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post #16 of 113
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using the Lehmann Audio Linear USB right now. It's dangerous. No distortion form the Focal or the amp means you want to turn it UP LOUD The combo is stunning!

 

 


Edited by HiFiGuy528 - 10/17/13 at 9:29am
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post #17 of 113

"usually if at the beginning someone thinks the bass is shy then it is."

 

I agree. I have the same impression with AKG 400-600. After some listening "my brain adjusted" and I was even able to work on some mixes with thease headphones. However the Focals are no "bass shy". The amount of bass seems to be proper. They seem to favor midrange though, at least for my ear.


Edited by vasylek - 10/17/13 at 4:35am
post #18 of 113

thumbs up to the midrange!

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One thing that I do not like about these headphones (focal spirit pro) is a sound that reminds me timbre of early analogue telephones a little bit. This is that "midrange" thing I was talking about in my previous posts. A subtle but disturbing feeling. Probably a consequence of narrow sound channel between headphone membrane and ear.

 

Or maybe my ears are just to big ?


Edited by vasylek - 10/18/13 at 5:09pm
post #20 of 113

Which do you think is the better all-rounder this, or the Sennheiser Momentum or the NAD HP50?

post #21 of 113
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usually if at the beginning someone thinks the bass is shy then it is. Their brain adjusted to the sound and appreciated everything else about the headphone.

 

No bass no go...

 

My experience is that if I hear the bass right off the bat, there is too much of it. On the good balanced headphones, the bass can seem absent at first but appears as you get to know the headphone.

post #22 of 113

^ I hear the lcd-2 bass right off the bat and there is the right amount there. I stand by the brain adjustment statement though I realize it is my opinion. 

 

I often wonder if the people who appreciate bass light equipment have stopped going to real live venues where the most natural sounding music has bass vibrating your body. Even classical venues. It's the reason why bass becomes the most talked about aspect of a headphones tonal balance.

post #23 of 113
These have arrived here in Denmark, I will listen to them this week and give you my first impressions smily_headphones1.gif
post #24 of 113
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^ I hear the lcd-2 bass right off the bat and there is the right amount there. I stand by the brain adjustment statement though I realize it is my opinion.

 

I often wonder if the people who appreciate bass light equipment have stopped going to real live venues where the most natural sounding music has bass vibrating your body. Even classical venues. It's the reason why bass becomes the most talked about aspect of a headphones tonal balance.

 

Sure it's there but it's balanced, the rest of the sound is open and employing the space of the venue. That is where headphones fall flat....not that anyone in their right mind would expect a headphone to reproduce the true vibration and scale of live lower registers.

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Sure it's there but it's balanced, the rest of the sound is open and employing the space of the venue. That is where headphones fall flat....not that anyone in their right mind would expect a headphone to reproduce the true vibration and scale of live lower registers.

 

I atleast agree with the bold.

post #26 of 113

I continue listening tests with Focal Spirit Pro vs AKG K550, Musical fidelity X-can amp and recently acquired ProJect CD Box to match the small size of the X-can. The later one turned out to be surprisingly good cd player.

 

I am now listening to Arvo Part "Tabula Rasa" symphonic work. Focal Pro sounds well balanced across the spectrum with the slightly emphasized midrange. It is very "analytic", you can easily hear all the unwanted noises of the orchestra: breathes, fingerboard noises etc. In comparison AKG K550 have more pronounced bass and trebles to make the music sound more "user friendly" but they are barely linear. Especially trebles seem to be pumped up to unnatural level. These (AKG) are very decent headphones though.

 

Then I come back to Focals. I hear the symphonic floor tom solo and I realize that Focals produce more complex, harmonics-rich three dimensional sound. There is also ver crisp and "short" bass unlike ample but rather unfocused bass of AKG's.

 

V

post #27 of 113

^Thanks for these impressions...especially against K550 or M50!  The way you describe them make me even more interested.

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Originally Posted by vasylek View Post
 

I continue listening tests with Focal Spirit Pro vs AKG K550, Musical fidelity X-can amp and recently acquired ProJect CD Box to match the small size of the X-can. The later one turned out to be surprisingly good cd player.

 

I am now listening to Arvo Part "Tabula Rasa" symphonic work. Focal Pro sounds well balanced across the spectrum with the slightly emphasized midrange. It is very "analytic", you can easily hear all the unwanted noises of the orchestra: breathes, fingerboard noises etc. In comparison AKG K550 have more pronounced bass and trebles to make the music sound more "user friendly" but they are barely linear. Especially trebles seem to be pumped up to unnatural level. These (AKG) are very decent headphones though.

 

Then I come back to Focals. I hear the symphonic floor tom solo and I realize that Focals produce more complex, harmonics-rich three dimensional sound. There is also ver crisp and "short" bass unlike ample but rather unfocused bass of AKG's.

 

V

 

Sounds very promising because I hear the K550 the same way you do :smile:

post #29 of 113

The FSP arrived today....HiFiGuy528 is right....they are very neutral.

post #30 of 113
Beagle, how do they compared to KEF M500 and NAD VISO HP50 ?
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