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. I like your comparison more than some reviews I read, also with my age I don’t hear above 15kHz anymore. The Elear is not a light headphone. Both deviate a bit from neutral, with the HD58X a little towards the warm side and the Elex a little to the lean side. Which is a shame as I feel Focal did a great many things right in the Elear design. With the mods they turned into decent set headphones, that can be used with portable devices and PC. The Focal Elex has all the characteristics I love about headphones. 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. Listen to your music, not to your headphones! The Elex has more detail, speed, dynamics, and soundstage. Last but not least, I personally find the HD58X much more comfortable. The … You must log in or register to reply here. 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. … Thankfully the cable is easily replaced. I listen to pretty much all kinds of music, but skew towards stuff that includes at least some acoustic instruments and unprocessed human voices. Focal has come out with three headphones that is fabled for their unique intimate sound: Utopia ($3000 USD), Clear ($1,100 USD) and Elear ($647 USD). I was originally looking at the Focal Elex for $700(including shipping). Their open design helps to create a more open sound, and they are versatile for a variety of music genres. Secure payments with Credit Card, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay and Cryptocurrency. The latest of these headphones, and among the more expensive, are the Focal Elear … 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. This thread is for discussion and reviews. A drum hit and guitar strum that mimic a gunshot at 5:11 begin a stretch with particularly strong macrodynamics. Of course that would mean giving up the pursuit of new headphones, which is a whole 'nother subject! 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. Focal has just drastically upped its headphone game with two very high-end models. 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. 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) The Elex may look great in my hand, but the HD58X feels great on my head. Should I keep on saving for a pair of LCD2 or LCDX? 95 %. If you love headphones, you'll love our emails. 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. I currently own a pair of ATH m40x and HD58x, with an Aune X1S anniversary edition as my DAC/AMP. Join the discussion about this Massdrop x Focal Elex vs. Massdrop x Sennheiser HD58X comparison at "The HEADPHONE Community". Other than one Chris Thiele song, my test playlist didn’t really hit this category much. P.S. The HD58X renders these dynamic swings better than the Elex, conveying more of the emotion in these songs. Getting your product to you as fast as possible is important to us! While some models go for a workmanlike design, you’ll find nothing of the sort here – even at this price. 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. I find that dynamic driver headphones often get the “punchy” part but sometimes struggle with “clear and articulate”. JavaScript is disabled. Haven't personally run into any driver excursion issues either. The Focal Elex are a truly impressive pair of headphones. I tried it for fun, and I think that it actually is a huge improvement. Partially because of its leaner sound but also because of better speed, the Elex overall sounds clearer and more detailed. And they don’t just look expensive, they feel it too. In most modern music, bass guitar and drum provide the beat, and it’s important for these be clear, articulate, and punchy. Elear delivers 70 percent of the Utopia’s sound—they’re that good. However, solderdude’s felt mod narrows this gap. GRAS High Resolution Ear Simulator Whitepaper (by Morten Wille). No, the HD58X are not perfect, and I visited solderdude site and a few others to improve upon what I got – lower the lower mid area (felt with 4mm hole) and add some clarity in treble with you fabric mod instead of the foam. The story is definitely the strongest pillar holding up ELEX. The HD600s are smoother and more natural sounding especially in the midrange with acoustic instruments and vocals. IMO (and thats all it is) the HD6XX, like the rest of Sennheiser line, is outdated and yesterday's sound. On The Marriage of Figaro, both headphones convey the sense of actually sitting in an opera house. It’s a dynamic driver that pushes the limits of a dynamic driver, with an excursion distance unlike any other headphone. I was waiting for something good, like a Massdrop LCD-X or something, I guess this is something good. 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. 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)? Speaking of comfort, Focal did a terrific job with the headband on the Elear. I find the top end of the AT M50x more listenable. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register. COMFORT. I Really enjoyed your comparison, Percy. Since I’d like to preserve my hearing, I tend to listen at low levels (70 dBA or below). 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. Too often high-end products neglect appearances; if you’re spending this sort of money, we think you should get a product th… The driver that Focal developed when the Utopia came out is similar to the Focal Elex and I went over some of that in the review back when I owned it, but of course the Utopia version came out first and is made of Beryllium. Now they have enough resolution to hear slight differences between sources and media player programs or sound editing software. 11:11 and the 2nd track from The Marriage of Figaro really show off the imaging. We got the exclusive on the Elear review … Well, sometimes the measurements keep us honest. The Elear tests at an impressive demonstrated frequency response of 5Hz to 23kHZ. All songs were in Red Book FLAC (16/44.1) from CD rips or web download from Bandcamp, played back with either Roon or USB Audio Player Pro on Android. 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”. $1499. I … All three solid state amps did well. 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. By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies. 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. 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. 365-Day Returns on all new orders. 90 %. 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. Tyl's review of the "new" (read the review - you have to put "new" in quotes) 660S is devastating. (v2) or Focal Elex? Utopia and Elear are made in France and about to hit the market. With that mindset, our 365-Day return policy was born and followed up with free, same-day shipping while curating the store to have the best selection possible for our customers. 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. They offer a balance sound signature that is both wide and detailed. With the help of Massdrop.com, they were able to collaborate and come out with Elex in 2017. The twists are unexpected and memorable. The frequency response uses the MiniDSP-provided HEQ compensation which according to MiniDSP is similar to (but not identical to) the Harman target response. As for the Burson I’ll wait for the reviews to come in. We’d spend about an hour on the train as we headed to our office in San Francisco. I think Focal tried to make the Clear a mixture of the uber-dynamic Elear … The Focal Elegia headphones are an incredible pair of cans for those that want a pair of closed-back headphones at under $1,000. Focal Elex Frequency Response (0db line = 100dbSPL) Focal Elex CSDs Focal Elex Harmonic Distortions (at FR measurement levels) Last edited: Dec 15, 2017. I know it will be better but by how much is the question. 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). 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. They are not in the ballpark of Audeze LCD series weight though, so that’s a blessing. 80 %. It's a phenomenal headphone. Interesting, yes, but not really to my taste. They are very well-padded and comfortable headphones for long listening sessions, and their excellent build quality will last you … Focal ELEX vs DT 1990 PRO, hifiman ananda, HIFIMAN SUNDARA, HD 6xx. 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. I’ve lost enough high frequency hearing that I don’t hear over about 14 or 15 kHz. 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. 1. Headphones & Audio Gear; REVIEW OVERVIEW: DESIGN. westermac Friend Friend. purr1n Finding his inner redneck Staff … 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. And it's free! 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. Sa forte épaisseur est de bon augure pour la longévité. Does not apply to special-order, open-box or sale items. Tin Pan Alley and La Moldau both use drastic volume swings to convey emotion. I bought these from Massdrop and run them through a Topping D70 > balanced > THX 788 via Audirvana and oh my! 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. 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. All rights reserved. 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. His pitch was that with feedback from the Massdrop community, the Elear was good, but the bass was a bit strong, the … © 2001-2021 Head-Fi.org. Massdrop x Focal Elex Review & Measurements. At 450g, it is 50g heavier than theSenn HD630, which does make my head sore when worn too long. It has a neutral sound-signature that leans bright, providing additional detail and air, and retains a good deep bass that chooses quality over quantity. BUILD. At the same time the headphone likely will scale in sound quality with a better amplifier and DAC pairing. However, I prefer listening at lower volumes to protect my hearing, and at my listening volumes the HD58X sounds better balanced to my ears. Listening to Angel, I can hear low notes with some definition, not just a generic rumble. Log in or register to post comments; COMMENTS. The Focal Elear can be driven to a respectable SPL from most headphone jacks, so a dedicated headphone amp isn’t required. Philimon, JonCharles, Vorlon and 10 others like this. Sound wise, both of these headphones are very, very good. 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. 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. This is convincingly demonstrated on Abraham’s New Gift. Weight improves, clarity increases and everything just sounds more vivid and punchy. Both of these headphones roll off a little but extend surprisingly well and remain reasonably articulate down there. A word on the HD650 JonCharles, Jul 30, 2018 #226. starence likes this. By. Listen Professional Professional closed-back headphones. Discover 4166 Community discussions, tips, and reviews on Massdrop x Focal Elex Headphones from the Audiophile enthusiast community on Drop. I enjoyed listening to all the percussive instruments surrounding my head! Could this be cured with some Burn in time? Do we get wide measured variations (above 8 kHz) because we have to measure beyond the eardrum? Out of interest, what problem do you have with weight? Turn up the HD58X too much, and it starts to sound muddy and congested. Different measurement rigs, different results (1), Different measurement rigs, different results (2), https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjk6XFFQ3AsuLcnuO-BjsHQ/videos?view_as=subscriber, TSAVJason 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. 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. Like some bass, vocals and highs dont like bass overpowering my music. SUMMARY. Since you owned one of those and a close cousin to the other I would like to know your opinion on them. 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. Dac/Amp: MacBook Pro Late 2016, iPhone 11 Pro. 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. 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. I’ve owned neither very long, but I’ve listened to both long enough to form some impressions. For the price it would be extremely difficult to match the performance these cans offer. The LG V20 sufficiently powers both (I used about 25-35% volume most of the time). Some people might mistake me for musically inclined until they hear me sing, at which point they’ll realize that I have awful pitch. Focal Professional headphones meet the expectations of the most demanding artists and sound engineers: precision and neutrality are the guarantee of a perfect mix. Hoping that it might sound like a “fixed” HD600, I picked up a Sennheiser HD58X on eBay. The Elegias certainly look like a premium pair of headphones. 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. Elaborating on timbre, I find that acoustic and electric guitars sound more full bodied and overall better on the HD58X because of its warmer tonal tilt. The 80 Ohm impedance means that the Elear will do fine on headphone outputs with no more than 10 Ohm output impedance, higher will accentuate the 80Hz region. It’s also smoother than what I remember of the HD 600 and therefore “smooth enough”. 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. following the recommendations in the MiniDSP manual, but at a lower SPL to match my typical listening level. 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. The Elex sounded best from the Magni 3 which filled in its bottom end even more. Interestingly, the volume on both headphones measured and sounded about the same without having to adjust the settings on the LG V20, so that made it easy to switch back and forth for testing. 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. 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