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Great sounding balanced headphones
on 11 March 2014
These headphones come in a really rather nice foam padded box, and look like a luxury item. The headband is covered in soft padded leather (at least it smells like leather) with metal arms holding the ear cups, which are mostly plastic. The ear pads themselves are covered in a faux leather and are very soft (memory foam). For me, after an initial adjustment period (for me and the headphones) they are quite comfortable to wear. I get away with wearing glasses which have thin arms, though maybe thicker glasses would not work so well. So much for the aesthetics, which are about in line with the price.
The sound quality of these headphones is something else. I have experience with other somewhat more expensive headphones (B&W P5, Denon AH-D2000) as well as cheaper ones (Grado SR80, Sennheiser PX-100) and the Focal Spirit Classics are in a league above them all. Detail is excellent across the audio spectrum and music sounds very complete, with no excessive emphasis or dips, and very punchy (great dynamics). The bass goes deep without any booming, and has very low distortion. Treble is free of sibilance.
In short, these headphones present music close to the original mix, with a rich and full sound. While listening to my favourite music over the last few days, I have discovered many details previously hidden, and in some cases it is like hearing a completely new version of the track.
Downsides are few for me. Sonically, there isn’t much to complain about. Dull mixes still sound dull, and there is no coloration to lift them out. Comfort is okay, but the headband has quite a high clamping force which I hope will alleviate over time. Portability is tricky since there is no supplied case and the bag, which nice enough, is just a cloth bag - it will protect from scuffs but not from hard knocks. The shorter cable (with inline microphone and control button) sounds quite different than the 4m cable: it needs much higher volume and didn’t sound as good (perhaps because it is thinner and/or has the microphone line). To get the most out of these headphones, use the longer cable (which the manual itself recommends).
Overall, I think these are remarkable headphones, and even more so for the price.