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post #331 of 1751
Yes you are right
They are torture for big ears
Pads are comfy but only.for.small.or average ears
post #332 of 1751

Very keen to check these out!

post #333 of 1751

Got my pair of FSPs yesterday and I have to say - all said about them here is true. Sound is exceptional for 349$ closed semi-portable headphone.

 

The fit is pretty good for me - pads are over-ear, the only bad thing is pressure on the top of my head, clamping force to sides is totally OK. The packing is very cool, that's something that you can expect from even 1000$ headphones without being disappointed! Headphones itself look very good to my taste - the overall styling reminds me Daft Punk, the texture of the phone will shine in bright lights just like their jackets :smile:

 

The most negative thing I can say about them is that my particular pair seems to have some defects of construction - the right and the left side of the headband are not 100% symmetrical - I have to adjust one side to be a touch bigger than another to fit central part of the headband on actual center of my head. Also I don't like mountings on the top - they have visible gaps between parts of the headphones when the headband is distended- I don't think it will crack, but it doesn't look good at all. Again, I don't know, maybe that's just my pair. The rest of construction looks and feels pretty solid and well-made, I didn't find it to be too creaky either. All I miss in terms of ergonomics - I'd like to see more straightforward markings when adjusting the headband, like it was done on AKG K550, for example (with numbers - very easy to re-adjust for me).

 

As for the sound - I don't really know what else I can say that wasn't already said here. Nice neutral, monitoring, detailed sound, overall almost as good as in my Paradox - that's madness! Focals are a bit more agressive sounding in vocal range and less forgiving in comparison - bright or overly compressed records don't sound as good as in Paradox. But hey, even basic Paradox is 495$ (and in this case you get awful look of stock T50RPs) and it can't be driven by smartphone and it's not portable! In terms of sound/price ratio Focals really impress.

 

 

P.S. I don't understand - how do Focals fold? Can anyone make a picture of them folded?

P.S.S. As always - sorry if my English is not understandable somewhere in the text :smile: 

post #334 of 1751
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Originally Posted by remilio View Post
 

Wonderful impressions!

 

I'm glad a Paradox owner has finally confirmed how neutral and beautiful these sound. :gs1000smile:

 

I did take a photo of them "folded up". If you refer to the very first page. That's about as far as they go in terms of being folded up. It's not much but it still saves a little room when in the bag.

 

As for the construction. Mine are perfectly even on both the left and right, however where the headband extends a gap does appear when the headphones are extended outward to wear on the head, kind of like hinges. This is normal behaviour as far as I can tell, as I've noticed the same thing on another pair. It will not break, but it's definitely a slightly dissapointment.

post #335 of 1751
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post
 

Wonderful impressions!

 

I'm glad a Paradox owner has finally confirmed how neutral and beautiful these sound. :gs1000smile:

 

I did take a photo of them "folded up". If you refer to the very first page. That's about as far as they go in terms of being folded up. It's not much but it still saves a little room when in the bag.

 

As for the construction. Mine are perfectly even on both the left and right, however where the headband extends a gap does appear when the headphones are extended outward to wear on the head, kind of like hinges. This is normal behaviour as far as I can tell, as I've noticed the same thing on another pair. It will not break, but it's definitely a slightly dissapointment.

Thanks for quick answer! Good to hear it's just a cosmetic flaw. Indeed, they don't fold too much, when I tried to fold them for the first time they started to creak and I realised I was doing something wrong :))

post #336 of 1751

To be honest , you shouldnt hope focals go mobile...

I drive my FSC with Fiio E12 and there is a huge step up

Maybe i just adapted to amped sound but i generaly amp headphones and never rely on mobile source only

 

It is indeed near 40 ohm but amp still makes great difference

post #337 of 1751
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Originally Posted by utmelidze View Post
 

To be honest , you shouldnt hope focals go mobile...

I drive my FSC with Fiio E12 and there is a huge step up

Maybe i just adapted to amped sound but i generaly amp headphones and never rely on mobile source only

 

It is indeed near 40 ohm but amp still makes great difference

What source do you use as portable? I realise that more power should help, but I don't have funds to buy high-end DAP now. Maybe later. Of course, sound is much worse from my Cowon or smartphone, than from Anedio :) , but I still enjoy these headphones from any source.

post #338 of 1751
I dont generaly have some portable device
I just carry it with fiio e12 if i have zo use it at work or outside home
I tried iphone 5s and xperia z ultra
Both sound loud enough but not strong enough
You can achieve loudness with gain on signal but if tgere is not proportional amount of current , it will sound loud but not good
It will lack in detail and dynamic
post #339 of 1751
Thread Starter 

FSP sounds pretty good off an X3. Then again the X3 is several times more powerful than a phone output.

post #340 of 1751

Just curious, has anyone compared the FSP's to M-audio's Q40's? 

post #341 of 1751
X3 is an amped player
No wonder
post #342 of 1751

You have to amp regardless to make sound..

post #343 of 1751

post #344 of 1751

I tried 3.5 to 3.5 cable from Kabeldirekt Pro

They have 0.25 Ohm Ground to Ground and 0.34 Ohm LR-LR

And they are very cheap on amazon

Nearly 7 Euros for 3 Meter

 

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post #345 of 1751
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by utmelidze View Post
 

I tried 3.5 to 3.5 cable from Kabeldirekt Pro

They have 0.25 Ohm Ground to Ground and 0.34 Ohm LR-LR

And they are very cheap on amazon

Nearly 7 Euros for 3 Meter

 

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Is it this? And did you measure the resistence yourself?

 

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