Focal Clear headphones
Mar 17, 2018 at 9:45 AM Post #3,076 of 10,027

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anyone curious about the Cavalli amps on Massdrop for their Clears? I'm sort of zeroing in on the Woo WA6SE, but the Cavalli CTH and the Liquid Carbon are both really inexpensive balanced amps ( which the WA6SE is not). The CTH just came available today as "in stock and ready to ship."

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-alex-cavalli-cth-tube-hybrid-amp

I'm interested in this combination as well if anyone tried it. FYI - Cavalli CTH is not balanced amp, just balanced connector for convenience.
 
Mar 17, 2018 at 2:34 PM Post #3,077 of 10,027

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anyone curious about the Cavalli amps on Massdrop for their Clears? I'm sort of zeroing in on the Woo WA6SE, but the Cavalli CTH and the Liquid Carbon are both really inexpensive balanced amps ( which the WA6SE is not). The CTH just came available today as "in stock and ready to ship."

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-alex-cavalli-cth-tube-hybrid-amp

Yeah, I was looking at the Cavalli also (though the balanced connector on the front is there as a convenience, it's not balanced).
I'm also very tempted at the price drop on the Woo WA7d amp ($799).
 
Mar 17, 2018 at 3:56 PM Post #3,078 of 10,027

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I think it's finally time to admit I have a problem.

I bought the Clears because they would scratch my Focal itch without buying the Utopia. Instead, they made we want MORE.

I think my weak link is now my headphone rack - though it's nice to see these three headphones, battle to the death each night, just for the privilege of going on my head before I lie on the couch next to it.

At least the Clear's pretty much own my head when I'm at my desk.

Incredible setup. Would you mind comparing SR-009 with the Focals (Clear and Utopia)? I have auditioned both Clear and Utopia and own some Stax lambdas, but haven't heard the Omegas. With all those headphones being detailed oriented and very clear and transparent, is the biggest difference the dynamic impact factor? I imagine the Clear/Utopia have a more visceral weight and feel to the sound compared to the SR-009 light and airy nature?
 
Mar 17, 2018 at 11:47 PM Post #3,080 of 10,027

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I think it's finally time to admit I have a problem.

I bought the Clears because they would scratch my Focal itch without buying the Utopia. Instead, they made we want MORE.

I think my weak link is now my headphone rack - though it's nice to see these three headphones, battle to the death each night, just for the privilege of going on my head before I lie on the couch next to it.

At least the Clear's pretty much own my head when I'm at my desk.

I am impressed. Probably need to drop good 50k to build your rigs. Given the depth of your wallet, I wonder why you are not interested in high-end 2 way speakers at this moment.
 
Mar 18, 2018 at 12:46 AM Post #3,081 of 10,027

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I am impressed. Probably need to drop good 50k to build your rigs. Given the depth of your wallet, I wonder why you are not interested in high-end 2 way speakers at this moment.

Looks like I have a faulty clear. Drivers are bottoming out at way too low a volume. Listening to Bladerunner 2049 soundtrack. Ha that’s what I get for showing off.

Listened to the Utopias and there fine. I have never heard distortion like that before. Like lightning crackling. Guess I gotta exchange my clears.

In regard to your question about a 2 channel system, I do have some decent speakers (meridian dsp 6000s), but they are mainly used for home theater. I live in a 2 bedroom apartment in NYC with my wife and 2 year old son so I don’t really have the space for it nor the ability to listen to it the way I can listen to headphones.

Maybe something to consider if I move out of the city into a house, but honestly, just really like headphones!
 
Mar 18, 2018 at 12:57 AM Post #3,082 of 10,027

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Looks like I have a faulty clear. Drivers are bottoming out at way too low a volume. Listening to Bladerunner 2049 soundtrack. Ha that’s what I get for showing off.

Listened to the Utopias and there fine. I have never heard distortion like that before. Like lightning crackling. Guess I gotta exchange my clears.

In regard to your question about a 2 channel system, I do have some decent speakers (meridian dsp 6000s), but they are mainly used for home theater. I live in a 2 bedroom apartment in NYC with my wife and 2 year old son so I don’t really have the space for it nor the ability to listen to it the way I can listen to headphones.

Maybe something to consider if I move out of the city into a house, but honestly, just really like headphones!

Gotcha. When I lived in NYC, I was able to hear somebody singing from the upper floor in my smallish 1-bedroom apartment. Never dreamed of any audio equipments, as I already had too many stuff in my small dark room.
 
Mar 18, 2018 at 1:27 AM Post #3,083 of 10,027

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I must say that the Silver / Grey colour looks better than expected after using it for a couple of days. Glad that I didn’t go for the professional version.
 
Mar 18, 2018 at 5:35 AM Post #3,084 of 10,027

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Maybe something to consider if I move out of the city into a house, but honestly, just really like headphones!

Man, my home rig gets dust every day more and almost exclusively play on social occasions ... I admit I’m also a headphone guy, they are so convenient

Ps: Btw, incredible rig. I just own one set of IEMs and Clear, where I live, giving the importance and value most people give to having a high quality audio device, I’m considered a weirdo :wink:
 
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Mar 18, 2018 at 6:53 AM Post #3,085 of 10,027

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I think it's finally time to admit I have a problem.

I bought the Clears because they would scratch my Focal itch without buying the Utopia. Instead, they made we want MORE.

I think my weak link is now my headphone rack - though it's nice to see these three headphones, battle to the death each night, just for the privilege of going on my head before I lie on the couch next to it.

At least the Clear's pretty much own my head when I'm at my desk.


i see you have afo too.. how do they compare? is it clear better than the afo? thx
 
Mar 18, 2018 at 8:06 AM Post #3,087 of 10,027

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Looks like I have a faulty clear. Drivers are bottoming out at way too low a volume. Listening to Bladerunner 2049 soundtrack. Ha that’s what I get for showing off.

Listened to the Utopias and there fine. I have never heard distortion like that before. Like lightning crackling. Guess I gotta exchange my clears.

In regard to your question about a 2 channel system, I do have some decent speakers (meridian dsp 6000s), but they are mainly used for home theater. I live in a 2 bedroom apartment in NYC with my wife and 2 year old son so I don’t really have the space for it nor the ability to listen to it the way I can listen to headphones.

Maybe something to consider if I move out of the city into a house, but honestly, just really like headphones!

I think I also have a bad set of Clears. I get intermittent crackle/breakup in the right channel. Looks like I have to contact my dealer and see about getting these repaired/replaced (they're 2 months old).
 
Mar 18, 2018 at 12:02 PM Post #3,089 of 10,027

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i see you have afo too.. how do they compare? is it clear better than the afo? thx

Still need to spend more time with the Clears and the Utopias - and at that point I will provide more in depth comparisons.
 
Mar 18, 2018 at 12:09 PM Post #3,090 of 10,027

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I just got a replacement set of Clears (I am using the Clear Professional) and the crackling issue is much, much better.

I was getting crackling mainly on film scores. On the Bladerunner 2049 soundtrack it was really bad - loud, loud clacking.

I listened to Cliff Martinez "Game Night" no distortion (first track). I listened to War Anthem by Max Richter (which seemed to be the distortion test track for the Elears), at a reasonable high volume, and distortion at all.

I am still, however, getting some light distortion on Blade Runner 2049 (first track). It's a very light static. I also get this when I adjust the volume pot - so it almost sounds like a dirty volume pot. Thing is, I tried it on all my other amps with the same behavior - so its not the amp.

Can anyone listen to the first track on Blade Runner 2049 and tell me what you are hearing?

At least for now, these seem better than my previous set - but still issues on that album only.
 

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