Focal, an audio company based out of France and most well known for its superior quality loudspeakers, wowed the world with the introduction of its line of headphones. The $4,000 Utopia shook up the audiophile headphone market and the equally impressive budget-friendly Focal Listen helped introduce amateur AV enthusiasts to a brand they might not have ever known.
Focal Sphear Full Specification, Features, Price, Performance And Review
The Focal Sphear feature bulbous black driver housings which give the headphone ample room for its Mylar drivers.
The earbud housings are made of plastic with a handsome brushed stainless steel grille that helps the headphones feel more expensive. Overall, the design of the Focal Sphear is understated and mature but the Klipsch Reference X6i feel better made with its die-cast Zinc housings and beefier cable.
On the other end of the headphones, the cable terminates in a 45-degree 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a good compromise between a straight and L-shaped plug, helping to relieve some cable stress of a fully straight connector. If you have a tight case, you’ll be happy to know that the slim 3.5mm connector should fit most cases with recessed headphone jacks.
Included in the package are various foam and silicone tips that are very comfortable during extended listening sessions. That said, if you want the most secure fit and maximum noise isolation, you’ll want to use the foam tips. Just note they’ll need to be replaced as they get gunked up by ear wax. Also included is a nice hard case that will protect the headphones while traveling.
The Focal Sphear share the same mid-forward sound as its over-ear sibling, the Focal Listen. This makes them a great companion for acoustic and vocal music. Its mid-forward presentation doesn’t detract from the highs and bass either, offering a nice amount of energy in the highs for instruments like the violin.
Sonically, we really enjoyed the rich sound quality of the Focal Sphear. Compared to the excellent Klipsch Reference X6i, the Sphear has an in-your-face presentation that makes music sound more exciting. The Klipsch Reference X6i offer a more laidback approach and a flatter tonal curve, giving them a slight edge in terms of sound to our ears.
While the Focal Sphear feel well made, they aren’t designed for sweat so we don’t recommend using them at the gym. If you want a pair of headphones for a heavy workout, check out the wireless NuForce BeSport3, which have an IP55 dust and water resistance rating that will stand up to abuse while at the gym.