Focal Clear

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  1. SoupRKnowva

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    I went back to Definitive Audio here in Seattle this afternoon, I was hoping to listen to the Clears balanced out of the GO2A this time, I grabbed an adapter off amazon I was hoping would work. Turns out they couldn’t find the box and therefor couldn’t find the cable in question.

    Anyways, I spent another 45 minutes or so listening to the Clears single ended like last time.

    The last time I said there was a song by Soen that sounded strained, and I thought it might have been them showing some dynamic compression I hadn’t heard before. But this time I realized it was there in a lot of the progressive metal I listen to, and it was always with male vocals, it ended up giving me a headache after a while, something I noticed last time but thought might have had something to do with the physical headphones. I’m not sure if it’s the upper mid aggressiveness @Hands is talking about, but considering it’s almost entirely from certain male vocals I’m inclined to think so. Or it could be some sort of resonance around there.

    These cans do do a lot correct, intellectually I like them quite a bit. Something like the new Archspire record sounds incredible or a lot of my favorite pop sounds excellent as well. But if the music hits the right spot in the frequency range they start to give me a headache.

    Anyways, I’d recommend people check them out, they just aren’t for me after all.
     
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    So apparently Focal are releasing the Clear Professional soon. Source is Nomax on Head-Fi via the Clear thread there (multiple posts from page 111 onward). His leaks have a track record of being solid. Looks like an open design, black instead of silver this time and with red pads.

    Wishful thinking: higher impedance and more clamp to distribute the weight more off the top? One can only dream... Would be a horrible surprise for many early adopters though. If the past is an indicator (InnerFidelity) we can at least expect a somewhat different, probably in comparison less relaxed presentation.

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    Uh, link pls? Seems like a dumbass move to release yet another model that's also open and in a different color unless they are going after generation Beats. Color scheme sounds like I just puked in my mouth a little.
     
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    An open professional?
     
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    Posted on Head-Fi today by Nomax. Focal is going to be at CanJam New York next month as Focal and as Focal Professional so likely launching some new pro products.
     
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    Wow, the earpads dyed in pig's blood is a nice touch. Very serious looking, for true professionals who like the Beats aesthetic but don't want to exude too much "street" at the workplace. But seriously, I like the coiled cable.
     
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    I'm hoping @Vorlon is wrong about 'less relaxed presentation', does it come with people who beat you up as you listen?

    Clear is already so aggressive about shoving its technical excellence straight into your brain, do not pass by the ears, do not collect 200$.

    One that's aggressive overall sounds a mite terrifying.
     
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    I prefer the pro black and blood color to the "consumer" silver. Wonder if they'll be a major cost difference. The red pads do look nuts though, almost looks like.... ah! A new upscale beats headphone. Maybe called: Beats Signature Line
     
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    I know, it doesn´t make sense to me either (who uses open headphones in studios?) It´s just that Nomax denied on Head-Fi that he meant it is a closed headphone after some previous teasing messages, i.e. it has to be open then. Also even in the low resolution picture it looked pretty open to me. Now that the high resolution picture is out I have to I prefer the look to the silver one. If the sound is identical I´ll probably get this instead if I end up getting the Clear (very likely).

    Fully agree with you that a Clear Professional doesn´t need that kind of tuning at all - its high end is already a little bit edgy as is... That was just an educated guess as usually studio headphones often tend to sound more aggressive in general compared to their consumer variants (like Beyerdynamic DT 1990, Focal Spirit Professional etc.) Maybe they are more useful as monitoring tools when they highlight issues in the mix or something.
     

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