Focal Elear - Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by grizzlybeast, Jun 21, 2016.
  1. BunnyNamedCraig
    There will be casualties on the wall of fame!
  2. makne
    seems like the perfect headphone for people who loved the base of the Elear, but had issues with the 4k dip and somewhat bloated bass.
    Personally I use Sonarworks and EQ to tune the Elear anyway so the Clear doesn't really seem relevant to me, but for people who don't want to/can't use eq, the clear looks awesome.
    Case and cables are beautiful too.
  3. MadMike
    I agree- I am using the True-Fi app and couldn't be happier! The upper mid-range sounds beautiful- no suck-out and the bass is tight and packs a good punch. Using a parametric EQ almost gets me there, but I like the universality of the True-Fi app. Still, would love to compare the Clear to the EQ'd Elear.
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  4. makne
    Yeah the calibration really evens out the midrange, gives you more "texture" in the upper mids and more perceived clarity. The bass also changes pretty much, leans out and extends way further than with stock tuning. I was really surprised and impressed that one could get such deep bass out of the Elear's DD just by eq'ing. It's still not an Audeze, but not too far from it!

    The true-fi app is a great too, does the same calibration at a lower price than reference 4. I just bought reference 4 on black friday to have some more features (preamp dB control, some FR presets and slightly more tweaking options), but you could do pretty much the exact same thing with true-fi.

    I'd love to compare the Clear to Elear too, especially EQ'd Elear. I have a feeling that it would be a close race. Will try and do so whenever the Clear hits Norwegian stores and I have the opportunity :)
  5. MadMike
    Agree. Likely just subtle differences between the Elear and the Clears. BUT, won't know until we try.
  6. vo_obgyn
    I've had the Elears for a couple of weeks now and I continue to be amazed by the sound quality, even without EQ in my system. The sound is so unlike any of my other cans. To me, the sound is the closest I've heard in any cans to loudspeakers. The cans remind me of the Thiel Audio CS2.4 loudspeaker experience in my main audio room.
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  7. Paulus XII
    I have to say that I am very, VERY disappointed with Focal AND where I got my new Elears from. In just a few days one of the drivers died on me, I've returned the headphones to and it has been almost 4 weeks, no refund. The excuse is that they have sent the Elears to Focal to know the cause of the issue (???!!!). What cause??? A faulty driver?! What do I have to do with their internal procedures with the brand??? Where the **** is my money??? I just hope none of you have to deal with Focal or, if your Elears stop working by no reason. The experience with The Elears was terrible, I have sent an email to Focal a month ago claiming about the crackling/distortion issue with bass heavy music, no response. Is this the way they treat customers? We are talking a 800€ product!!! A day after or so, one of the drivers stopped working. Definitely the worst experience ever. No headphones, no money, silence, fourth week!

    I have to say I don't trust this model, the crackling issue many of you experience is not normal and I think in some cases this results on a driver failure. I don't trust also, it was my first and last purchase in this online store. If they don't refund me this week (it will be a month), I will be forced to take serious measures.

    I wouldn't buy these headphones again nor even recommend them to anyone. Might have been bad luck, but the experience has been too frustrating and worrying. If after all this time they have the shamelessness to say that this was user's fault, this will go to well known audio review websites, forums and so on.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2018
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  8. TSAVJason
    Focal itself may have little if anything to do with it other than to make good on a warranty under the terms of that warranty. If your seller doesn’t offer a refund and made it clear at the time of sale, you might end up disappointed. On the more positive side repairs on average have been about 4-6 weeks with shipping times. So it may be in process. If a distributor is your dealers supplier it is possible they know where in the process your headphone is. Your seller wouldn’t be dealing with focal directly if there is a distributor. Typically your experience is in the hands of your seller and they should be your advocate. Focal is a stand up company so I doubt they would have anything to do with your inconvenience. Hope it all works out for you! Good Luck!
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  9. Paulus XII claims they will refund you within 14 days in their terms and conditions. I just don't see this happening when I had nothing to do with this issue. What they say is that they have sent the headphones to Focal for checking and that they are waiting a response. First they were going to be verified by their technician, now its Focal...!!!
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2018
  10. TSAVJason
    I’m sorry. I can’t speak to your warranty, seller behavior or how to get it resolved. It’s different all over the world. I do wish you the best this works out for you.
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  11. gken92
    yikes. my left driver failed on me out of sudden. tried to swap the left/right cable position and the left driver still does not produce sound. jeez. is this a common problem? also, is there serial number range that is problematic or not problematic?

    thankfully mine is still under warranty, so i'll try to contact the seller and see the options.
    also, what's focal policy for driver failure outside warranty length?
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2018
  12. RatFarm
    Kept saying this is a poorly designed headphone ... just sayin (again).
  13. Beagle
    I had a similar problem with my Elear, which was part of the initial run that had driver problems. They sent me a return shipping label right away, and I had a new pair within a week after Focal got my first set.
  14. Glasha
    Hi guys! I bought a few months ago the Focal Elear and I used them with the iBasso DX200 but the result was pretty bad. So last week I bought an amplifier, the Onkyo TX-SR252, I know that it isn't a specific amplifier for headphones, but I live in Sardinia (Italy) and we don't have any shop for good audio equipment. The result now is ok, much better than before. Now the question is: could a specific amplifier for the Elear improve a lot the sound than this Onkyo? What do you think?
    This is the link for the features of the Onkyo:
  15. Odin412
    Yes, in my opinion a dedicated headphone amp will make the Elear sound better than the headphone jack on an AV receiver, but it's hard to predict how noticeable the improvement will be. YMMV, as they say.

    Others here may have other opinions and suggestions.
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