Reviews and Problems with Focal Spirit Professional
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Sound quality 10
Build quality 10
Noise reduction 10
Coolness factor 10
Great Mixing Headphones!
11 March 2014
Summary: I was mixing and mastering an album, and using pretty good speakers and similar headphones, but because my room acoustics are still not treated, my mixed would pretty consistently fall apart when listening on other speakers. I bought the Focals in hopes it would save the day/album, and I couldn't believe it when it actually did!
Pros: Clear, and most importantly your mixes end up translating almost perfectly across all other speakers and headphones. If you are SERIOUS about mixing, get these headphones!
Cons: If you need them to be up to par right away, you may not be ok with needing to break them in with 50-100 hours of use. I played music through them from an iPod for a day and that seemed to get things right. My mixes turned out great!
Summary: Probably the most neutral headphones I've ever heard, in terms of frequency response. Music just sounds like music on them. I'm a studio engineer and in comparing these to my $4k monitor speakers, the overall sound is nearly the same. The soundstage is very good - not as good as the best open-backed cans, which is to be expected, but I don't hear any of the boxiness or nasal quality that you often expect with closed-back cans.
Pros: Sound quality, and sound isolation.
Cons: Not the most comfortable, especially if you have big ears. They tend to sit on the ears rather than go all the way around them. But the memory foam is loosening up over time and they've definitely become more comfortable to the point where it isn't too much of an issue.
Summary: I am apologizing beforehand, this is not a review but only praise for the Focal Spirit Professionals. Forget the B&W P7's, PSB M4U1's, Sennheiser Momentums, or as a matter of fact any portable headphones that are $300+ or below a thousand something dollars. These are absolutely amazing headphones with absolutely no flaw I can nitpick. As neutral and smooth as they are, they are still packed with fervent energy without the stridency or grain in the higher frequencies.
Pros: Soundstage, Speed, Refinement, Build quality (it's a tank), Isolation (awesome!), Bass, Midrange, Treble, BALANCE, Removable Cables, etc.
Cons: A bit heavy, a bit pricey but worth it, not the most detailed headphones
First off, I do need to stress these sound excellent. Excellent clarity, great bass, fun and a neutralish sound that is enjoyable for long-term listening. I think they need a bit more treble but I can certainly see how many people think the treble is there in just the right amount.
However, the real let down is the many design choices that really harm this headphone.
On-ear or Over-ear?
For the average ear these are on-ear headphones not over-ear.
Pros: Sound is exceptional. Detailed, great imaging, great bass and sounds as if it were close to neutral.
Cons: This is an on-ear headphone and not an over-ear headphone.
Summary: Introduction and Context:
On October 27th, 2013, I posted a question in the Sennheiser Amperior Appreciation Thread: (http://www.head-fi.org/t/612632/sennheiser-amperior-appreciation-thread/405#post_9926794)
Originally Posted by AustinValentine
I have my own question for this fantastic group of Amperior enthusiasts: can anyone recommend a circumaural (open or closed) headphone with a sound signature similar to the Amperior?
Pros: Neutral Sound, Punchy and Dynamic, Aesthetically Pleasing
Cons: Headband and Swivel Construction, Didn't Pay For Itself
Summary: Hello everybody,
I have been waiting for this for a while now. The first headphone from Focal, the Spirit One impressed me very much with their unique sound.
From that moment on I was really curious to see what Focal will come up with next in the headphone department.
Well, the time has come, as I have both new models from Focal on my desk, the Focal Spirit Classic and Spirit Professional.
Pros: Fast and punchy bass, very good details, very good transients, good transparency, good soundstage, well built
Cons: Very good for studio use, but may get a little tiresome after a while for non professional use
Excellent, easily one of the best headphones I have ever heard.
Adam Jensen, Amazon
23 April 2014
Summary: I am an avid audiophile with an electrical engineering degree from MIT, so I want to assure potential purchasers that I am not one of those enthusiasts who partake themselves in mythical audio improvements. At home, I have the flagship Focal speakers Grand Utopia EM and wanted a portable closed headphones to listen to music.
Summary: This new headphone from Focal may just be the best available at the price. It has in common with the Focal Spirit an organic expression of music . I think two attributes contribute to this intangible but recognisable quality. First is an even handed frequency range with everything there but nothing standing out. Second is the transient response :the rapid starting and stopping of notes that gives a dynamic energy to the sound.
Summary: Mycket bra hörlurar. Känns robusta jämfört med första Spirit One. Ska tydligen vara riktigt neutrala och raka i frekvensgången, fan vet jag har ingen mätutrustning. Första lyssningen upplevde jag dem som lite mörka, dämpade och utan hissad diskant. Nu sitter jag bara och njuter. Köpte dem egentligen som ytterligare ett par reselurar eftersom dämpningen är rätt bra men de kommer nog gå varma hemma ändå.