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post #376 of 1751
Just picked up an Alo Continental V3 and testing it out with my Focal Pros. Intitial impressions are very very good. Just the sound I like =) Fed and DACed by my Sony Z1 Compact and just hi-res MP3s. So far I really recommend the pairing if you can find a Continental V3.
Edited by HiFiRobot - 4/8/14 at 9:22am
post #377 of 1751

:D :D  cheers

sorry once more

post #378 of 1751

I plan to post some impressions on the Spirit Professional next week, once I get my grubby hands on them. In the meantime, let me praise the Focal Spirit Classic! (Praise the sun!)  I've had these bad boys for two weeks now, and wow! That's all I can say: “Wow!” Well actually, I can say a lot more than that.

 

For starters, the Focal Classic’s sound-signature is definitely warm, and though I prefer more neutral cans, the tuning on the Classic is rather special. These headphones, for example, deliver all the details of so-called bright headphones with none of the negatives. And this means no fatigue. No sibilance. No harshness. No unruly treble tonalities. No “peakiness.”  Some might be inclined to call these headphones “laid-back,” but that might bring to mind something like the Sennheiser HD 650, and I guarantee you, the Classic is in no way that relaxed. Not even close. And yet, the Classic reminds me of the HD650 and HD600 in so many subtle ways, especially in how they image.

 

Pretty impressive, if you ask me, but not as impressive as the Spirit Classic’s bass—actually, not as impressive as the Classic’s amazing midrange fullness either.

 

But let's talk bass for a minute. In a word, the bass on these headphones is: Extended. This is how you do bass.  It's freaking deep, guys: miner in a subterranean cavern deep. Of course, the bass won't please your Beat’s wearing uncle; the Classic just doesn't do the urban rumble thing.  Not really. So bass-heads be warned:  these headphones won't rattle your brain-stem.

 

Anyway, I own a good number of headphones, mid-fi and hi-fi cans, and not one of them extends as deeply as the Focal Classic.  (Well, I should say, none sound as extended as the Focal Classic.)  But here's the subtle point: the bass, despite its prominence, doesn't obliterate or otherwise overshadow the mid-range frequencies.  I recognized this long before I accepted it, and for the first week, I kept thinking, “You can't have bass like this without mucking up the mid-ranges.” I kept listening though, track after track, album after album, day after day. In the end, I had to accept what my ears were telling me: the bass, though often ferocious, and always authoritative, was tuned with precision, and never really intruded upon the mid-range frequencies, or worse: the bass never rudely shoved the mid-range into the background. (Remember the Beyerdynamic DT 770? If so, then you know what I'm talking about.)

 

Of course, I could complain about a number of small things, but far and away, lack of comfort is my number one complaint. I don't want to beat a dead horse here, folks, but I have to say what everyone knows by now: these are not comfortable headphones. I have an average sized head, and after one hour of use, these headphones get a little medieval on my ears. Can you say, “ear-vise”; if so, you now know what to expect. I really hate to end my impressions on such a sour note--but c’mon Focal what the F were you guys thinking. Anyway, nuff said. And Cheers!


Edited by Madmollusk - 4/11/14 at 7:36am
post #379 of 1751
Thread Starter 

Great impressions dude. Haha. makes me want the Classic even more now. I can't believe Focal built 2 must have headphones. Sounds like well all need both. :D 

 

Btw, am I seeing a price drop on the Classic from Amazon?

post #380 of 1751
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Great impressions dude. Haha. makes me want the Classic even more now. I can't believe Focal built 2 must have headphones. Sounds like well all need both. :D 

 

Btw, am I seeing a price drop on the Classic from Amazon?


Yes, Amazon dropped the price. Of course, they did this a mere week after I bought my pair. Grrrrrr. But, oh well, they're definitely worth the money I paid for them, despite the cramped ear-pads. I sure hope the mod community here on head-fi comes up with a nifty fix for the ear-pad problem, turning great headphones into exceptional headphones. Or maybe Focal will come to the rescue and make some larger replacement pads! (I won't hold my breath though.) Anyway, I should have the Professional in a week, and after some burn-in, I'll post some comparisons. I understand that the Professional is the more neutral of the two headphones :)  and that, I must say, is music to my ears.  

post #381 of 1751
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Yeah the Pros are pretty awesome. My personal favorite headphone under $500, and favorite closed-back under a $1000. In fact, it does a pretty good job against my Sig Pro. I also find it to be the most neutral headphone I've ever heard, more than any of the flagships I've owned or auditioned.

 

*I have the new DX90 on order and I will be testing it with the FSP. I'm sure it'll be great but I'll let you guys know how that works out.


Edited by M-13 - 4/9/14 at 6:05pm
post #382 of 1751
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Yeah the Pros are pretty awesome. My personal favorite headphone under $500, and favorite closed-back under a $1000. In fact, it does a pretty good job against my Sig Pro. I also find it to be the most neutral headphone I've ever heard, more than any of the flagships I've owned or auditioned.

 

*I have the new DX90 on order and I will be testing it with the FSP. I'm sure it'll be great but I'll let you guys know how that works out.

 

The FSP and FSC are two headphones worth having.

 

I am interested to see how the FSP compares with Sony CD900ST and MDR7520 as a monitoring headphone though.

post #383 of 1751
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The FSP and FSC are two headphones worth having.

 

I am interested to see how the FSP compares with Sony CD900ST and MDR7520 as a monitoring headphone though.


I had the 7520 and what I can say is that the FSP is more neutral and is preferred by me overall. The 7520 is very transparent with more bass however. The biggest difference is that the 7520 sounds very closed-in, while the FSP sounds very open, almost like an open can and is also quite transparent, very very close to the 7520 and far ahead of all cans under $500.

post #384 of 1751
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I had the 7520 and what I can say is that the FSP is more neutral and is preferred by me overall. The 7520 is very transparent with more bass however. The biggest difference is that the 7520 sounds very closed-in, while the FSP sounds very open, almost like an open can and is also quite transparent, very very close to the 7520 and far ahead of all cans under $500.

 

Thanks M-13 for the comparison! 

 

I agree that the FSP sounded very open. Value aside, it is one of the best cans I have heard.

post #385 of 1751
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*I have the new DX90 on order and I will be testing it with the FSP. I'm sure it'll be great but I'll let you guys know how that works out.

Cool! And I have Fiio X5 ordered so we can compare our impressions once we get the players.

post #386 of 1751
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Cool! And I have Fiio X5 ordered so we can compare our impressions once we get the players.


Cool man. Although, I have a confession to make. I just ordered the X5 too. :tongue: It is the very definition of unnecessary spending. I'm crazy.

post #387 of 1751
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Cool man. Although, I have a confession to make. I just ordered the X5 too. tongue.gif It is the very definition of unnecessary spending. I'm crazy.

Let me know how it compares with the dx90 smily_headphones1.gif
post #388 of 1751
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Cool man. Although, I have a confession to make. I just ordered the X5 too. :tongue: It is the very definition of unnecessary spending. I'm crazy.

Well, it's even better. We can compare our impressions on the same player and you can compare X5 and DX90 with one of the best full-size portable phones! Cool beans!

post #389 of 1751
I confirm that opinion on FSC too
I just love this headphones and am happy with such investition:-)
They are worth every single cent i paid for

Only thing is that at the beginning i head pain on ears after wearing them.for couple.of hours
But after a week i dont have any trouble
My ears adapted somehow:-)

I can hardly compare to them anything below 400 euros

Tried so far : beyers in 600 ohm amped 880 and 990, akg 701, philips x1, senns hd650. I wanted upgrade from dt 990 pro

But after FSC i am just in love with them
post #390 of 1751

Wow, M-13 sure hasn't hyped these for nothing! 

 

Dat attack and speed. Detailed to disturbing levels. From record to record I'm going "****'s got too much bass" and "****'s got too little bass". I think these play the chameleon role even a bit better than the Paradox. Definitely more detailed bass and better attack, but the only stick out characteristic that every record seems to exhibit is a slightly pronounced hi-hat smack. I'm not yet sure if it's something I should be hearing and have missed using many other phones recently, or if it's bringing a flavor of its own to the table.

 

I would definitely not call these warm overall. 

 

I personally love the clamp. I couldn't use these on the go if they clamped any less. 

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