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.
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.
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
Summary: I have had mine for several months(almost a year now actually), if you are breaking yours, clearly you are not taking proper care of your headphones. I use them every morning, and I have only ever had to replace the cord. I wouldn't recommend these to someone with large ears/a wide head, but as a travel pair I would totally say go for em.
Pros: Good sound for my music taste, local music store has a great warranty for them, fits my ears really well. I am yet to get sweaty ears using them.
Cons: The leather backing can lead to a very sweaty neck if I am using my neck to carry them around. The cups can get in the way The plastic also peeled a little bit on one of the headphone cups, but it was left in the heat.
Not comfortable to wear, product borken within 4 months
14 June 2013
Summary: I will not recommend this product to other people. While it still working, it has some problem with higher pitch songs, it sounds really annoying and terrible. And it is very uncomfortable to wear that cause me headache,I couldn't wear it longer than 10 mins. And then it broken in the four months! I didn't even wear it more than 10 times. What a terrible product.
Pros: Looks nice.
Cons: The sounds are not good., It is very uncomfortable to wear.
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
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.
Summary: Overall I wouldn't recommend these headphones to anyone. Yes I understand I got a defective pair but search online and I wasnt the only one which leads me to believe that this is a known problem but Focal thinks it can live off its name because they sell speakers that cost $180,000 a pair but last time I checked you still have to show up and not just put a pretty picture out there your can actually have to preform or at least show up working...
Pros: From what I was able to hear there was zero about the cans that deserved praise
Cons: The feel was cheap, They smelled horrible, The left speaker was blown and the right one sounded worst than a free pair of in ear headphones