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post #241 of 1751

How good is the sound pf these headphones when used as portables? (I mean - paired with DAPs, smartphones?). I'm thinking about getting pair of them or KEF M500.

post #242 of 1751
they sound great with an iPod 5th generation touch
post #243 of 1751
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Originally Posted by remilio View Post
 

How good is the sound pf these headphones when used as portables? (I mean - paired with DAPs, smartphones?). I'm thinking about getting pair of them or KEF M500.


If you got these that would be exciting because you could compare them to your Paradox. MuppetFace thinks they're pretty close in terms of neutrality.

post #244 of 1751
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If you got these that would be exciting because you could compare them to your Paradox. MuppetFace thinks they're pretty close in terms of neutrality.

You mean focals or KEFs? Yeah, that's exactly what I'm looking for - Paradoxes that I can bring with me to workplace :)

post #245 of 1751

Anyone knows anywhere to try them out in UK?

post #246 of 1751
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Anyone knows anywhere to try them out in UK?

have you tried the focal website?

 

It's pretty easy, go to focal professional.com type in uk and city and select the spirit professional

 

up pops dealers, call and set up a time to go listen

 

piece of cake or as you may say pudding

post #247 of 1751
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Originally Posted by Ra97oR View Post
 

Anyone knows anywhere to try them out in UK?

have you tried the focal website?

 

It's pretty easy, go to focal professional.com type in uk and city and select the spirit professional

 

up pops dealers, call and set up a time to go listen

 

piece of cake or as you may say pudding


Nothing pops there other than a wholesale supplier. =/

post #248 of 1751
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You mean focals or KEFs? Yeah, that's exactly what I'm looking for - Paradoxes that I can bring with me to workplace :)


I mean the Focal Spirit Pro. I kept up with the Paradox thread and I remember your presence there. Honestly, when I first got the FSP, I was like OMFG! LFF needs to hear this Schiit! Haha. My suspicions were confirmed when MuppetFace said these are the closest to neutral this side of the Paradox she's heard and Jude compared them to the UERM. I keep using the same phrases people were using to describe the Paradox because it also applies to the FSP.

 

Just like the Paradox thread, and also here it's evident It's not for everyone, but for those who can appreciate neutrality done well, it's for them.

 

*of course the comfort issues still remain for many out there. But if your ears fit, OMG... :atsmile: 

post #249 of 1751
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I mean the Focal Spirit Pro. I kept up with the Paradox thread and I remember your presence there. Honestly, when I first got the FSP, I was like OMFG! LFF needs to hear this Schiit! Haha. My suspicions were confirmed when MuppetFace said these are the closest to neutral this side of the Paradox she's heard and Jude compared them to the UERM. I keep using the same phrases people were using to describe the Paradox because it also applies to the FSP.

 

Just like the Paradox thread, and also here it's evident It's not for everyone, but for those who can appreciate neutrality done well, it's for them.

 

*of course the comfort issues still remain for many out there. But if your ears fit, OMG... :atsmile: 

Well, comfort issues really bother me, because from what I've read these focals remind me my old Audio-Technica M50s which squeezed my head too much. Smal inner diameter of pads is not good too, but clamping force is what can really be the dealbreaker. I prefer something like denons or akg k550 in this regard. The main problem is that I'm from a small town and don't have an opportunity to try them in shop. Buying from internet shop is 100% russian roulette because moneyback in Russia is really PITA.

 

Though I have time to think, focals will become available in my country by the end of march. I REALLY fell in love with kef's design and fit, but focals should sound better and they are cheaper in Russia, so time will tell :)

post #250 of 1751
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Anyone knows anywhere to try them out in UK?

 

KMR have them on demo in North London.  M-F 10am-6pm

 

https://www.kmraudio.com/demo-facilities/

post #251 of 1751
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Nothing pops there other than a wholesale supplier. =/

So sorry, I am not Focal website designer, but I did go to the distributor website and they state all you have to do is call them to find a dealer near you.

 

Did you do that?

post #252 of 1751

I just ordered a pair, but will not get them until 30.03. If everything's fine, I'll make a review and comparison between them and lff paradox. BTW, are Focal headphones made in France or China?

post #253 of 1751
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I just ordered a pair, but will not get them until 30.03. If everything's fine, I'll make a review and comparison between them and lff paradox. BTW, are Focal headphones made in France or China?


China, definitely China. haha.

post #254 of 1751
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China, definitely China. haha.

That was a rhetorical question, just out of curiosity. I don't care too much about it as long as everything looks and works fine. The durability seems to be ok in this case.

post #255 of 1751

V-Moda XL pads arrived today and I have replaced the original pads with the XL ones.

 

Spirit Pro inner dimensions: 48mm x 38mm x ~15mm

V-Moda XL pads inner dimensions: 65mm x 45mm x ~12mm

 

Comfort is significantly improved and my ears fit in the cup now and I can now wear these for hours with and without glasses whereas before my ears would hurt within an hour. Clamping force has also been reduced. Noise attenuation has dropped noticeably. Sound is a little more airy and closer to Brainwavz HM5 whereas before it felt closed in. I'm really happy that it now sounds more like an open than closed headphone.

 

The sub-bass has been reduced. With the larger cavity for the ear and softer pads this is unsurprising. I'm going to try stuffing some cotton under the pads and see what difference that makes. Treble seems to have increased but I found the treble now sounds a bit more balanced to me.

 

Bass sounds significantly different.

 

Update: I consider the V-Moda XL pads to be a failure. The bass is changed too much and loses the impact that it had. My current solution is to remove the pads from the cup and stretch the inside of the pad. Doing this I can just about fit my ear inside and it is reasonably comfortable. I need to think of some way to stretch the inside of the pad over night.


Edited by AUserName501 - 2/28/14 at 5:14am
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