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Focal-spirit-one.33645277
8.5 out of 10

Focal Spirit One

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Reviews and Problems with Focal Spirit One

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Overall 8
8.0
Sound quality 10
10
Comfort 4
4.0
Build quality 2
2.0
Noise reduction 10
10
Coolness factor 8
8.0

No replacement parts

fabry, Crutchfield
25 March 2014
  • Summary: The headphone sounds great; this is the good part of it. The way it heats and compresses the hair while making dressing glasses nearly impossible, is the middle part. The cables are tha shame part. The architecture is great; everyone knows the weak part of an headphone are the cables, even if the Focal cables break particularly quick, and so the fact they accessorize the headphone with a detachable wire would be a wow factor. Right? Wrong!
  • Pros: Great sound and noise reduction. Fine materials, from the exterior.
  • Cons: The cables break after few months of use often due to the detachment of some internal wire disabling stereo or making sound intermittent. Yet they are welded in the "beatiful" cable and so unopenable and Focal sells no replacement cable! The second cable has no microphone and so the only way out is purhasing a third party cable.
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Overall 8
8.0
Sound quality 10
10
Comfort 10
10
Build quality 8
8.0
Noise reduction 8
8.0
Coolness factor 10
10

Great Headphones

DanS, Crutchfield
25 March 2014
  • Summary: I have owned these headphones for about 1 year and loved them. They have a great balance of sound quality, features, comfort and style. I auditioned quite a few headphones before buying these. There were a few expensive headphones I tried that sounded better with headphone amp (Grado) but didn't sound very good when connected directly to my phone or iPod. These sound great both driven by an iPhone/iPod and using an amp. They also have a nice inline remote and mic.
  • Pros: Sound quality, comfort, convenience with built in remote and mic.
  • Cons: The metal cover over on the headphone jack is decorative and glued over the top of a black plastic internal cover. It comes unglued from time to time when unplugging. Easy to reglue it, but it would be better if it screwed into place.
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

guidfail, head-fi.org
19 March 2014
  • Summary: I was overall unimpressed with the Focal Spirit One cans.  I'm hardly a connoisseur of headphones, but I was let down a bit by the sound and the manufacturer's advertising.   I compared these to my reference headphones, which are at the moment a pair of Sony MDR-V6.  I would be comparing them to some Denon AH-D950s from ~2000, but they are (alas) broken.  My overall impression of the Focal Spirit One is this: good, but you can find much better for less money.
  • Pros: Warm, good bass, feel sturdy, good aesthetics, detachable cable, nice included accessories and case
  • Cons: Not actually circumaural, cheap cables, overbearing clamping force, highs can be shrill
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Overall 10
10

User Review

dan.gheorghe, head-fi.org
21 October 2012
  • Summary: The Focal Spirit One really took me by surprise.   A friend of mine praised them a lot so I asked him to lend them to me for a little test.   When I opened Focal Spirit Ones’ case, I found 2 detachable cables, one for smartphones with volume control, and one for normal usage, a 3.5 to 6.3 jack converter, a small bag for easy carrying and of these. These headphones look really good and feel sturdy. It has a lot of plastic but it feels well built and has some metal parts.
  • Pros: excellent, fast, punchy and well extended bass; lush and present mid-range ; meaty and natural sound ; good treble with no harshness or sibilance ; very fast and energetic sound (excellent PRAT); very good isolation; good overall build quality; excellent for portable use; detachable cables
  • Cons: the sound is a a little congested; voices could use more texture ; could be uncomfortable for many
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

Krisman, head-fi.org
21 October 2012
  • Summary: Very good headphones if you want something fun, lively and bassy. I was really impressed at first but with time I started to notice the short comings. Although relatively open sounding the sound is quite synthetic, almost forced. They do not give an accurate representation of the material listened to but that is not to say they do not give an enjoyable performance. Bass is well defined and lively, maybe too lively.
  • Pros: Clear bass, excellent build. Lively presentation.
  • Cons: Overly bright. Synthetic sound.
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Overall 8
8.0

" Ok but uncomfortable "

ApolliNerd, Audiofanzine
9 July 2014
  • Excerpt: I do not know if the Focal is a good choice, if only for the lack of comfort. Moreover, these headphones are suitable for a certain type of music in my opinion. A little pricey for what it is.
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Overall 10
10

Neutral, detailed and dynamic.

Mr. D. Johnson "DLOTS", Amazon
19 January 2014
  • Summary: These are beautiful looking headphones in my humble opinion. I felt a little self conscious when I first wore them on the commute to work, but have had several comments of admiration from other regular commuters. They are a little on the big size, but no bigger than a lot of other brands out there.
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Overall 8
8.0

" For those who do not count their money "

sebga, Audiofanzine
22 December 2013
  • Excerpt: Over 1 year now AKG / Sony / Sennheiser / Beyerdynamic What I love the most .... er .... perhaps we did change 3 times and it deserves to be still ....
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Overall 10
10

User Review

angelbled, Audiofanzine
30 August 2013
  • Excerpt: I use it for 6 months and I tried the Sony, the prodipe of Akg and this is one of the best in its category!
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Overall 10
10

Superb

Jack, Amazon
12 June 2013
  • Summary: Just got these headphones for my birthday and they are just fantastic. They may not be as good as the AKG's that are a similar price but those things are huge and completely impractical because of their size and also lack a mic for mobile phone use. If you're looking for a pair of portable headphones that are good enough to be used at home, overlook these at your peril. They sound great and very snug, I could wear these for hours on end.
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