I’ve spent a good deal of quality time with Focal’s high-end headphones over the last few years, and came away with favorable impressions of them all. This new one, Elegia differs from the other three over-the-ear headphones I’ve heard, the Elear, Clear, and Utopia. They’re all open-back designs that let you hear your surroundings. The Elegia is a closed-back design and does a decent job hushing external noise with a tight ear seal. The headphone sells for $899 in the US and £799 in the UK. The price hasn’t yet been set for Australia, but the US price converts to about AU$1,265. Solid comfort Aluminum yokes provide a secure grip on Elegia’s ear cups, the cushions are nice and soft, and the perforated micro-fiber padded headband reduces the pressure on the top of your head. Elegia feels above average in comfort, even though it weighs a hefty 15.2 ounces (430 grams). Build quality feels solid, and Elegia comes with a nicely finished storage case. The headphone is made in France. Elegia’s “M” shape inverted 40mm aluminum-magnesium dome driver owes a lot to the drivers used in Focal’s higher end ‘phones. Impedance is rated at 35 ohms. One nitpick: The four foot (1.2 meter) cable is stiffer and more prone to kinking than any other cable I’ve used that was supplied by the original manufacturer of the headphone. It’s a sturdy cable, and will probably withstand rough handling better than more typical skinny cables. In any case you can swap out… [Read full story]
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