really great headphones quite fantastic sound. I was upgrading from my LCD2c and it was a tuff decision based mainly on how deep and dark the sound stage on the LCD2c is. But i decided to go with the Focals.
Cons: Cable is to short sound stage is not deep at all
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These headphones have incredible transparency, detail retrieval, and slam that I have never heard on any loudspeaker setup or headphone. I listen via Tidal and a Dragonfly Cobalt. I haven't ever been in the control room of a recording studio, but this headphone makes me feel like I have. Vocals have clarity, definition, and fullness that I didn't realize was possible. It legit feels like you are in the studio with the artist. When I first started listening, I felt like the sound was a bit hollow, but what was missing was an inflated bass response. This headphone reproduces drum (and other low freq. instrument) realism unlike anything I've experienced, without requiring an artificially inflated bass/sub-bass response to bolster the slam feeling. If you want every track you hear to have the "subwoofer thump", then you will need to EQ. As expected from a closed-back headphone, this does not have is a large sound stage. To me, the music feels very much like it's in my head, which is fine. My use cases require sound isolation, so it's a sacrifice that I happily make. Comfort, build, and aesthetics are top notch. The included cable isn't the greatest, as it holds its shape. This is a minor nitpick and easily fixed with another cable. Overall, this headphone has made me feel like I've sunk significantly deeper into the "audiophile" world and makes me concerned about how much I'm going to have to spend in order to achieve this sound on a l
Pros: Detail retrieval, slam, transparency, aesthetics, comfort
Cons: Included cable holds its shape
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In my opinion, the best headphone in this price range and under price bracket. Very impressive. Works very well with the Chord Mojo.
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If your ?? for audiophile headphones without breaking the bank, these are the ones ??, nice warm sound and comfortable.
Pros: Nice warm and clear sound, comfortable and they look good.
Cons: Upgrade Headphone cable
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For those looking for a state of the art closed back headphone that won't break the bank, the Focal Celestee should be at the top of your list. I also own the Elegia, which this model replaces. While the Elegia was a good solid closed back design, it never really excited me in terms of sonic presentation; it is a very neutral sound which some might describe as "flat" across the board. I now use the Elegia as a monitor headphone for mixing tracks and it excells at that. However, for pure pleasure listening the Celestee has improved on the Elegia's weaknesses. It has much better bass and treble presentation and is a fuller sound overall to my ears. I had the good fortune to be able to compare my new Celestees to Focal's closed back flagship, the Stellia. For those looking at both models they are very similar in sound. They both display the characteristic Focal detail and dynamics and both have very pleasing bass depth. Yes, the Stellias have the edge when it comes to soundstage and micro detail, but honestly they don't strike me as being that much different for the extra $2,000 price tag. Besides, if you own an equalizer you can tailor the sound of the Celestee to VERY closely match that of the Stellia. The Stellias did strike me as being the more comfortable of the two, likely due to the type of leather used as well as slightly less clamping force. If cost is not a consideration, get the Stellias, otherwise the Celestee offers nearly identical performance for ? the price.
Pros: Top quality closed back sound; excellent detail and dynamics; rich deep bass; comfortable and non fatiguing for long listening sessions; they look GREAT
Cons: Only one supplied cable, and it is too short for desktop listening
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Gorgeous-looking, gorgeous-sounding. Compared side-by-side with a comparable closed-back model, the presentation jumps out at you without being unduly aggressive. Not bass-heavy, but not thin either. A wide soundstage with an unreal level of detail. Plays well across a wide range of genres - jazz, classical, rock, pop. As you can see, I'm not an expert, but I am blown away by the quality of the build and of the presentation.
Pros: Beautiful design Clear, robust sound Comfortable Wide soundstage
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