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Focal Spirit One review

7.8/10 AVG.
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Sealed-back, Circumaural Design . | 40mm Sculpted Cavity Mylar Titanium Diaphragm. | Modular Single sided, acoustically damped signal cable with integrated microphone & made for iPhone, iPod, iPad controls. | Comfort-Fit Aluminum Framed Pentagraph Headband Design with Gimbaled Earcups. | Fully Accessorized (Hard Case, Travel bag, Airplane Adaptor, 1/8 to 1/4 Jack Adaptor) .

Sealed-back, Circumaural Design . | 40mm Sculpted Cavity Mylar Titanium Diaphragm. | Modular Single sided, acoustically damped signal cable with integrated microphone & made for iPhone, iPod, iPad controls. | Comfort-Fit Aluminum Framed Pentagraph Headband Design with Gimbaled Earcups. | Fully Accessorized (Hard Case, Travel bag, Airplane Adaptor, 1/8 to 1/4 Jack Adaptor) .

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Size 21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3 in)
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What's good

  • Excellent noise isolation
  • Natural sounding audio quality
  • Classy design

What's bad

  • Uncomfortable to wear for long amounts of time
  • Somewhat flat sound dynamics

Despite a rocky start upon initial release of the Spirit One, Focal was able to rectify the situation and produce a pair of premium headphones. The headphones are made from highly polished plastic with aluminum hinges for improved durability. Rather than the standard one hinge, the Spirit One has two vertical hinges that attach to the faux leather ear cups and one horizontal axis, which allows users to adjust the tightness of the headphones to suit their head shape and size. According to reviewers, this has the added benefit of improving passive noise isolation though the additional pressure also makes it uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Experts paint the Spirit One's soundscape as having a fairly punchy bass and well realized mid and high range. They note that in general the headphones are natural sounding if not a little on the neutral side. What Hi Fi adds, "The only noteworthy drawback is a slight, but palpable, lack of excitement…the Spirit One never really take flight, and this…is coupled with a slight lack of dynamic thrust." In addition to music listening, it also comes with controls for smartphones so you can make and receive calls.

All in all, critics highly recommend the Focal Spirit One. CNET says, "The Spirit One not only scores with superb sound quality, but it's reasonably comfortable with first-rate construction quality and classy style." Pocket Lint adds, "The noise isolation is super, the sound is great and they really look great."


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