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Focal Clear headphones

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by mtoc, Oct 1, 2017.
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  1. ubs28
    These headphones don’t even need a dedicated amplifier. So SE vs balanced is simply a colour preference if someone like the balanced over the SE output.
     
  2. SilverEars
    Yep, my experience has been something that needs a bit of oomph(more power) can make a difference balanced, and how different balanced sounds depends on topology of the amp and the headphone. I notice harder to drive planars seems to make a difference with balanced vs SE. Something like Utopia or Clear that are not hard to drive, don't notice(at least much) of a difference. Personally, I prefer single ended with the Utopia due to less punchiness, and my amp tend to make things sound a bit punchier balanced, and this perceived punchiness maybe mainly due to greater driving power of dedicated amping per driver rather than color difference of SE to balanced. Or simply the volume is greater balanced(but, without the volume knob turned greater), but not really noticing because the volume knob doesn't show it.
     
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2018
  3. Wildcatsare1
    Apparently Focal is selling the Clear as fast as they can manufacture them, so I don’t believe you’ll see deep discounts anytime soon.

    They are fantastic headphones, the best “all rounders” I’ve heard.
     
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  4. ChasingDopamine
    Yes they were excellent the couple times I tried them. Do you know if there have been any QC issues reported like the elear? I know it's early days but it does make me a bit gunshy dropping four figures if it won't last at least a couple years.

    Also considering the professionals. The colour scheme is cool and as far as I can understand the only functional difference is the lack of XLR cable?
     
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  5. crayons23
    the clear is still out of stock everywhere in NYC except for b and h which i have
    ethical opposition to. hoping it arrives soon but keep getting told it's delayed.
     
  6. Ekul61
    Put the Clears down for a couple days, been listening to my receiver and floor speakers. Headphones are great but if you really want great sound. Floor speakers it up!
     
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  7. BunnyNamedCraig
    This is the case... they are in pretty high demand and since their hand assembled it adds to the equation
     
  8. TSAVJason
    Clears will be back in stock soon but at limited stores. It’s my understanding that only 4-8 stores will be authorized to sell them. The stores that will be selling them already know who they are. If your local dealer doesn’t know, he isn’t going to be a dealer for them.

    The Clear Pro is what B&H sells not the consumer Clear.
     
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  9. franz12
    Hopefully, Focal satiate huge demand for Clear in the near future.
    And comes with an upgraded version of Clear, which probably will be my next purchase.:smile_phones:
     
  10. Ekul61
    That’s going to take some work. These things are quite amazing.
     
  11. TSAVJason
    Ah it won’t be long. It’s my understanding they are using their production lines for the Elear variant known as the Elex. After that run is completed it’s back to Clears again and we are in Clear delivery again.
     
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  12. kino lau
    Yeah, I downloaded three new albums this morning and have my DAP feeding my receiver/amp. My vintage Heresy's and sub have a much larger soundstage. I can't wait for some more intimate listening with my headphones though.

    :relaxed:
     
  13. paul2qute
    Elex what's that ?
     
  14. TSAVJason
    A variant of the Elear according to Focal
     
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  15. paul2qute
    Just been reading about it,why would focal make a headphone that massdrop has modified?
     
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