Excerpt: Any number of high-end loudspeaker manufacturers have entered, or contemplated entering, the high-performance headphone marketplace, and it is easy to understand why. For an entire generation of music enthusiasts, entry-level “hi-fi” systems are now more likely to be based on headphones than on speakers.
Excerpt: Mention Focal to audiophiles and the thought of its large floor stander speakers easily come to mind. So when the French hi-fi speaker maker recently said it was getting into headphones, many head-fi folks were thrilled to hear what would come of the effort. The Spirit One is this first pair of ‘phones from Focal and after a quick listen, I’d say they don’t disappoint, as long as you avoid equipment that can add too much bass, as many portable devices and laptops can do.
Conclusion: In a nutshell, if you’re looking for a good set of sealed headphones for mobile use – the Focal Spirit One should definitely be on your short list – they provide great value. If you’re going to rely on your iPod/iPad/mobile device alone to drive your headphones – the Spirit One is an absolute must for audition. These headphones do capture “the Spirit of Sound” and they look great while do it too!
Conclusion: Available in black or white, the award-winning, high-fidelity Focal Spirit One headphones are a real treat for your iOS devices. We would recommend trying them on before buying if you have adult male ears, however.
Excerpt: The rush to sell you headphones pushes on unabated. The thinking seems to be: for the time being people are prepared to spend £200 on headphones, it won't last forever, so let's make some money. And when there's demand, you'd be crazy not to try to satisfy it.
Pros: Sound glorious, bass when you need it, well-balanced, removable cable
Conclusion: The Focal Spirit Ones certainly look the part if you want your headphones to make as much of a visual impact as an aural one. They’re not the most comfortable closed-back, circumaural headphones on the market, but I couldn’t really describe them as uncomfortable either. There’s a decent bundle in the box too. When it comes to sound quality, it’s a bit of a mixed bag.
Pros: Generous bundle, Well built from quality materials, Impressive sound with some genres
Cons: Soundstage often feels narrow, Ear cups too small for some ears, Could be more versatile
Excerpt: Closed-back headphones, constructed from a mixture of aircraft-grade aluminium, leather and rubberised plastic, the Focal Spirit Ones are sturdily made and feel built to last. Behind the bright red mesh in each ear-cup sits a 40mm mylar/titanium diaphragm driver, a light, rigid unit designed to major on sensitivity and linearity.
Pros: Feel durable, sound refined and detailed
Cons: Not the most exciting, or dynamic, headphones we’ve heard
Conclusion: Sorti il y a maintenant plus de neuf mois, le Spirit One lancé à 199 € se trouve à 183,99 € (port compris) à l'heure où nous écrivons ces lignes. Soit à peu près le même tarif que le Sennheiser HD 25-1 II , auquel le Focal Spirit One ressemble sur certains aspects. Cette comparaison avec un casque quasi légendaire est tout à fait flatteuse.