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Focal Headphone Specs

 

Focal makes some of the world's best audiophile-quality headphones that were inspired by the company's revolutionary loudspeaker technologies. Focal headphones feature stellar sound, eye-catching designs, and amazing comfort. Use this guide to find the Focal headphone that's right for you.


Focal Utopia Headphones

Focal's top-of-the-line flagship open-back headphone delivers amazing clarity and detail and full-range speaker-like sound. The Utopia's sound is smooth, clean, highly resolute and articulate, with a spacious and wide presentation. Think of these headphones as miniature ported speakers with the most amazing sound you can put on your head. Read our Utopia review.

Technical specs:

Loudspeaker: 1.58" (40mm) pure Beryllium “M” shape dome

Impedance: 80 Ohms

Sensitivity: 104dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz

THD: < 0.2% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL

Frequency response: 5Hz - 50kHz

DAC/amp required? Yes

Stock cables:

• 4ft (1.2m) OFC 24 AWG cable with 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS jack connector
• 10ft (3m) OFC 24 AWG cable with 4-pin XLR connector
• 1 x jack adapter, 1/8" (3.5mm) female – 1/4" (6.35mm) male

Features:

Headphone type: Circum-aural, open back

Weight: 17.3 oz (490g)

Sound signature: Analytical/detailed/resolute

Ideal for: Home/critical listener

Ear pads: 20mm-thick memory foam cushions covered in Pittards leather-microfiber material

Yoke: Carbon fiber

Headband: Pittards leather

Bundle save $1,480 on Utopia and Arche
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Upgrade the Utopia with a Dragon Premium Headphone Cable

We typically recommend the Black Dragon Premium for the Utopia. While the Utopia does not have sharp issues to the top frequencies, it is a little on the forward side. The Black Dragon provides the right balance to the sound with more musicality to the top end. It also reinforces the wonderful vocal midrange of these headphones and provides more weight to the bottom end. However, the Silver Dragon is a good choice for more analytical listeners who like to pick out every detail of their audio. It will really open up the soundstage and energy of the Utopia.

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Focal Stellia Headphones

The Stellia is essentially a closed-back version of the Utopia, featuring the same smooth, clean, sound and amazing build quality. The Stellia delivers every detail of every piece of music without compromising tonal balance. The soundstage on the Stellia tends to be a bit taller than it is wide, whereas the reverse is true on the Utopia. Read our Stellia review.

Technical specs:

Loudspeaker: 1.58" (40mm) aluminum-magnesium 'M'-shaped dome

Impedance: 35 Ohms

Sensitivity: 106dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz

THD: 0.1% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL

Frequency response: 5Hz - 40kHz

DAC/amp required? No

Stock cables:

  • 4ft (1.2m) OFC 24 AWG cable with 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS jack connector
  • 10ft (3m) OFC 24 AWG cable with 4-pin XLR connector jack adapter, 1/8" (3.5mm) female – 1/4" (6.35mm) male

Features:

Headphone type: Circum-aural, closed back

Weight: 15.3 oz (434g)

Sound signature: Analytical/detailed/resolute

Ideal for: Home or office/Detail-oriented listener

Ear pads: 20mm memory foam covered in full-grain leather

Yoke: Solid aluminum

Headband: Full-grain leather

Bundle save $1,480 on Stellia and Arche
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Upgrade the Stellia with a Dragon Premium Headphone Cable

We typically recommend the Black Dragon Premium for the Stellia. While the Stellia does not have sharp issues to the top frequencies, it is a little on the forward side. The Black Dragon provides the right balance to the sound with more musicality to the top end. It also reinforces the wonderful vocal midrange of these headphones and provides more weight to the bottom end. However, the Silver Dragon is a good choice for more analytical listeners who like to pick out every detail of their audio. It will really open up the soundstage and energy of the Stellia.

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Focal Clear Headphones

The Focal Clear is a great-sounding reference open-back headphone under $2,000. The magnesium driver provides a warmer sound signature than the Utopia, but you still gets lots of detail and resolution at less than half the price.

Technical specs:

Loudspeaker: 1.58" (40mm) aluminum-magnesium 'M'-shaped dome

Impedance: 55 Ohms

Sensitivity: 104dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz

THD: 0.25% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL

Frequency response: 5Hz - 28kHz

DAC/amp required? Yes.

Stock cables:

  • 9.8ft (3m) balanced cable (XLR 4-pin)
  • 9.8ft (3m) unbalanced cable (1/4" [6.35mm] TRS jack)
  • 3.9ft (1.2m) unbalanced cable (1/8" [3.5mm] TRS jack)
  • 1/8" to 1/4" stereo jack adapter

Features:

Headphone type: Circum-aural, open back

Weight: 15.9 oz (450.7g)

Sound signature: Warm side of neutral

Ideal for: Home critical listener

Ear pads: 20mm memory foam cushion covered in a perforated microfiber fabric

Yoke: Solid aluminum

Headband: Covered in leather and perforated microfiber

Bundle save $990 on Clear and Arche
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Upgrade the Clear with a Dragon Premium Headphone Cable

The Clear is already a very detailed headphone, so we typically recommend a Black Dragon Premium cable to add warmth, musicality, and more bass impact. However, everyone hears differently. If you prefer a more analytical sound and love hearing details in your music, then the Silver Dragon Premium Cable pairing is perfect for you.

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Focal Clear Professional Headphones

Focal Clear professional headphones are suitable for the most demanding mixing and listening professionals. These open-back headphones incorporate a remarkable evolution of the speaker and an extremely open design aiming to make the headphones disappear, for the benefit of the sound.

Technical specs:

Loudspeaker: 1.58" (40mm) aluminum/magnesium 'M'-shaped dome

Impedance: 55 Ohms

Sensitivity: 104dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz

THD: 0.25% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL

Frequency response: 5Hz - 28kHz

DAC/amp required? Yes

Stock cables:

  • 16.4ft (5m) unbalanced cable (1/4" [6.35mm] TRS jack)
  • 3.9ft (1.2m) unbalanced cable (1/8" [3.5mm] TRS jack)
  • 1/8" to 1/4" jack adapter

Features:

Headphone type: Circum-aural, open back

Weight: 15.9 oz (450.7g)

Sound signature: Warm side of neutral

Ideal for: Mastering engineer

Ear pads: 20mm memory foam cushions covered with a perforated microfiber fabric

Yoke: Solid aluminum

Headband: Leather and perforated microfiber

 

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Upgrade the Clear Professional with a Dragon Premium Headphone Cable

The Clear is already a very detailed headphone, so we typically recommend a Black Dragon Premium cable to add warmth, musicality, and more bass impact. However, everyone hears differently. If you prefer a more analytical sound and love hearing details in your music, then the Silver Dragon Premium Cable pairing is perfect for you.

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Focal Radiance Headphones

Crafted with the finest luxury in mind, the Radiance is a limited-edition closed-back headphone created in partnership with NAIM and Bentley Motors. The Radiance features a re-tuned version of the Elegia driver, and has a warm, natural sound. The bass is deep and impactful; the midrange is balanced; and the treble is mellow and linear. Read our Radiance review.

Technical specs:

Loudspeaker: 1.58" (40mm) aluminum-magnesium "M" shape dome

Impedance: 35 Ohms

Sensitivity: 101dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz

THD: < 0.1% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL

Frequency response: 5Hz - 23kHz

DAC/amp required? No

Cable: 4ft (1.2m) OFC 24 AWG cable with 1/8″ (3.5mm) unbalanced TRS jack connector; 1 x jack adapter, 1/8″ (3.5mm) point socket – 1/4″ (6.35mm) point plug

Features:

Headphone type: Circum-aural, closed back

Weight: 15.3oz (435g)

Sound signature: Warm

Ideal for: Home or office music lover

Ear pads: Covered in full-grain Pittards leather

Yoke: Solid aluminum

Headband: Covered in full-grain Pittards leather

Focal Radiance Special Edition Headphones
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Upgrade the Radiance with a Dragon Premium Headphone Cable

The Radiance is on the warmer side compared to other Focal models. If you are looking to augment that warmth and musicality while adding more bass impact, the Black Dragon Premium is the right cable upgrade. The Silver Dragon Premium, on the other hand, will provide a nice counterbalance to the Radiance's warm sound. This cable will add detail and clarity and lend some top-end sizzle while opening up your music and expanding the soundstage. (Note: These cables are also compatible with the Focal Elegia, and Elear.)

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Pair your Focal headphones with the Focal Arche Headphone Amplifier

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Arche combines a digital-analog converter as well as two pure class A amplification modes designed especially for headphones. Ideal to sit between the digital sources and your audiophile headphones, Arche is the perfect solution to fully enjoy your headphones while benefiting from the performance delivered by the converter to drive high-fidelity loudspeakers. Arche is an all-in-one solution that offers presets for every set of Focal headphones to make sure you get the absolute best from this ultimate combination.


Additional Focal Headphones


Focal Elear Headphones (Discontinued 2019)

Utopia's "baby brother," the Elear has a clean and detailed sound that isn't overly analytical. Read our Elear review.

Technical specs:

Loudspeaker: 1.58" (40mm) aluminum-magnesium "M"-shaped dome

Impedance: 80 Ohms

Sensitivity: 104dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz

THD: < 0.3% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL

Frequency response: 5Hz - 32kHz

DAC/amp required? Yes

Cable: 9.8ft (3m) OFC cable 1/4" [6.35mm] stereo jack; 2 x 1/8" [3.5mm] jack with self-locking system

Features:

Headphone type: Circum-aural, open back

Weight: 15.9 oz (450.7g)

Sound signature: Warm side of neutral

Ideal for: Home music lover

Ear pads: 20mm memory foam cushions covered in microfiber

Yoke: Solid aluminum

Headband: Covered in microfiber

 

Dragon Cable recommendation: Silver Dragon Premium Cable for Focal Elear 


Focal Elegia Headphones (Discontinued 2020)

The driver from the Elegia has been re-tuned and repurposed for the 2020 Focal Radiance. Read our Elegia review.

Technical specs:

Loudspeaker: 1.58" (40mm) aluminum-magnesium "M"-shaped dome

Impedance: 35 Ohms

Sensitivity: 105 dB

THD: <0.1% @ 1 kHz / 100dB SPL

Frequency response: 5Hz - 23kHz

DAC/amp required? No

Cable: 3.94-ft (1.2m) asymmetric cable
(0.14" - 3.5 mm TRS jack);
0.14" (3.5 mm) to 0.25" (6.35 mm)
stereo jack adapter

Features:

Headphone type: Circum-aural, closed-back

Weight: 15.1 oz (428g)

Sound signature: Neutral, flat

Ideal for: Mastering engineers

Ear pads: 20mm memory foam cushions covered with microfiber fabric

Yoke: Solid aluminum

Headband: Covered in leather and perforated microfiber fabric

Dragon Cable recommendation: Black Dragon Premium Cable for Focal Radiance 


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