In 2016, Focal launched its Elear and Utopia headphones, whose major innovation was the first completely openback full range electro-dynamic transducer.
This technological advance meant that it was possible to eliminate the distortion generated by the vents, at the same time guaranteeing an absence of dynamic compression related to them.
This year, at NAMM, Focal reveals ‘Clear Professional’. These open over ear headphones incorporate a remarkable evolution of the speaker and an extremely open design aiming to make the headphones disappear, to the benefit of the sound.
‘Clear Professional’ headphones are so comfortable that the user forgets they are wearing them, and the listening experience, like listening to the best monitor speakers, takes over.
‘Clear Professional’ headphones take their place as a key staple for the most demanding professionals. These professional headphones have just one, unique objective: to be the ultimate tool for music production.
“Clear Professional” Headphone Strengths:
Remarkable tonal balance over the entire spectrum
Bass articulation, down to the very lowest frequencies
Great detail in the high frequencies
A listening experience very close to a pair of monitor speakers
Comfort and ergonomics
Design and materials used
Excellent performance connected to a laptop computer
2 cables provided, for each type of use
Rigid carrying case provided
‘Clear Professional’ uses a new generation of Focal’s 40mm fullrange speaker. A 24.5mm diameter, 5.5mm long unsupported copper coil has been developed. This major innovation weighs just 100mg.
The material chosen, copper, has the effect of achieving an extremely high magnetic field in the coil. With this, the moving parts are always under control, even at maximum capacity, providing bass articulation worthy of the best subwoofers.
Its 55-Ohm impedance makes ‘Clear Professional’ easy to drive, even in a mobile configuration, directly connected to the headphone output of a laptop.
The proprietary 75-micron suspension combines very low mass with high elongation. It contributes to exceptional impulse response with breakup raised to 24kHz. Thus, high frequencies are extremely linear and transients are reproduced accurately.
‘Clear Professional’ headphones are capable of precisely revealing the tiniest details of the recording, providing extremely precise control so the user can hear the most subtle changes.
‘Clear Professional’ headphones come with two cables so that users have the best solution for their device of choice. These oxygen-free copper 24 AWG (American Wire Gauge) cables offer very low resistance, and therefore high acoustic transparency.
The first cable, a 5m spiral for use in the studio connected to a mixing console, for example. The second, 1.2m in length, is fitted with a 3.5mm stereo jack connector, a good cable choice for people on the move, ensuring very high quality reproduction connected to a compact audio interface using the 3.5mm to 6.35mm jack adapter.
The final ‘Clear Professional’ accessory is a rigid carrying case.
Its thermoformed shell in the shape of the head phones protects them from impacts and the hazards associated with transport.
It also has capacity to store one cable and an iLok® key (not provided), all within its compact dimensions.
Their ability to reproduce every detail, their tonal balance, their remarkable dynamics and transient reproduction worthy of the best monitor speakers — this is why ‘Clear Professional’ headphones are a clear choice for the most demanding professionals.
Pricing & Availability: The ‘Clear Professional’ reference headphones are expected to be available in February, 2018, for $1,699.00. For more information on Focal Professional headphones, please visit the Focal website.
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