Submitted by jaredjcrandall on January 12, 2017 - 11:05am . Massdrop Focal Elex Review These are my current favorites when it comes to open back over-the-ear headphones My buddy Steve and I would get on the BART subway system in Northern California’s Bay Area every morning. Stay updated on The Source AV at their. I was originally looking at the Focal Elex for $700(including shipping). The Elex may look great in my hand, but the HD58X feels great on my head. … Headphones & Audio Gear; REVIEW OVERVIEW: DESIGN. The characters are endearing, with multi-layered and engaging backstories. PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE: We will match any lower price you find during the Holidays from an Authorized Dealer. With texture, punch, dynamics, reverb and other goodies, it’s a sonic treasure box and real desert island stuff! A refinement of the $1,000 Elear with elements of the $1,500 Clear, they boast several improvements to the sound, build, and aesthetic, too. Like some bass, vocals and highs dont like bass overpowering my music. GRAS High Resolution Ear Simulator Whitepaper (by Morten Wille). Don't worry, we hate spam as much as you do. With the mods they turned into decent set headphones, that can be used with portable devices and PC. Which is a shame as I feel Focal did a great many things right in the Elear design. I’ve found that I definitely prefer the HD58X’s warmer tilt, which gives voices and instruments a body that they lack with the Elex (unless I turn up the volume). Beyond that, while the Elex can sound very technically impressive on the right tracks at the right volume, not once did it allow me to lose myself in the music the way that I can with the HD58X. Over Ear Amp needed Open Back Massdrop link Reviews… Z Reviews Metal571 DMS Frankly, we wouldn’t have been surprised to see a price tag twice the size on these over-ears. Reach out to us through our handy live chat or by e-mail. The Elex also achieves something special in that it places the image more in front of me than I’m used to from headphones, making it very “speaker-like” in that regard. I’m still learning what “microdynamics” really means, but their rendering of the tremolo in the voices around 1:00 into Get Lucky seems like a good example of these headphones’ capabilities to portray small volume swings. Both of these headphones image very well within what one might call “intimate” soundstages which to me sound more natural than wider soundstages like on the HE400i or HD598. Both of these headphones roll off a little but extend surprisingly well and remain reasonably articulate down there. Weight improves, clarity increases and everything just sounds more vivid and punchy. Tin Pan Alley’s sounds explode out of nowhere and fade as quickly as they appeared, jerking the listener around as Stevie Ray pulls her along through his solo. They are not in the ballpark of Audeze LCD series weight though, so that’s a blessing. JonCharles, Jul 30, 2018 #226. starence likes this. If you love headphones, you'll love our emails. That’s not to say the Elex isn’t fun. And it's free! Great news for people who are interested in Focal headphones, as Massdrop has announced the Massdrop x Focal Elex, a variation on the Elear based on feedback from members. The story is definitely the strongest pillar holding up ELEX. We’d spend about an hour on the train as we headed to our office in San Francisco. 1. Good deal for $170, too bad it doesn’t scale and have resolution like HD6XX. Speaking of comfort, Focal did a terrific job with the headband on the Elear. I was waiting for something good, like a Massdrop LCD-X or something, I guess this is something good. I find the top end of the AT M50x more listenable. The two Snarky Puppy songs on the test playlist show off both headphones’ percussive capabilities very well, and also their imaging on large jazz ensembles. purr1n, Dec 15, 2017 #1. Partially because of its leaner sound but also because of better speed, the Elex overall sounds clearer and more detailed. (Focal Elex + Radsone ES100) Headphones and Headphone Amplifier Reviews: 4: Sep 24, 2020: FS: Massdrop Focal Elex: Audio Equipment For Sale: 2: Jun 25, 2020: Beyerdynamic T1 Black Ed. By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies. Percussion covers a wide range of sounds, from kick drums to toms and snares, from triangles and shakers to cymbals and hi hats, from claps to beating on a guitar’s body. I listen to pretty much all kinds of music, but skew towards stuff that includes at least some acoustic instruments and unprocessed human voices. I enjoyed listening to all the percussive instruments surrounding my head! However, at the low volumes I use, the HD58X sounds very cohesive and is good enough across the board that it makes it a pleasure to listen to just about anything. Thankfully the cable is easily replaced. following the recommendations in the MiniDSP manual, but at a lower SPL to match my typical listening level. The Focal Elear can be driven to a respectable SPL from most headphone jacks, so a dedicated headphone amp isn’t required. Will from Massdrop contacted me and asked if I’d like to be part of the launch of the Elex. The slightly warm but mostly neutral sound signature works well on pretty much all of the music to which I listen and I can enjoy it at low volumes. For those who have the Elex and Sonarworks, try using the Focal Clear Professional correction. P.S. Ears validate the measurements, not the other way. I find that dynamic driver headphones often get the “punchy” part but sometimes struggle with “clear and articulate”. This is less of an issue after the felt mod and also less of an issue on the more powerful solid state amps, but still generally true. … Focal Elear open-back wired headphones reviewExcellent sound qualityBeautiful designA little heavy9Overall ScoreSound9Design9.5Comfort8.5Value9We review a ton of consumer-focused headphones here at Headphone Review, but every now and then we get access to something truly special. Someone who listens at higher volumes might better appreciate the Elex. Listen Professional Professional closed-back headphones. Utopia and Elear are made in France and about to hit the market. The HD58X has plenty of punch, well-enough extended bass and treble, and it generally sounds cohesive. Headphones.com, started by Andrew and Taron Lissimore, was founded in 2016 with a strict focus on delivering the best customer service possible. You must log in or register to reply here. Well, sometimes the measurements keep us honest. Having recently gone on a DSP binge and sold my Beyerdynamic DT 1990 because I was having so much fun with my Audeze LCD2C, I came off that binge wanting to own some headphones that don’t need any EQ or crossfeed to sound good. For the price it would be extremely difficult to match the performance these cans offer. I’ll need to spend more time with it before I come to a final conclusion, but the HD58X + LG V20 augmented by an NX4 for critical listening could be my sweet spot. Last but not least, I personally find the HD58X much more comfortable. My measurements (relative to a Harman-like target) illustrate the general similarity in their tonal balance versus something like the LCD2C. With the help of Massdrop.com, they were able to collaborate and come out with Elex in 2017. Turn up the HD58X too much, and it starts to sound muddy and congested. It loses to the Elex on technicalities like speed and detail retrieval, and it’s less smooth, but it’s pretty darned good across the board, images exceptionally well, and renders macrodynamics better than the Elex (which surprised me). Haven't personally run into any driver excursion issues either. Listen to your music, not to your headphones! The Focal Elears are a top contender for best headphones in their price class, while the Focal Utopias are one of the very best headphones on the planet. The Elegias certainly look like a premium pair of headphones. Focal ELEX vs DT 1990 PRO, hifiman ananda, HIFIMAN SUNDARA, HD 6xx. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. I can easily imagine the vocalists on stage in front of me, with the male just right of center, the female just left of center, and the orchestra filling in around them. I think Focal tried to make the Clear a mixture of the uber-dynamic Elear … Some people might mistake me for musically inclined until they hear me sing, at which point they’ll realize that I have awful pitch. I feel the same as you regarding their qualities and find them my favorite HP. Now obviously I can't demo the Focal Elex, while I can demo the T1.2 on Saturday this week. Should I bother getting any of these or should I stick with what I have (I do not trust my self control on this regard)? Santiago, All comments are moderated before being published. The Massdrop x Focal Elex and Massdrop x Sennheiser HD58X sound more similar than different, but for my own use, I prefer the HD58X, price no object. Open-backed dynamic drivers often suffer from pretty severe sub-bass rolloff and dramatically increased distortion in this region. It's not perfect, but to my ears it comes closer to perfection than the Clear does - despite Clear costing roughly double. Will I benefit from a new dac or amp? We got the exclusive on the Elear review … I also prefer listening to music at lower volumes, I would love to listen at higher volumes but if I do so I feel like I am damaging my hearing (yes I am aware of my OCD) 95 %. The … It's a phenomenal headphone. Massdrop x Focal Elex Review & Measurements. Of course that would mean giving up the pursuit of new headphones, which is a whole 'nother subject! Join the discussion about this Massdrop x Focal Elex vs. Massdrop x Sennheiser HD58X comparison at "The HEADPHONE Community". I used to enjoy ballroom dancing with my wife prior to the arrival of our kids and so enjoy a good beat about as much as anyone. Getting your product to you as fast as possible is important to us! SUMMARY. Both headphones separate instruments very well, and they both allow me to precisely place sounds within a contiguous soundstage, unlike the LCD2C which separates well but places everything into just one of three blobs (left, center, right). Thanks in advance, The Focal Elex are a truly impressive pair of headphones. I’d always wanted to hear the famed Focal sound and I hoped that it would sound like my old DT 1990 without the big treble spike, so I picked up a pair. 11:11 doesn’t contain many parts, just a couple of guitars, some banging on the guitars and some clapping, but the recording places each one in a slightly different location across the stereo image and both headphones use the available soundstage to the fullest. It’s also far more comfortable for me to wear than the Elex. Should I keep on saving for a pair of LCD2 or LCDX? Weighing at 450 grams, the headphone is now the heaviest in my lineup of headphones, outweighing the Hifiman HE560 and Audeze Mobius. The HD58X does suffer from more severe bass rolloff when wearing glasses, so for critical listening I must listen blind! Listening to Angel, I can hear low notes with some definition, not just a generic rumble. Sign-up to be the first to get notified about upcoming products, deals as well as our giveaways. All three solid state amps did well. On The Marriage of Figaro, both headphones convey the sense of actually sitting in an opera house. It’s significantly lighter, its headband design avoids hotspotting on the crown of my head, its oval ear pads provide enough room for my pointy ears, and after manually loosening the clamp it clamps strongly enough to feel secure on my head yet gently enough to avoid causing discomfort, even when I wear glasses. 11:11 and the 2nd track from The Marriage of Figaro really show off the imaging. Their open design helps to create a more open sound, and they are versatile for a variety of music genres. Do we get wide measured variations (above 8 kHz) because we have to measure beyond the eardrum? While some models go for a workmanlike design, you’ll find nothing of the sort here – even at this price. I casually play the piano and am learning to play the ukulele together with my young son. Too heavy for long listening periods? Dac/Amp: MacBook Pro Late 2016, iPhone 11 Pro. 365-Day Returns on all new orders. Sa forte épaisseur est de bon augure pour la longévité. Someone on Reddit recently suggested that a happy audiophile is one who has figured out the lower limit of what equipment will deliver near maximum enjoyment. The DSD capable dac along with support for android and ios devices as source piques my interest. Given that it includes an actually useful cable retails for almost 1/5th of the Elex, it’s a no-brainer pick for me. Different measurement rigs, different results (1), Different measurement rigs, different results (2), https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjk6XFFQ3AsuLcnuO-BjsHQ/videos?view_as=subscriber, TSAVJason Secure payments with Credit Card, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay and Cryptocurrency. I bought these from Massdrop and run them through a Topping D70 > balanced > THX 788 via Audirvana and oh my! Will be pre-ordering it. It loses to the Elex on technicalities like speed and detail retrieval, and it’s less smooth, but it’s pretty darned good across the board, images exceptionally well, an… A drum hit and guitar strum that mimic a gunshot at 5:11 begin a stretch with particularly strong macrodynamics. The … Even though I am super stocked with both pairs of cans, I have been looking into getting another headphones (I was considering the Beyer DT1990, Focal Elear and Hifiman Sundara), but I never realise that I should inform myself of their low volume performance. 3 Likes. Log in or register to post comments; COMMENTS. Focal Elear Headphone Review June 14, 2016 February 27, 2018 AudioHead 23 Comments Elear , Focal , Headphone Focal has been in the speaker business for more than 35 years, but it wasn’t until recently that they decided to take the leap into headphone development. The Focal Elex has all the characteristics I love about headphones. In most modern music, bass guitar and drum provide the beat, and it’s important for these be clear, articulate, and punchy. Focal has just drastically upped its headphone game with two very high-end models. Look out for reviewers shilling the Elex I am sure it is coming. It’s a dynamic driver that pushes the limits of a dynamic driver, with an excursion distance unlike any other headphone. I’ve lost enough high frequency hearing that I don’t hear over about 14 or 15 kHz. What bothers me just as much is the graininess of the HD6XX treble. Sound wise, both of these headphones are very, very good. The Elex sounded best from the Magni 3 which filled in its bottom end even more. The Focal Elegia headphones are an incredible pair of cans for those that want a pair of closed-back headphones at under $1,000. Both headphones have what I would call “enough” treble, providing enough energy to cymbals and sweetness to female vocals, but never becoming sibilant or fatiguing. For someone who tends to listen at slightly higher volumes than I, the Elex can certainly outperform the HD58X in most dimensions and reveals a clarity that remains out of the HD58X’s reach at any volume. Does not apply to special-order, open-box or sale items. The electric guitar at the end of Second Hand News demonstrates this well–on the HD58X it has body, crunch and bite, on the Elex it’s all bite. Tyl's review of the "new" (read the review - you have to put "new" in quotes) 660S is devastating. Both of these headphones really nail it all around. Percussion provides both a beat and interesting accents to the music. I’ve owned neither very long, but I’ve listened to both long enough to form some impressions. The Elex gains body by turning up the volume to 75 dBA or higher, to which the Elex responds beautifully in other ways too. $299. At the same time the headphone likely will scale in sound quality with a better amplifier and DAC pairing. Focal believes the M-dome allows an added degree of physical space in the earcup that allows the plane sound wave to fully develop much as it would in a loudspeaker, but in the limited space available inside the Elear’s ear cups. In La Moldau the swings are more gradual, building energy in a way that evokes the might of a meandering stream turning into a raging river. These are the first measurements we have posted that were made using the new GRAS High Resolution Ear Simulators that we installed in our GRAS 45CA Headphone Test Fixture (with the new anthropometric pinnae for the 45CA). The tube amp didn’t do either headphone any favors, taking away too much body from the Elex and too much detail from the HD58X. The latest of these headphones, and among the more expensive, are the Focal Elear … If Tyll says so it has to be true correct? Note - the LCD2C measurements were taken from an earlier measurement session and were measured at 84dB and then shifted for comparison to the Elex and HD58X. Tin Pan Alley and La Moldau both use drastic volume swings to convey emotion. Its out of stock at my local Focal dealer. Out of interest, what problem do you have with weight? All rights reserved. Focal Elex Frequency Response (0db line = 100dbSPL) Focal Elex CSDs Focal Elex Harmonic Distortions (at FR measurement levels) Last edited: Dec 15, 2017. What caught my attention was the relevance you give to volume, most reviewers only tend to say how much cans are able to output with an input of ‘x’ watts. I find myself constantly reaching for the HD58X over the Elex and so the Elex will move on to a home where it might find more love. I emulated it with some EQ, and bringing down the mid-bass hump in this way did improve perceived clarity and detail, and made the background a bit darker. The test tones were played from an LG V20 phone using USB Audio Player Pro with no DSP active. At 450g, it is 50g heavier than theSenn HD630, which does make my head sore when worn too long. Interesting, yes, but not really to my taste. Elear delivers 70 percent of the Utopia’s sound—they’re that good. Counterintuitively, even lower toned percussion like toms seem to need some energy in the treble to sound punchy and believable, and thankfully both of these headphones deliver on that score. I like your comparison more than some reviews I read, also with my age I don’t hear above 15kHz anymore. This is the official thread for the Focal Elex. The twists are unexpected and memorable. It occurred to me after writing this comparison that the HD58X, like the rest of the Sennheiser 600 family, really excels at singer/songwriter folk music because of its spectacular rendering of vocals and guitars. Looking to expand my headphones, someone is selling me a Beyerdynamic T1 v2 Black edition for around $500. SOUND. Made with Focal’s brilliant engineering and extraordinary attention to detail, the Elex headphones take a fundamentally different approach to dynamic drivers—and deliver a better measured performance across the board than headphones several times their price. I guess Elear it is. Le Focal Elear se connecte via un câble double mini-jack 3,5 mm vers jack 6,35 mm de 4 mètres. Tracks like Get Lucky and Metropolis Pt 1 show off what these headphones can do, with a fast driving beat in the former which makes me want to dance, and some fast double-bass drumming and highly technical bass guitar lines in the latter that make me want to bang my head while flashing the sign of satan. Both sounded even better from the NX4, which filled in the Elex bottom end a bit more and seemed to bring out a some more detail and clarity from the HD58X. This thread is for discussion and reviews. 80 %. If there’s one song that best demonstrates why I love the HD58X, it’s Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Tin Pan Alley from “Couldn’t Stand the Weather”. Interceptor69 September 10, 2020, 6:01pm #56. The gap in speed and detail retrieval can partially be closed with solderdude’s felt mod, which I’ve been emulating with EQ and will probably apply for real. Clear Professional Professional open-back headphones. The Elex has more detail, speed, dynamics, and soundstage. 90 %. Unlike the plastic-fantastic HD58X, the largely metal Elex conveys a sense of being a premium product whilst sitting on the desk or held in hand. And they don’t just look expensive, they feel it too. Whereas the HD58X always has a tiny bit of haziness to its background that reduces its resolution a bit, the Elex presents a perfectly dark background out of which its very detailed sounds seem to emerge. 90 %. Following are the measurements from the video (and a few others that weren't in it). I Really enjoyed your comparison, Percy. westermac Friend Friend. As for the Burson I’ll wait for the reviews to come in. Both deviate a bit from neutral, with the HD58X a little towards the warm side and the Elex a little to the lean side. The Elear is not a light headphone. Other than one Chris Thiele song, my test playlist didn’t really hit this category much. I used to own an HD600 which fit the bill but failed to impress with its bass performance, and it had a roughness to its sound that I couldn’t ignore. IMO (and thats all it is) the HD6XX, like the rest of Sennheiser line, is outdated and yesterday's sound. Also, the Elex includes a heavy, kinky abomination of a cable that may look expensive but isn’t worth $5 as far as I’m concerned. (v2) or Focal Elex? The HD600s are smoother and more natural sounding especially in the midrange with acoustic instruments and vocals. Good for neutral listening. They are very well-padded and comfortable headphones for long listening sessions, and their excellent build quality will last you … Vs Utopia. Semi retired from HF...not responding to PM's. Since you owned one of those and a close cousin to the other I would like to know your opinion on them. I listened to both headphones out of an LG V20, a Topping NX4 and a Hifiberry feeding a Schiit Magni 3 as well as a Garage1217 Ember II tube amp with an RCA 12AU7 clear top tube. The Focal Elear have a great audio reproduction with good bass performance, an even and flat mid-range and decent but slightly veiled treble. I know it will be better but by how much is the question. It’s also smoother than what I remember of the HD 600 and therefore “smooth enough”. $1499. Male and female vocals are well balanced with each other and with the rest of the instrumentation. I tried it for fun, and I think that it actually is a huge improvement. JavaScript is disabled. Jay Mattison-03.06.2020. I don’t have the resources to buy tones of headphones (got burned with DT880-600 despite good reviews and the spiky highs) and so I purchased the HD58X remembering that HD600 sounded good to my ears. I currently own a pair of ATH m40x and HD58x, with an Aune X1S anniversary edition as my DAC/AMP. I listen to a lot of music during the day while I work as a programmer, I occasionally do some focused critical listening for enjoyment and writing reviews like this one, and I like to listen in the evenings for relaxation. Measurements were made on a MiniDSP E.A.R.S. The Focal Elex is a bit on the heavier side though. Soon after, an open box Elex became available for a good price on Blinq. The LG V20 sufficiently powers both (I used about 25-35% volume most of the time). Too often high-end products neglect appearances; if you’re spending this sort of money, we think you should get a product th… Could this be cured with some Burn in time? About the only place where the Elex wins on comfort is in its slightly deeper ear cups, which prevent my ears from touching the driver like they do on the HD58X, but it’s a small consolation when their small round openings fold either the top or the bottom of my ears inwards. It’s still no Elex, but it’s not bad. This is convincingly demonstrated on Abraham’s New Gift. By contrast, listening with the Elex I found a lot of songs that sounded impressive from a critical listening perspective, but nothing that tickled my musical fibers like the HD58X does. The HD600s are smoother and more natural sounding especially in the midrange with acoustic instruments and vocals. It’s hard not to compare them to other Focal headphones — but the fact is that in this price range, these headphones really stand out. The Massdrop x Focal Elex and Massdrop x Sennheiser HD58X sound more similar than different, but for my own use, I prefer the HD58X, price no object. Focal Elex Headphones Review. Neither of these rivals my LCD2C for bass performance and if I were to sit down for a listening session dedicated to electronic music, I would stick with the LCD2C, but for the occasional deep bass track these both get the job done. A key staple for the most demanding professionals. 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