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Focal Elear

Open-back over-ear headphones

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Focal Elear




Our take on the Focal Elear

What happens when a leading speaker company dedicates time, resources, and effort toward an epic personal listening experience? We get the Focal Elear headphones. These high-performance over-ears were developed and built alongside Focal's top-of-the-line Utopia headphones in the company's Saint-Etienne, France headquarters. Many acoustic and engineering breakthroughs were shared along the way.

From the minds of world-renowned speaker experts

closeup of earcup Focal Elear

The Focal Elear headphones sport an open-back design for spacious, accurate sound.

What happens when a leading speaker company dedicates time, resources, and effort toward an epic personal listening experience? We get the Focal Elear headphones. These high-performance over-ears were developed and built alongside Focal's top-of-the-line Utopia headphones in the company's Saint-Etienne, France headquarters. Many acoustic and engineering breakthroughs were shared along the way.

The Elear's soundstage has been crafted to emulate the sound of the company's high-end speakers. And the engineers actually designed the drivers as if they were “extremely near-field monitors.” You'll appreciate that when you lean back in your chair, nestle your ears in the oversized, comfortable earcups, and let your music take over.

State-of-the art drivers made with fine materials

Focal used the same patent-pending “M”-shaped design for the diaphragm domes that they used in the Utopia headphone drivers. For these Elear headphones, they formed the lightweight domes from a blend of aluminum and magnesium. The design makes the drivers super-efficient, giving you precise, consistent sound across a wide frequency range.

My hands-on experience

"Like their big siblings, the Utopias, these headphones sound strikingly lifelike. The Elears may not be the at the very top-of-the-line, but they are no slouch 'phones — in fact quite the opposite.

They have a first-class feel from the moment you take them out of the case, on through to hours later when you finally take them off. Super dynamics and potent bass make for exciting listening — I'm talking genres from Bach to Biggie.

How many times have we all heard Tom Petty's "Breakdown"? Well, I've never heard it have quite the angst and passion as I did through the Elears. Musical details and nuances in his vocals added an extra gut-punch to the song. 

 — Jeff Miller, Crutchfield headphone guy

Sturdy, comfortable fit adds to the experience

The aluminum headband yoke slides smoothly (and it looks pretty smooth, too). It connects to the sturdy, industrial-looking open-back earcups and mesh grilles. The headband is lined with leather, and the earcups are covered in soft, breathable micro-fiber. Both are filled by nearly an inch of memory foam padding.

The solid build quality and high-grade materials help dampen vibrations for better sound. They also help ensure that you'll enjoy the Focal Elear for years to come. To properly keep and display these luxury ‘phones, Focal provides a rigid, padded storage case that seals with a magnet. They've also included an extra-long,oxygen-free copper cable with a stereo 1/4" jack on one end and two lock-in-place miniplug headphone connectors on the other end.

Product Highlights:

  • over-the-ear, open-back design for reduced resonance and spacious, natural sound
  • 40mm dynamic drivers made of high-grade materials
    • specially-designed "M-shaped" aluminum/magnesium domes deliver wide-range frequency response
  • a separate headphone amplifier is required to properly power these headphones for optimum sound quality
  • designed, developed, and assembled in Saint-Etienne, France
  • drivers positioned in open-back headphone chamber to help emulate the sound of loudspeakers
  • leather-lined headband and micro-fiber fabric-lined earcups
  • generous memory foam padding on the headband and earcups
  • aluminum headband yokes slide comfortably and sturdily into place
  • 13-foot oxygen-free cables with 1/4" stereo plug
    • two 3.5mm connectors lock into headphones for secure, high-quality connections
  • rigid storage case with padded interior and magnetic locking system
  • frequency response: 5-23,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 104 dB
  • impedance: 80 ohms
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Over-ear headphones
  • 13.1' (4-meter) Audio cable with dual 3.5mm plugs on one end and straight 1/4" plug on other end
  • Storage case
  • User manual
  • Safety Precautions and Warranty guide
  • Focal brand brochure

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

I have always been a big fan of Focal, and this is no exception. I have several pair of the Focal Spirit's, and those sounded nice, but these are entirely different. If you like the Focal sound, you will love these headphones.



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Features and Specs

Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 3.552" x 4.066"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 5-23k Hz
Sensitivity 104 dB
Impedance 80 Ohms
Weight 22 ounces
Cord Length 157.2"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Focal Elear audiophile over-ear headphones,  inspired by the same technology and research that went into designing and manufacturing the flagship Utopia headphones. The Elear is designed and manufactured in France, and feature wide-range, near-field loudspeakers built within the headphones. The Elear comes with a 13.1-foot cable, and a padded carrying case with a magnetic closure.

Drivers: The Elear features large 40mm full-range aluminum/magnesium "M"-shaped dome drivers. The unique shape of the drivers is the same as the ones used in the Utopia, offering high quality sound and blocking distortion.

Open Headphone Design: Focal decided that the best way to deliver all of the Elear's performance was to utilize a fully open headphone design to totally decompress the loudspeakers. The open design provides the lowest possible acoustic impedance to reproducing accurate and detailed bass frequencies, and gives you an extremely natural listening experience.

Ear Cups: The circum-aural ear cups feature 20mm thick memory foam cushions, wrapped in a soft microfiber fabric.

Cable: The included 13.1' (4-meter) high fidelity cable features OFC (oxygen-free copper) shielding with 24 AWG conductors and an extremely low impedance (<90 mΩ). The 2-sided balanced cable features dual 3.5mm connectors for plugging into the ear cups, and a standard 1/4" plug for connecting to your source unit.


  • Frequency Response: 5Hz - 23kHz
  • Impedance: 80 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 104dB SPL / 1 mW @ 1kHz
  • THD: <0.3% / 1 kHz / 100dB SPL
  • Ear Cup Dimensions: 3.552" W, 4.066" H, 2.273" D
  • Weight: 15.5 ounces (without cable), 22 ounces (with cable)

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Great pair of headphones. [ Aubrey  Jan 29, 2017 ]
Online Reviews of product. [ PATRICK  Jan 06, 2017 ]
The company's reputation for quality & great sound. [ loves film  Nov 07, 2016 ]

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