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Checkout the Focal Elear as well. They are on sale at Headphone.com with a case and extra pads for 599.According to the sonarworks review site, the Focal Elear is actually ranked slightly higher than Focal Clear.Also, the Sony MDR Z7 M2 is worth a look as well.
Thanks for the reply! I've heard mixed comments about the Elear vs Clear. Some say they couldn't really tell a difference; others say that Clear was clearly (no pun intended) better. Having previously owned a ZR1, I think I'd be less likely to jump on a Z7. A big question for me is whether any of these would be much better than my HD650's.
jawks,I really like the T1's I have the Rev 2's and they really are a very good headphone. Some folks at other sites very much dislike them.I started with Beyers years ago and was and still am impressed with their build quality, and went thru T90's to DT1350's and had to try their TOTL can the T1.Been thru planars with Audeze, Grados with three different sets, some Audio Technica and AKG;s.For me the Focal Clears are the nicest tonally balanced articulate headphones I have ever listened to.I almost ordered the HD800s' but one of the site folks kept telling me go listen to them....and I have a dealer just a few miles away.It took me about 3 minutes to discern these were something special and I had to have a set....Never heard a ZMF.I know there is nothing that is perfect but these are getting really close IMO....and for a $999 price until the end of Sept....its a sweet deal for sure...Still $1K, but if I knew what I know now from experience I would have bought these years ago. If they existed back then!!Great times in audio...Alex
I recently sent a buddy my old pair of Hifiman 400i’s, his main headphone for the last few months are the Senn HD 650’s. He personally likes what the 400i’s has to offer in sound quality and now likes them better then the 650’s..You won’t know for sure how any headphones sounds until you’ve listened to them at home in your system, at least that’s the way it’s going with me.. Personal taste is everything.. I now own the Senn HD 800S, Hifiman Ananda’s and the Beyer T1.2’s, they all have something going for them. Toocool4 is right, the better the headphones the more resolving they are, crappy recording sound like crap and great recording will reward you. Enjoy the ride.. It's fun.Jerry
. According to the reviews from the sonarworks website, both Focal phones are a step up from the 650's in terms of both sound and build quality. No question the Focals will hold up a lot longer than the 650's.Regarding the sound quality deltas between the Elear and Clear, that's a tough one to nail down. The Clears will play slightly louder than the Elears with a given input level, due to the lower impedance, but they are essentially the same driver. The Elears measure flatter than the Clear, so combine that with a slightly louder volume level for the same input, that could account for the varied opinions. Keep in mind most people will instinctively initially pick the louder volume object as sounding better. It's only over time do opinions change once folks work that out. At any rate, good luck, and will be interested to see what you decide.
I first bought a set of Grado SR80e to see what the Grado House sound was all about, then I bought a set ofPrestige 325is, I actually enjoyed them, but the comfort level for me was not that great.The earpads were scratchy feeling to me and I could never get used to them...but they were indeed clear and bright.Dont think you will go wrong with the Focals....there are others out there that are good as well. I right now am totally satisfied with this purchase and these may be my end game cans.Alex
If you never listen to the Focal Clear or Focal Utopia then the Elear is good, but if you hear the Clear or Utopia then you will think the Elear sounds broken because that is what the Clear and the Utopia make the Elear sound like. Personally I don’t care how much the Elear’s are discounted for, save up the extra and get the Clear or Utopia.
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