Focal Clear Headphones

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$1,499.00
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The Focal Clear headphones are an Innovative high-end headphone built from the research used to develop the best selling Focal Elear and Utopia. Focal Clear is poised to be the reference open-back headphones under $2,000.

Awards

EISA 2018-2019 Best Product Award

"Clear by name, clear by nature. This headphone delivers a wonderfully open and translucent sound thanks to clever design and excellent build quality... Factor in the sumptuous leather-covered earpads and headband, and this new design delivers hours of musical fun in consummate comfort."

— EISA

Focal Reference Headphones for much less

French audio manufacturer, Focal, creates another top performing headphone with the release of the Focal Clear open-back headphones. Following the Elear and Utopia, which were both top-selling options since their release, the Clear fits well in the line with its premium features and styling.

Description

Clear is a new circum-aural open-back headphone for audiophiles. The 'M' -shape Aluminum/Magnesium dome is equipped with a revolutionary copper voice coil that provides remarkable dynamics across the audio spectrum, bass that is always controlled, even at high volumes, and exemplary linearity in the high-end. The new generation of perforated microfiber ear cushions adds to Clear's open design, giving the headphones a weightless, almost invisible feeling. Clear completely envelopes the user in musical purity. Given the premium materials and weighing in at 0.99lbs, you’d expect a hefty feel, but they seem light during listening sessions while still being solid and sturdy overall.

Focal Clear features leather and perforated microfiber adjustable headband with ear cup rotation and a one size fits all Aluminum Yoke with 20mm memory foam ear cushions. Clear has low impedance (55 Ohms) to ensure uncompromising use with portable high-resolution audio players. Clear also features 3.5mm locking jack sockets and comes with 3 cables. Discover a listening experience similar to that provided by high-fidelity loudspeakers and excellent performance when connected to portable high-resolution audio players.

Focal Clear Specs
  • Solid aluminum yoke which moulds perfectly to your head.
  • Ear Cushion is padded with 20MM memory foam and covered with a microfibre fabric perforated to remain cool and comfortable.
  • 3 cables included: 4 PIN Balanced, XLR 6.35MM Stereo, Jack, and 3.5MM jack
Focal Clear Specs
  • Headband is coated with leather and perforated microfiber.
  • Low impedance (55 OHMS) to ensure uncompromising use with portable high-resolution audio players.
  • 3.5MM Jack sockets with built-in locking mechanism

Focal Clear vs Elear

The Focal Clear will remind you of the Elear in styling, but features a lighter grey and some stand-out features. The earcups will feel familiar with microfiber coverings over memory foam cushions. They contain the same 40mm (1.6-inch) M-type aluminum/magnesium driver, but made with a brighter aluminum housing.

The Clear also includes improved striped cables with multiple connection options and a convenient carrying case.

The Clear offers superior hardware which is evidenced by the larger frequency response range, better THD, and lower impedance.

Overall the Clear headphones don’t just sound great, they sound distinctive. The entire spectrum is refined and clear with a level of detail that isn’t present in the Elear. The engineers at Focal have done an excellent job at tuning the Clear for both lows and highs.

Focal Clear vs Utopia

The Utopia is still the best headphone offered by Focal. While the Clear is an excellent product, it doesn’t compete against the Utopia’s amazing sound and build quality.


Reviews

Focal Magazine Guide
Focal Magazine

Guides & Advice
by Moon Audio

Audioholics Review
Audioholics

by Wayde Robson
Oct 2017

TechHive Review
TechHive

by Theo Nicolakis
Oct 2017

Forbes Review
Forbes

by Mark Sparrow
Apr. 2018

Digital Trends Review
Digital Trends

by Ryan Waniata
Oct. 2017

zoomdici Review
zoomdici

by Staff
Aug. 2018

Hi-Fi World Review
Hi-Fi World

by Martin Pipe
Mar. 2018

AV Hub Review
AV Hub

EISA Awards
Aug. 2018

Echo Boomer Review
Echo Boomer

by Staff
Mar. 2018

The Sydney Morning Herald Review
Sydney Morning Herald

by Rid Easdown
Apr. 2018

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Focal Safety Warnings for Potential Hearing Damage
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Focal Clear Open-back Headphones

Overview

  • Handcrafted in France
  • Open back circum-aural
  • Full range “loudspeaker-like” sound
  • Easily adjustable to any head size or shape
  • Copper Voice Coil (25.5m x 5.5mm)
  • 75 Micron Thick suspension
  • 3.5mm jack socket to 6.35mm jack plug adapter
  • Breakup level of 24kHz
  • High-Performance acoustics
  • Comfortable and ergonomic
  • High-quality materials

Package IncludesIncluded

  • Headphone
  • 3 cables to suit all users
  • Hard-shell carrying case
  • 3-Year Warranty

    three year warranty


General Features

Type
Circum-aural open back headphones
Impedance
55 Ohms
Sensitivity
104dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz
THD
0.25% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL
Frequency response
5Hz - 28kHz
Loudspeaker
1.6" (40mm) Aluminum/Magnesium 'M'-shape dome
Weight
0.99lb (450g)
Cables provided
3m balanced cable (XLR 4-pin)
3m unbalanced cable (1/4" TRS jack)
1.2m unbalanced cable (1/8" TRS jack)
1/8" jack to 1/4" stereo jack adapter
Hard-shell Carrying case
9.8" x 9.4" x 4.7" (250x240x120mm)

4.9 / 5.0
8 Reviews
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Focal Clear.
Not yet burned in and is driven by a A&K 380/300 series amp.
Sound is great across the sound signature with only a slight recess in the upper mids. Sound stage is spacious and imaging well defined and well separated. Took advantage of Drew’s headphone swap and effectively got them for 1,000$. Best phones at this price. Of my phones I like these the best. I have Senn 600, Senn 650, and Fostex TH900. The Senns are vailed where the Clears are vivid and the 900s have a very severe v shaped sound signature with a very recessed mid range. I like vocals across all genres so I need good mids. But for a slight recession of the high mids, the Clears are very satisfying. They are like the 650s without the vail and just a lot better sounding. Prior to the Clears my go to phones were the 650s. The Clears are aptly named. They have precise and staccato base, mids and highs.
October 11, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Wow
These headphones are awesome. A nice counterpoint to the Audezes i own and really comfortable
October 2, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Amazing headphones ,clean ,detailed,fast and musical .The clears are my favorite dynamics driver cans and compliment my Aryas perfectly
May 12, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Focal Clear Headphones
Amazing! They not only enhance the music but, they provide an uncanny sense of space and separation of instruments and voices. For instance, if you're listening to a particular singer who has background singers, you can actually hear the words and both individual and collective harmony of those singer with the artist being dead center. At times, depending on the recording format, your head becomes the recording venue as if you're there! I could say more but it's not necessary. Thoroughly satisfied. Great headphones.
April 30, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Immersive listening experience
Fantastic sense of presence and realism, the detail and spaciousness of the music is sharp and three-dimensional. I'm a music lover with an overwhelming preference for loudspeakers over phones, but these Clears provide an astonishing perspective on the recordings I love. I may not be the kind of audiophile who's owned and tested a wide range of products (I currently own just one other pair of headphones which are closed back for portable listening), but these are the best phones I've ever heard.
April 30, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Terrific detail and balance. Comfortable too
January 12, 2018
Sound great, very comfortable
December 31, 2017
Focal builds excellent headphones. I own the Clear and the Elear, and really enjoy listening to both of them. Thank you Moon Audio!
December 18, 2017
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Focal Clear Headphones Unboxing

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