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Focal Sphear S High Definition Earphones - Black
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- Large electro-dynamic drivers for a remarkable sound neutrality
- Improved comfort for prolonged listening
- Compatible with all types of devices (smartphones, tablets, MP3 player, computers)
- Universal remote control for controlling music and phone calls
- Delivered with a full kit of accessories (carrying case, tips...)
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Enjoy Focal sound wherever you are with the Sphear S in-ear headphones. The ultra-large Mylar transducers (10.8mm), one of the biggest of their type, ensure an extended frequency response in the low end as well as a remarkable tonal balance. Designed to suit all ear shapes and sizes, Sphear S provides noise isolation and ensures and optimal audio experience in complete comfort, even during prolonged listening.
1 x Sphear S earphones; 3 silicone tips (sizes S/M/L); 3 memory foam tips (sizes S/M/L); 1 carrying case
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The mic on my Sennheiser M2 Momentum In-Ear broke, so I was looking for the best in-ear headphone under £200 I could find.
- Since I needed headphones that would work on Android, that ruled out RHA T20, since the only version with a mic is for iOS. Ditto for B&W C5 s2, iOS only. If you're looking for a headphone for iPhone, I'd add those two options to the shortlist. If you're using Android...well, your options are fewer.
- The Bose QC 20 come in just under £200, but since I own multiple noise cancelling headphones, including the Bose QC 25, I didn't feel the need for yet another NC headphone. If you don't have a noise cancelling headphone, have £200 to spare and would use them for travel - the Bose QC 20 are a no-brainer.
- I was looking for a well-sounding headphone that does the music justice, giving as life-like representation as possible (can you see how much I'm trying to avoid using the word "audiophile"?). My search limited it to Sennheiser's M2 Momentum In-Ear (to replace the pair I have), or to try the Focal Sphear. After reading many very positive reviews, I decided to give Focal a shot. A decision I'm extremely happy with now.
COMPARED TO SENNHEISER MOMENTUM M2 IN-EAR
(I'll compare with the Sennheiser M2 as a reference, since they've been considered the top model in the £100 segment for years)
- Handles detail much better. A/B testing the intro on Aerosmith's "Janie's got a gun", where there's so much happening...that's when the difference became very apparent. The Focals are talented, very talented.
- Big sound stage, remarkably bigger than others in this price range.
- Power output: due to larger driver size, these can go much louder than my other IEMs. This is especially important if you're using an Android phone (less so on iPhone which has better power output). On my Nexus 6P, the Sennheiser M2s some times can't go loud enough. The Focals are easy to drive, couldn't go full volume.
- Balanced sound that has plenty of power in high, mid, lows...without being fatiguing. In comparison, the M2s are a bit too aggressive in the mids and highs (in Crowded House's "Weather with you", the S-sounds in the vocals became annoyingly harsh).
- Transparent, neutral & lifelike sound: I usually test with Fleetwood Mac's "Rumour", since it's such a well-produced album that it reveals many flaws of headphones. The Focals did so well here, that for a moment I forgot I was using in-ear monitors.
- Engaging: one of the drawbacks with neutral sounding headphones, is that they can sound a bit...bland, for the lack of a better word. The Focal Sphear is on the contrary very engaging. It made "How to disappear completely" from Radiohead's 'Kid A' album sound so great and full, that I forgot I was testing the headphones and got lost in the music.
- Comfortable: these don't go as far in as other IEMs, so they're really comfortable to wear for longer stretches. Comes with 6 different tips (3 silicon and 3 memory foam...I love the latter).
I've loved the Sennheiser Momentum-line (their over-ear model is my go-to for regular outdoor use). The M2 in-ear has been the top rated model by What Hi-Fi in the below £100 price range for a few years now. Sooner or later there comes a time when the torch needs to be passed on. Focal Sphear is the new reigning king, there isn't anything else to be said. These sound like they could be twice the price.
I have Focal Pros and absolutely think they are great, I would give those headphones 5 stars. The reason I have given these earphones 4 stars is, at the moment I have not burned these in, the Sphear have just so very slightly more bass than the Pros. Okay sound is very subjective and we all hear things differently, but it does feel that way to my ears.
They have yet to burn in so I am hoping they may settle down, without becoming more bass heavy.
The bass is not booming at all, it is just slightly raised. Overall, the effect it creates, is a very warm tone. I wouldn’t say these earphones are flat due to this colourisation but all earphones, headphones seem to have their own sound signature either too much bass, or raised mids etc.
The mids are on the raised side but not in the league of Shures with highs highlighting the detail. They sound like Focals which is what I wanted.
Build quality is good, a good solid feel. Packaging was a tad basic but you do get plenty tips. If you wish to purchase an extra set of comply they are comply 160.
The Pros which are over ear headphones have a more flat sound to them in comparison but I believe Focal raised the bass a little more for when out and about to compete with the noise of the outside world.
You do get one Comply pair of each small, medium and large. These are great for noise isolation which I really like with earphones, I must add that, that is not for everyone as some people get a feeling of pressure in the ears. There are silicon tips included too but you won’t get the same seal.
I must add for the price they are truly amazing and when you take into account the price they actually should be 5 stars so I’m being a little harsh
Features wise it is a single button so no volume control. A slight pain but good enough. The cables feel a little thin so they need to be handled with a little care. There is a good selection of ear plug styles and sizes so everyone should get ones to fit. I have odd eardrums so use a different type in each ear but it works just great.
Now the sound. Wow. Simply wow. Their sound is very similar to the Spirit Pros but in an earphone. Highs and mids are very present and clinical without being tinny or fizzy, like the sounds are right on your tongue. But the bass is the deepest most perfect representation I have heard in an earphone. And I own some Shure in-ear monitors that cost 5 x the price. You don’t need to form a seal in the ear canal in order to get that bass either, you can just sit hem in gently and they sound totally awesome.
In letting friends try them out, in every case as soon as they have a listen I get this look of amazement and disbelief from them and they go order a pair. They sound that good.
So far I have 2 Focal products and they are simply stunning. The best, most accurate and most immersive sounds I have heard. I will be buying more of their products. The Sphears in my opinion would still be worth it at 5 x the price but at under £100 they are a no-brainier for the discerning ear.
I’ve been using them for a month now and still loving every moment. 5 stars!
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