree if i open it wide enough it is bound to crack again but i do appreciate the fact that the warranty Focal provides; allowing existing customers to do an exchange should there be any defects and hopefully they would improve on the new batches with stronger and less brittle material.. probably more on the elastic category.. who knows?  

post #202 of 322

Hey guys. I have just discovered this headphone. I haven't heard such a nice bass in a closed headphone before.

 

They are very addictive. They have a very natural(very good with voices) and energetic sound, excellent fast, well extended and punchy bass, the mids are warm and detailed, the treble is well defined and has the necessary sparkle you need, but isn't bright or sibilant.

 

The seal is very good and makes it great for portable use.

 

I love these headphones.

 

You can find my full impressions here.


Edited by dan.gheorghe - 3/13/13 at 8:43am
post #203 of 322
I have owned these cans for 3 months now & the only problem I've encountered w/ them is my addiction to them! I guess I'm one of the lucky ones who got a good pair. I'm bummed so many people have had a bad experience w/ these & the wrap they've gotten for it. Focal is a stellar company who stands behind their products to the end. I've read they had some qc issues w/ the initial roll out but are well aware of these issues & are more than willing to amend them however they can. I'm not worried about mine failing in any way because I know they will make it right, should such a situation occur. Unfortunately, the majority of people who speak out about these headphones are the ones who've had issues. I still believe it's the minority of owners & there's many more owners happy w/ them. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a new pair @ this price point! I almost purchased the psb's but waited to hear these 1st & my decision was easy. I like the p5's, but was wanting an over the ear set. Plus, I felt that these were superior on the lows (which is to be expected on over the ear/closed backs). Anyway, thought I'd share my 2 cents. Cheers!
post #204 of 322

Anyone know if there's some options for ok-ish quality replacement/aftermarket cables for Spirit Ones? My current ones work well enough even after half a year of frequent mobile use, but driving the cans through a headphone amp kinda makes the microphone/volume control part pointless.

post #205 of 322
Anyone wanna compare these to the MDR 1rs?
post #206 of 322
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Anyone wanna compare these to the MDR 1rs?

 

This is what Tyll said about MDR and Spirit One:

 

 

 

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While I think the look, sound, and comfort of the Sennheiser Momentum is a bit better overall, the Spirit One's bass and mids are tighter and more impactive, and they will provide superior isolation when used as a mobile headset. And while I think the Sony MDR-1R is dead sexy looking and more comfortable than both, it doesn't quite live up to either in terms of sound quality.

 

I for one preferred the Spirit One instead of Momentum for example, because it has a more articulate, punchier & faster sound. They are very addictive. 

 

Btw, there is a Focal Spirit One contest now.

post #207 of 322
Hey thanks. And I read your little story and loved it!
post #208 of 322
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Hey thanks. And I read your little story and loved it!

Thanks Trunks! Really glad to hear that.

post #209 of 322

Looks like I should be getting a pair of Spirit Ones, I wan't something else for my portable and office needs instead of my current Marley Destiny's. I have Focal-speakers for home listening and been so satisfied that I haven't even considered upgrading. God knows that is not the same when it comes to my headphones... 

post #210 of 322
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Originally Posted by vackraord View Post

Looks like I should be getting a pair of Spirit Ones, I wan't something else for my portable and office needs instead of my current Marley Destiny's. I have Focal-speakers for home listening and been so satisfied that I haven't even considered upgrading. God knows that is not the same when it comes to my headphones... 

What speakers do you have at home? Have you ever heard the higher focal speakers? very_evil_smiley.gif

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