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post #751 of 762
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Originally Posted by chailee80 View Post

Interesting, i figured it would break up by the screws before it broke wheres your did. That was just from stretching them out to put them on?

Yup. It only looks like metal.
post #752 of 762
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Originally Posted by bixby View Post
 

Get out a ruler and go to the mirror :)  Better know exactly how big your ears are before you shell out $350


Yeh the inner earpads dimensions are on the small side. I have larger than average ears which didnt fit in the Sennheiser Momentum earcups properly and didnt properly fit the Spirit Pros earpads either at first. However after breaking them in i was surprised by how comfortable the earpads became compared to when i first got them. It did take a bit of effort tho, everytime i used them i would stretch out the earpads with my fingers and between uses i had the headband stretched out over a few books to reduce clamping force.

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Just got these in, to complement my vmoda m100.

 

So far i love these things, they are extremely comfortable, they go around the ears for me.

 

I love the sound, i really needed something to take a break from the vmoda m100 bass every once in a while, but i think this may become my main driver.

 

Only thing that has me concerned is build quality, but we'll see how that goes, 3 year warranty so i feel pretty safe.

 

These headphones dont quite have that ''wow'' factor, but once you put them on you kind of forget to take them off :beyersmile:

 

i feel like the mids are slightly forward, and the bass is slightly lower than neutral, but thats being really nitpicky i think these are really really close to neutral

 

edit: By the way, do you guys have any replacement cables to recommend? im looking at the vmoda audio only cable but im not from the US

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Originally Posted by Aerathion View Post

By the way, do you guys have any replacement cables to recommend?

I like the thinksound on1 cable (got that rec from Dale Thorn, a banned member who does video reviews on youtube). They make two, with and without an Apple remote; don't know if the remote has a mic. Best luck!
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I like the thinksound on1 cable (got that rec from Dale Thorn, a banned member who does video reviews on youtube). They make two, with and without an Apple remote; don't know if the remote has a mic. Best luck!

wish i could get that, but looks like USA only


Edited by Aerathion - 10/13/14 at 10:28am
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I've been reading about these ever since they came out. I saw the frequency response charts and knew they were what I had been waiting for. It looks like sound wise to be exactly what I have been hoping for to use for mixing and mastering. But wow, the small earcups and construction problems make these a possible no go. I'm MOST LIKELY going to do without since there isn't anything comparable on the market yet. 

But, how many people have these and have large ears like me (I'm 6'2 XL hat size) and are 100% happy with them? If they really are like on ears for most people that's crazy. 

post #757 of 762
After long consideration I'm sad to say that the FSP is now up for sale in the FS forum... overall it was just too similar to the NAD HP50 to keep both, and I need the funds to pay for my incoming K812...
post #758 of 762
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Originally Posted by Andii View Post
 

I've been reading about these ever since they came out. I saw the frequency response charts and knew they were what I had been waiting for. It looks like sound wise to be exactly what I have been hoping for to use for mixing and mastering. But wow, the small earcups and construction problems make these a possible no go. I'm MOST LIKELY going to do without since there isn't anything comparable on the market yet. 

But, how many people have these and have large ears like me (I'm 6'2 XL hat size) and are 100% happy with them? If they really are like on ears for most people that's crazy. 

you either do not have large ears or you are folding them to get them to fit the cups  :D

 

take a ruler and measure your ears top to bottom and let's see how many millimeters.

post #759 of 762
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Originally Posted by Andii View Post


But, how many people have these and have large ears like me (I'm 6'2 XL hat size) and are 100% happy with them? If they really are like on ears for most people that's crazy. 

 

I would say I have rather large ears and they fit me quite comfortably. It gets better over time as well when the foam gets softer.

I've measures the ear cups here so you can check if they'll fit yours as well:

 

FSP: 4,8cm high, 4 cm wide

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/702029/focal-spirit-professional-impressions-thread/675#post_10789416

post #760 of 762
FYI. They are offered for 179€ at amazon Spain (by amazon itself not a reseller) for those Europain guys here. Bought them a month ago and they were shipped from amazon germany. While they cost 259€ at amazon germany... Akward

I really enjoy them bur can't wear them more than an hour due to the pads. Not having big ears thought. I measured them and they measure really good! Represents what I hear. I don't hear that they are less neutral in the bass. Its just that they lack a bit of subbass. This might be the impression some get here.
They also come with a good amount of extra cable and bag which is pretty nice regarding the price. Stunning cans soundwise and pricewise.
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Someone with a huge budget should just hire Focal to create custom Spirit Professionals with better comfort/fit and build quality, since it doesn't look like they'll be revising the public release anytime soon.

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Spent some time with these headphones at our local Focal distributor (Eastern Acoustics) who gladly obliged to arrange for a demo today and have to say I'm extremely impressed with the FSPs. Powerful punchy lows, excellent transients and glorious mids, some underlying warmth and just the right amount of treble that I prefer (less aggressive than the HE-500s). Imaging was excellent, headphones didn't feel closed, but the sound stage isn't the widest. The only negatives I can honestly say about these are the fit and comfort and a couple of reservations about the build quality (I wouldn't try to bend these).

 

To further comment on the the fit, I have medium sized ears and struggled to get a good fit though fidgeting around with the cups I could manage something resembling something that could be called comfortable. The problem is that you have to go through this routine every time you take the headphones off. They also heat up rather quickly though the memory foam is nice, but on hot days you'd probably grab another headphone. I would guess that I would manage around 30-60 minutes of listening to these before fatigued sets in. For a studio headphone where users will have to use these for long periods of time this could be a deal breaker though I would hedge my bets that many simply wouldn't care, because these sound so phenomenal!

 

Still on the fence whether I'm going to purchase these (In my personal headphone rankings I'd place them ahead of the Sennheiser HD600, the transients were better than the Hifiman HE-500), the sound quality on offer definitely more than warrants the asking price, but they are still quite expensive and for would expect a a headphone that is more comfortable. Best genres: Acoustic, classical, alternative, rock and vocals.


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