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Focal Clear headphones

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by mtoc, Oct 1, 2017.
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  1. conquerator2
    I agree, but the point of this comparison was to compare. I like a neutral sound, need it for the purpose that I do, and was looking for a product that'd give me that.
    I enjoy various flavor of neutral as you can see (from darker to brighter), and I think such comparisons have a place :)

    I briefly listened to the HD600/650/660S. I won't comment much on them, but I don't think they compare in soundstage-anything. I was surpisingly underwhelmed.
     
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  2. Ekul61
    Yes I agree small sound stage. Sometimes I wish I still owned the 800S so I could get the clean instrument separation ,large stage.
     
  3. TSAVJason
    And unfortunately very little bass response. I’d like the 800S more if it had bass. As it is, it’s very wimpy on bass.
     
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  4. Ekul61
    Yes hopefully they will pump up the bass someday
     
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  5. TSAVJason
    In my opinion open almost always sounds better than closed. You wouldn’t be the first person to post they prefer the AFO over an Ether C Flow. In fact I sort of do myself. There are attributes the Ether C Flows have the AFO doesn’t. What I love is the differences between headgear and speaker/amp gear and how people come to their individual choices and conclusions. I tend to enjoy more visceral audio so I lean toward amps/speakers but under a great set of cans with a good source, I admit I have been taken away on that magic carpet too. Enjoy your AFO’s! :)
     
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  6. franz12
    Unfortunately, I don’t have afo (my father has). So I keep searching an open can to complement my closed back:smile_phones:
    Honestly, after Clear had gone, I was quite dissatisfied with ether c flow. But after my ears adapt once again, I don’t complain much. I am rocking on ether c flow again. Ear adaptation and brain burn in is real:smile_phones:
     
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  7. givemetacos
    Curious how you would rank soundstage among those same headphones (Clear, AFO, LCD2C, HE4XX)? Or maybe HE-400i as substitute if you haven't heard HE4XX.
     
  8. TSAVJason
    I differ with you a little there. It may very well be my front end. Using the GSX mkII, DAVE & MACBook Pro I’d place the Clear out front of that list with the AFO next. Otherwise ...lol I guess it’s more than a little.

    Yeah, I haven’t spent any real listening time on the 4xx but I’m pretty sure I remember the 400i and the LCD2C.
     
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  9. NickedWicked
    The HD 820 is around the corner, just wait a little longer. :)
     
  10. givemetacos
    Oh I'm not the original person that gave the comparison review. I've heard all those headphones though and was just curious as to how you hear them. And I am a bit surprised you find the Clear to be the best of all of them. I have both Elear and LCD2C and the LCD2C feels to have a bigger soundstage than Elear as Elear feels so punchy and "in your face". But to be honest, I never found any of these headphones listed to be particularly noteworthy in the souundstage department.
     
  11. Ekul61
    Ok thx if Senn can add bass to the 800S we might have a new king
     
  12. noplsestar
    Has anyone tried the Clears with the Utopia pads (or Elear pads)?
     
  13. TSAVJason
    You’ll lose bass response if you use either of those 2 types of pads on the Utopia
     
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  14. Arthur Li
    Owned the aeon flow open before, sold it after few weeks of usage. It's a decent headphone but not the "super HD600" that I've been looking for. I compared AFO (with/ without front dampening) to my HD600 and found that HD600 sounds clearer and smoother. I actually preferred listening to the 600. Focal Clear, on the other hand, is very close to what I've been looking for (despite sounding ever so slightly aggressive in the treble region). I sold my 600 after acquiring the clear.
     
  15. Arthur Li
    I tried elear pads on clear. They give the clear a bass boast. I much prefer clear with stock pads.
     
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