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Focal Listen

Over-ear headphones

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Our take on the Focal Listen

Few names ring out in the world of speakers like Focal. Both their car and home speakers earn high marks from our customers. And if you want to enjoy sound crafted by the French audio experts while you're at work, on the train, or going about your day, grab a pair of these Focal Listen headphones.

Everyday headphones with a rich pedigree

Focal Listen headphones

The Focal Listen over-ear headphones feature a one-button in-line remote that controls most phones.

Few names ring out in the world of speakers like Focal. Both their car and home speakers earn high marks from our customers. And if you want to enjoy sound crafted by the French audio experts while you're at work, on the train, or going about your day, grab a pair of these Focal Listen headphones.

Chrome-plated, closed-back earcups help keep the bass tight and punchy. They house mylar and titanium drivers that are based on the ones in Focal's heavy-hitter Utopia and Elear headphones, for lively yet well-balanced sound.

Comfortable and stylish

Since these ‘phones are made for listening on the go, comfort is key. Their large earcups are padded with memory foam. A “soft touch” headband rests on your head, rather than clamping down on it. When you're wearing them, the solid Listen headphones seem smaller than they actually are. They feel sturdy and lightweight, and the streamlined industrial design combines curves and sharp angles for a striking look.

Remote/mic cable and other accessories

On the detachable cable, you'll find a one-button "universal" remote, which offers music and call controls for just about any smartphone, including Apple® and Android™ models. There's a built-in microphone further up the cable, helping ensure the caller on the other end can hear you. Focal also included a soft travel bag and airplane adapter for in-flight entertainment systems.

Product Highlights:

  • large closed-back, chrome-plated earcups help block out external noise
  • 40mm mylar/titanium drivers deliver detailed, dynamic sound
  • deep, controlled bass response
  • designed and developed in Saint-Etienne, France
  • detachable 55-inch oxygen-free copper cable with miniplug
    • in-line one-button remote and microphone for controlling music and phone calls on your smartphone
    • compatible with Apple and Android phones
  • thick memory-foam earpads and soft headband for long-lasting comfort
  • airplane adapter included
  • folding design for easy storage
  • soft, padded carry bag included
  • frequency response: 15-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 104 dB
  • impedance: 26 ohms
  • weight: 9.6 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Over-ear headphones
  • 55" Audio cable with in-line mic and remote (angled 3.5mm plug)
  • Aircraft adapter (female 3.5mm jack and two male 3.5mm plugs)
  • Padded zippered pouch
  • User Manual

Focal Listen Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Focal Listen

Crutchfield customer from Desloge, MO on 12/19/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

look great can't wait till Christmas



Nice, if they happen to fit your head.

Me from Seattle, WA on 7/8/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These have surprisingly clean and accurate sound (my reference is the Grado SR325e, and the Focal is pretty good by comparison), and a nice soundstage for a closed headphone. Unfortunately, they seem to have been designed to fit one specific head, and no other. They suffer from very poor adjustability: no swivels on the earcups, and because the headband is plastic (or appears to be), you can't adjust the (very high) clamping force by flexing it as you can with a metal band. If it happens to fit you, you'll love it. Sadly, it wasn't comfortable for me.

Pros: Pleasing, accurate sound.

Cons: Either they fit or they don't.

Focal Listen

Crutchfield customer from Broomfield, CO on 2/28/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Sound clarity is amazing and they fit very snug. A little heavier then other headphones but I like the sturdy feel it creates. Cool design and great quality materials are used (memory foam ear covers). Only downside is low bass and no volume control on detachable cord.



Focal Listen

Crutchfield customer from Audio Heaven, N J on 11/28/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It's timbral and spatial as well. What else do you want more for $1,000 ? Highly recommend.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.24" x 3.674"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response 15-22k Hz
Sensitivity 122 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 10.7 ounces
Cord Length 55"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Focal Listen over-ear premium mobile headphones are designed for music lovers on-the-go. The headphones are designed in France by Focal's acoustic engineers. A 55" detachable cable is included, along with an airline adapter to use when you're traveling. The ear cups fold in to make them compact for traveling, and come with a soft, padded storage pouch.

Drivers: The Listen features large diaphragm (40mm) Mylar and Titanium transducers that hold their shape, delivering tight bass, balanced sound, and superb dynamic range.

Ear Cups: The circum-aural ear cups and headband are made with heat-sensitive memory foam to give you comfort for hours of listening. The chrome-plated outer ear cup covers feature manual brushing for an elegant look. The closed back design and thick ear pads provide excellent isolation from outside noise.

Cable: The included 55" cable has an in-line omnidirectional microphone for phone calls, and a separate in-line one-button remote. The remote can control the playback (play/pause/next track/previous track) of digital music files, and mobile phone calls (answer/hang up), and is compatible with most smart devices. The Oxygen-free copper (OFC) cable and gold-plated terminals provide the best signal transfer. The supplied gold-plated airline adapter lets you use the headphones for in-flight entertainment.


  • Frequency Response: 15Hz - 22kHz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 122dB SPL @ 1kHz / 1 Vrms
  • THD: <0.4% / 1 kHz / 100dB SPL
  • Weight: 10.7 ounces (with cable)

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

bought it for my son, listened to the headphones and was hooked [ JONATHAN  Nov 11, 2018 ]
I own other Focal headphones and have been extremely satisfied. I bought these for the features and the "Focal" sound. [ david  Nov 22, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

These headphones are not wireless. We have others that are! I recommend contacting an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 to discuss your goals and preferences to get a personal recommendation My Bio: [ Paul  Nov 27, 2018 ]  Staff
I'd say the reason they are not listed as audiophile headphones is because they are not the best headphones that Focal makes. Those would be more likely called their audiophile headphones. If you need help choosing headphones, you can call an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 for a personal recommendation. My Bio: [ Paul  Jan 16, 2017 ]  Staff