Focal Elegia Closed Back Headphones




Elegia is the new, and the first, audiophile circum-aural closed-back headphones. Integrating the best of exclusive technologies from Focal, Elegia guarantees remarkable listening quality, everywhere and anywhere. Every component has undergone cutting edge research and been meticulously considered. The sound reproduction is precise and the power is certainly not lacking.

Since 2016, Focal has been releasing high fidelity headphones beginning with the Elear and Utopia, Clear in 2017, all of which are open-back headphones. This year, Focal introduces Elegia, the company’s first high fidelity closed-back headphones.

Focal has brought together the best of its technologies. Elegia incorporates a new generation 40mm driver capable of operating in a small inner environment reproducing frequencies from a subsonic 5 Hz to a nearly supersonic 23 kHz while ensuring exceptional dynamics thanks to its motor, the frameless copper voice coil, the dedicated 110-micron surround , and “M”-shape dome.

Elegia is designed for use with portable audio players, the Elegia have a low impedance of 35 ohms. Focal incorporated vents to ensure zero resonance. Focal excels at comfort as much as high-performance audio. Elegia’s soundproofing is excellent, helped by its plush memory foam/microfiber ear pads which also add to the headphones’ comfort. The headband molds perfectly to the head, providing optimal grip for on-the-go use. The use of materials such as leather, microfiber fabric, and solid aluminum give Elegia its elegant style.

Elegia is for audiophiles who desire quality whenever and wherever they want, without worrying about a noisy environment interfering with their music.

Focal also included a thermoformed hardshell case to keep the Elegia safe from drops, spills, and anything else that life may throw at you. Like all Focal products, the Elegia designed and developed in France.

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Ear Cup:
Closed Back
Black / Silver
Headphone Type:
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  • Over Ear Headphones
Frequency Range:
5 - 23,000
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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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