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Focal Clear headphones

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by mtoc, Oct 1, 2017.
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  1. herrsmith
    Just listened on my entirely different equipment to make sure it is what I thought it was, and know exactly what you're talking about in the first track. It's 100% in the recording and is caused by too much spit behind the reed. I played clarinet for about 10 years, so I'm intimately familiar with that sound and I transcribed the bass line of the tune in college, so I'm intimately familiar with the track. The perfect storm.
     
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  2. snafu1
    Yeah, it's in the recording. For such a highly acclaimed album, I was shocked when I discovered this.
     
  3. herrsmith
    I mean, what are they going to do? Re-do the take? Make sure everyone clears out the condensation from their instruments before every take? Punch in Cannonball's hits? What's next? Punching in on flubbed notes? Jazz isn't always perfect, but sometimes "perfect" can be a little too sterile.
     
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2018
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  4. snafu1
    I just got the Woo WA7 tube amp (6C45 Russian tubes). Since they came out with a newer version, they have the 1st generation WA7 amp on sale (while they last). I'm quite pleased with the sound signature. Just a tad smoother, but not too much "tubiness". At 55 ohms, I've been using the 1/4" jack. But the WA7 does have a seperate 3.5mm jack for lower impedance IEM's. I've tried both. The 1/4" jack drives the Clears better.
     
  5. kino lau
    I'm glad to read that everybody hears it. I was going to listen with my living room system but wasn't motivated enough to put the file on a DAP this morning or move my laptop. The album was released in 1959 so I'm thrilled that it sounds as great as it does.
     
  6. TSAVAlan
    Sometimes weird to hear a song that I have heard like probably a million times and picking up new things. Wonder sometimes if I am going crazy or just I am leveling up my hearing skills!
     
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  7. Paulo Abreu
    Yes, it sounds great, often used as a reference album for equipment tests. And not surprisingly, you'll find many many excellent recording from the 60s and older days ... you know, before loudness wars. @TSAVAlan, most probably you're not leveling up your hears, weird enough that 40 years later I'm listening many classics with greater accuracy than people at time... a bit like the Higgs boson they knew existed but only many years after could be spotted
    :thinking:
     
  8. TSAVJason
    Hey no picking on my employee @TSAVAlan. His ears look totally level to me :)
     
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  9. TSAVJason
    I personally think the Clear is their best headphone at a realistic price. All their headphones are good but the Clear is really good.

    Sorry I should have added “for the money”
     
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2018
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  10. BunnyNamedCraig
    Isn’t that fascinating? Something else I find neat is how my listening skills and tastes have improved since I first started in the hobby till now. I think that’s why some people sell headphones and then years later want to buy them again...

    @kino lau you know I did the same thing you did, except it was the Utopia that got me into listening to classical music!

    You know got something special when the headphone makes you more engaged by genres you aren’t used to
     
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  11. doraymon
    The Norne Draug3 just arrived... beautifully built, Oyaide 1/4" to the Dave and Oyaide 3.5mm connectors to the Clear.
    I call it "The Energizer", with both my Ether C Flow and now Clear this cable seem to inject life in the music. IMO it's about the best a pure copper cable can offer...

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  12. paul2qute
    I've just bought the Audio‑Technica ATH‑DSR9BT headphones for the gym,apparently the best Bluetooth headphone out there and new technology no other headphone has,my heimdall 2 headphone cable costs more than these headphones but I'm sure they will be more than enough for the gym
     
  13. Paulo Abreu
    Nice looking cable! Your picture actually looks better than they ones on manufacturer site... :)

    What are your impressions on sound over the stock cable?
    Regards
     
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  14. ubs28
    Anyone tried 3rd party cables with the Clear?

    As an experiment, I made my own DIY silver + copper cable (obviously not as good as a hifgh-end cable) and it makes the bass slam a little bit extra. But it's a small difference so I'm not sure if it worth trying to tweak the Clear a bit with a high-end cables if the Clear isn't so sensitive to cables.
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2018
  15. devilboy
    @doraymon... Beautiful cable. That's exactly the cable I'm considering for my Clears (which will be here in one week )

    @ubs28... Thank you for asking the question I've been wanting an answer to for weeks.
     
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