FOCAL ELEAR - Impressions, Discussions
Please share impressions here.
Edited by grizzlybeast - 6/21/16 at 12:52pm
You should try to convince him to have a comparison with the R10! Probably not a fair comparison, but the Elear was repeatedly described in the other thread as having rich, forward mids (a "super HD650"). Might be interesting to compare them with the king of mids!
I think at this point the R10 and Orpheus don't leave his house. He said he'd bring his original orpheus to CanLanta if Sennheiser brought their new Orpheus (they didn't haha), but other than that, I think I would have to make a pilgrimage to his home and deliver an offering to hear the Orpheus and R10.
I am getting more and more pumped by the day for the Elear though. Working on securing a loan of a few weeks of an HD650 to do an in depth comparison in addition to everything else I mentioned above.
yeah, my guess is we're gonna get a million questions about the Elear from people hoping this is the upgrade they've been waiting for from their venerable HD650. The HD800 is a brilliant headphone, but it's not an upgrade to the HD650, it's its own thing. Arguably the HD650 is still the best headphone at what it does, and if this upgrades that, there will be a lot of people VERY interested.
Hey Warren, have you had a chance to put together your detailed impressions of the Elear? Based on your brief comments, I already committed to one from our mutual friend who had a booth next to you at CanLanta, but I still want to read more to help make the time pass, haha
No, I haven't yet. Work has been pretty busy in the past couple of days so I just haven't had the time.
I'll post them here for sure as soon as I get them written up though.
glad to hear business has been booming. Can't wait!
I found the fit to be top notch. One thing they could bring from the Utopia without losing anything in the translation down to 1/4 the price is the fit/comfort. They put a lot of research into the adjustment and pivot mechanisms and it shows. The clamp is tight enough that they're not going anywhere but not so tight as to be uncomfortable over time (like the HD650, which I found needed to be stretched).
For more thoughts on the headphone, there's always my full review over on Audio Head. But obviously I'm happy to answer questions in here as well.