Focal For Bentley Radiance Headphones
Apr 4, 2021 at 11:35 AM Post #436 of 513

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Yeah. Got to spend two hours with it yesterday. This was a private demo for a unit that is being sold today. Sennheiser flew it in for this weekend only. Unbelievable experience that I’ll never forget. I'll be totally honest once I got there and listened to three tracks I didn't want to put the Radiance back on.

I did however A/B test on five tracks for 30sec each. The legends are real and the HE-1 won by an absolute mile. The Radiance kept up in bass for midbass depth but the sub bass and definition is on another level with the HE-1. Detail retrieval is not the same at all and the Radiance sounds lackluster by comparison. IMG_2215.jpg
Wow thanks for the pics. In my world, a system like the HE-1 doesn’t exist🤓 Is there any competition out there at this price point?
 
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Ok even though i don’t have a Bentley yet I just ordered the Focal Radiance from Selfridges Retail store in UK.

I now need a 3 meter cable. Perhaps i can purchase a 3 meter Focal cable accessory.
Please, save your money and consider other options.

Focal cables are terrible; I've had a lot of Focal sets (including the Radiance) and I need to change the cables right away.

I'm a very tolerant and patient person but...the rage those cables conjure out of me is mythical. They are the stiff, unreasonable and unwieldy. They manage to knock stuff off of counters in whole other rooms. They refuse to straighten. They click and clack microphonically like a drunken Clydesdale at a tap competition - in a glass barnhouse.

My best reccomendation is ordering something from Oidio, Forza Audio Works, or what have you. If you're in a pinch the Meze Silver (balanced or unbalanced) is good.

For the Radiance I *highly* reccomend running them balanced if possible. When I got them I was sort of on the fence about them as a whole, and tentitively put them up for sale. One day I got a Forza audio works 4.4mm balanced cable with a 2.5mm attachment and thought to retest the Focals.

Holy Hannah....though.


I tell you what, I took the Radiance off the selling section 2 minutes in. And this was off a Ipad pro 2020 and a bloody dongle. (Qudelix 5k)
 
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Apr 12, 2021 at 6:42 AM Post #439 of 513

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Please, save your money and consider other options.

Focal cables are terrible; I've had a lot of Focal sets (including the Radiance) and I need to change the cables right away.

I'm a very tolerant and patient person but...the rage those cables conjure out of me is mythical. They are the stiff, unreasonable and unwieldy. They manage to knock stuff off of counters in whole other rooms. They refuse to straighten. They click and clack microphonically like a drunken Clydesdale at a tap competition - in a glass barnhouse.

My best reccomendation is ordering something from Oidio, Forza Audio Works, or what have you. If you're in a pinch the Meze Silver (balanced or unbalanced) is good.

For the Radiance I *highly* reccomend running them balanced if possible. When I got them I was sort of on the fence about them as a whole, and tentitively put them up for sale. One day I got a Forza audio works 4.4mm balanced cable with a 2.5mm attachment and thought to retest the Focals.

Holy Hannah....though.


I tell you what, I took the Radiance off the selling section 2 minutes in. And this was off a Ipad pro 2020 and a bloody dongle. (Qudelix 5k)
Hello and thank you.
The issues you had with Focal cables are they on the Cloth covered cables which kink? However what about the new rubber cables?

yes am interested in Oidio, Forza Audio WorksOidio.
Not very knowledgeable in this area. Just need a 3 meter cable ending in 6.35mm. Can you advise on which spec to choose. Both sites have too many options. And OIDIO don’t seem in stock for Mongrel.
 
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Let me just say that our micro iDSD BL was recently replaced with micro iDSD Signature, and there's also micro iDSD Diablo above it :)
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The headphones look nice but I would kind of feel like a poser since I don't own a Bentley :frowning2: so I would totally use them but keep them at home :p which is wamp wamp bcus closed backs
 
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Moved comment to other thread to keep this one on topic.
The headphones look nice but I would kind of feel like a poser since I don't own a Bentley :frowning2: so I would totally use them but keep them at home :p which is wamp wamp bcus closed backs
What you don’t have a Bentley. Outrageous.

I have atleast 3. One of which my Butler Harold is arranging to respray so that it matches the Radiance headphones and ofcourse new Copper Accent colourAlloys.
 
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I have been trying to find out the difference apart from the Pentagon connector. No dealer in UK can explain. There used to be a phone number for ifi uk, but no longer available. Instead a long complicated form that assumes you already purchased

To not derail this thread, please shoot me a PM and I'll explain how it works there. :)
 
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Hello and thank you.
The issues you had with Focal cables are they on the Cloth covered cables which kink? However what about the new rubber cables?

yes am interested in Oidio, Forza Audio WorksOidio.
Not very knowledgeable in this area. Just need a 3 meter cable ending in 6.35mm. Can you advise on which spec to choose. Both sites have too many options. And OIDIO don’t seem in stock for Mongrel.
While the old cloth covered ones were bad, the rubber ones with newer models are no better by any stretch. Generally I prefer Forza because they are the least stiff and even their hybrid (I think its the claire but they have one grade higher) engenders better sound than stock. Again the Meze, especially the balanced silver is really great.
 
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While the old cloth covered ones were bad, the rubber ones with newer models are no better by any stretch. Generally I prefer Forza because they are the least stiff and even their hybrid (I think its the claire but they have one grade higher) engenders better sound than stock. Again the Meze, especially the balanced silver is really great.
I just ordered OIDIO Mongrel cable. Also purchased £25 Meze cable to keep me going until Mongrel arrives next month. MANY MANY MANY THANKS. TOP PERSON. AWESOME
 
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While the old cloth covered ones were bad, the rubber ones with newer models are no better by any stretch. Generally I prefer Forza because they are the least stiff and even their hybrid (I think its the claire but they have one grade higher) engenders better sound than stock. Again the Meze, especially the balanced silver is really great.
The balanced Meze silver is a short cable right - under 3meters?
 

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