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post #106 of 204

Now the stock of 6 from yesterday has run out. ;) Note that amazon.co.uk and amazon.it are selling the same stock.. I ordered from cheaper .it and the shipment is coming from UK. Funny this global business. :D

post #107 of 204

I bought it from amazon.es (out of stock now) and paid 9€ more than in amazon.it, but it makes it easier to send back being in Madrid. Hopefully it won't be the case. As well I have located a dealer that would sell me the Pros for 224€ (A big maybe, but always after listening the Classics). 

post #108 of 204
They are on sale on Amazon UK too, so ordered a pair. Actually sounds like I'd prefer the Pro's FR, but the price was right to give them a shot.

Will drop my impressions to this thread next week when I've had some time with them.
post #109 of 204

Yeah, think I fell for the whole Amazon bit, as though the seller had upped the price of the Amazon order or something.

 

Damn it... am back to deciding between the Pros and Classic again.

post #110 of 204

Weary this pricing reflects an issue all the same... the fact that you can't take off the pads is a major detracting factor, one rip outside of a year and its all over... would have use a heat gun and try to reglue another pair I suppose.

post #111 of 204
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Originally Posted by hekeli View Post

Classic was only 185€ at amazon.it so I jumped on it. Curious to hear in a few days if my HD800 could have a warm and fuzzy little brother. Just hoping it will fit my large head..

Thank you Hekeli.
I was interested in buying the classic or the pro. Your tip decided the lot. Classic it will be for 181 + 7 euro shipping .
Just ordered at amazon.it ( or so I think).

Great
post #112 of 204
Found a review of Focal Spirit Classic compared to

K550
Q701
P7
Momentum
Momentum On-ear
HPH-MT220
HPH-PRO400
HPH-PRO500

Pretty uncertain of the quality of this review. Some SQ impressions but high focus on freq graphs. Source is maybe only iPod.

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0114/headphone_shootout.htm
Edited by HiFiRobot - 2/9/14 at 5:44am
post #113 of 204
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Originally Posted by Timodeus View Post


Thank you Hekeli.
I was interested in buying the classic or the pro. Your tip decided the lot. Classic it will be for 181 + 7 euro shipping .
Just ordered at amazon.it ( or so I think).

Great

 

Let's hope you don't have to wait 2-4 weeks for the new stock?

 

I was supposed to get my phones already, there were 6 in stock and I chose express shipping. But it seems status still says something like "coming from factory". Because of the unexpected delay, I asked for refund for the express shipping which I got. Now day later I got another refund email which refunded the whole phones? Yet my account order status says it's still "in transit". Ah well.. next tuesday is a new promised shipping date, let's see if they ever get here..

post #114 of 204
I tend to agree with you. I think the reviewer probably plugged all the headphones into an iPod/iPhone and made conclusiThe Focal Spirit Classic has to be paired with an amp to bring out its capability.
post #115 of 204
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Originally Posted by HiFiRobot View Post

Found a review of Focal Spirit Classic compared to
K550


http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0114/headphone_shootout.htm

 

Interesting. All I can say is that I dislike the K550 for its nasty treble and really like the Momentums and to a slightly lesser extend the P7. Neither of those three cans are neutral sounding (unlike the NAD HP50, which comes reasonably close except for a slightly weak low end). I can post my impressions once my Focal Spirit Classic arrives. 

post #116 of 204

I have focal classic from one day and I can compare with momentum: I like them, warm and smooth sound but also balanced and linear; bass no puncher as momentum, but with good depth, as I prefer.

post #117 of 204
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Interesting. All I can say is that I dislike the K550 for its nasty treble and really like the Momentums and to a slightly lesser extend the P7. Neither of those three cans are neutral sounding (unlike the NAD HP50, which comes reasonably close except for a slightly weak low end). I can post my impressions once my Focal Spirit Classic arrives.

 

Please do. Looking forward to it.

post #118 of 204
Well my ears haven't adjusted to them yet (got them yesterday) so will post a full set of impressions next week. Early thoughts -

Not far off neutral, but tilted towards warm. Bass is boosted, but not bloated. Very clean bass.

The whole spectrums seem audible, but treble a little attenuated. Female voices a bit further back in the mix than my mind expects them to be.

Distortion is low. No grain, silent background. Very clean and clear through the frequency. The low distortion makes the boosted bass and lower treble thing work. As the sound is clean, detail can still be heard throughout.

Separation is good. Soundstage decent for a closed back set. Not huge, but not boxy or claustrophobic.

Overall competent headphones, better than the DT1350 I was using before. No closed back headphone will ever be perfect, but this is worth the asking price and a very nice listen.
post #119 of 204
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Let's hope you don't have to wait 2-4 weeks for the new stock?

I was supposed to get my phones already, there were 6 in stock and I chose express shipping. But it seems status still says something like "coming from factory". Because of the unexpected delay, I asked for refund for the express shipping which I got. Now day later I got another refund email which refunded the whole phones? Yet my account order status says it's still "in transit". Ah well.. next tuesday is a new promised shipping date, let's see if they ever get here..


Still enjoying an old ht 990 600 ohm I got recenty so........... I'll wait
post #120 of 204
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Originally Posted by Timodeus View Post

Still enjoying an old ht 990 600 ohm I got recenty so........... I'll wait

 

It seems an "inconvenience" happened during transport from Amazon to UPS, so my phones are gone and refunded. :D So yeah, maybe I'll try to order in some weeks if they come into stock again, I won't bother right now..

 

PS. Spirit Pro's price is down to £165 on amazon.co.uk, not in stock yet but atleast the price is more correct..

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