Made with Focal’s brilliant engineering and extraordinary attention to detail, the Elex headphones take a fundamentally different approach to dynamic drivers—and deliver a better measured performance across the board than headphones several times their price. A refinement of the $1,000 Elear with elements of the $1,500 Clear, they boast several improvements to the sound, build, and aesthetic, too.
The perforated microfiber ear pads bring the bass down a bit, the matching perforated microfiber headband ensures breathable comfort, and the colorway has been simplified to a subtle, mostly matte black. Finally, we’ve replaced the Elear’s 9.8-foot rubberized cable with two 6-foot cloth-wrapped cables: one with a quarter-inch connection and one with a four-pin XLR plug by Neutrik.
Specs and package contents:
Open-back circumaural design
20mm-thick perforated microfiber memory foam ear pads
Perforated microfiber headband with length adjustment and cup rotation
Cable length: 6 ft (1.8 m)
Product weight: 15.9 oz (450 g)
40mm full-range dynamic driver with aluminum-magnesium “M”-shaped dome
Impedance: 80 ohms
Sensitivity: 104 dB SPL / 1 mW at 1 kHz
THD: < 0.3% at 1 kHz / 100 dB SPL
Frequency response: 5 Hz–23 kHz
6 ft (1.8 m) cloth-wrapped single-ended cable with ¼ in (6.35 mm) plug
6 ft (1.8 m) cloth-wrapped balanced cable with 4-pin XLR plug