Focal Elear Headphones

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Focal Elear's are one of Audio Sanctuary's most revered headphones at this price point and offers an incredible sonic presentation that we feel is one of the best sounds at this price. Used with a comparable source the Elear offers a view into your favourite music like no other. Focal Elear are audiophile open-backed headphones manufactured in France by Focal. Inspired by the best technology and acoustic research that went into designing Utopia, our flagship headphones, they offer truly exceptional performance. The mechanical design provides remarkably smooth and seamless style due to the solid aluminium yoke.

They also feature memory foam ear cushions for maximum comfort, an essential quality for long listening sessions. Finally, the exclusive speaker drivers with their aluminium/magnesium 'M'-shaped domes enable Elear to provide strikingly realistic sound.

Made in France

Designed and manufactured in France, these very high-end audiophile open-back circum-aural headphones for low-noise environments are equipped with exclusive technology resulting from more than 35 years of expertise.

It has a pure, elegant and sophisticated design due to the carbon fibre yoke and true lambskin leather headband and ear cushions. You will forget the headphones are even there, and the reproduction of the audio signal is of unrivalled clarity.

Audiophile Sound

Elear are equipped with the first totally open-backed full-range speaker drivers with aluminium/magnesium 'M'-shaped domes inspired by our Utopia headphones for dynamic and exceptionally precise audio.

Acoustic Design

The high-end mechanical design of Elear headphones allows the listener to enjoy the best listening conditions and they fit absolutely all ear shapes and sizes.

Optimal Comfort

Aluminium yoke, leather headband, microfibre ear cushions: all the materials used for Elear were chosen with care to optimise comfort while reducing the weight of the headphones. Be inspired by the sound of a high-fidelity system with a pair of Elear headphones, for hours of listening pleasure.

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Headphone Features

Transducer Type:
Ear Cup:
Open Back
Black / Silver
Headphone Type:
  • HiFi Headphones
  • Over Ear Headphones
Frequency Range:
5 - 23,000
Cable Length (m):


Firstly a huge thanks to Audio Sanctuary for managing to get the headphones before their official release (as I was travelling through the UK at the time). Communication was great and service top-notch.

Impressions of the headphones, whilst still early days, are very positive. They have an incredible energy that really gets the toe tapping. Detail retrieval is very good; not quite HD800 levels. They do not have the delineation, air and separation of the 800's but they have a full, meaty solidity that is more palpable and realistic. They have quite an intimate presentation, attributed to the smaller and more compact soundstage. Only in comparison to the HD800 may it come across slightly "congested" but only in comparison - these are more open than almost all other dynamic headphones.

Bass weight and accuracy is one of the key features of the Elear. Together with the upper range dynamics, music has a visceral feel that I have not experienced before. Mids and hights are aticulate and smooth. Again, only in comparison to the 800's do they sound a little subdued (e.g., vocals not quite as clear). Having said that, for a lot of music, the Elears are more suitable.

Looking forward to hearing what these do after some burn-in; during which the midrange and soundstage should open up a little. Over and above the sound itself, one positive to mention is the incredible build quality - from the presentation box with magnetic covers through to the cable, headband and pads. They are heavy, but comfortable due to the well-padded head band and even distribution. The cable is rock-solid and at about 4m is a breath of fresh air from short and poor quality stock cables that many headphones come with.

A big thanks once again to Phil for the awesome service and product.
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