Hearing about these headphones and actually experiencing them are two totally different things.
One really cool feature about Focal Listen Professional that will instantly blow you away is that you can twist and turn them, and they won’t break. They are flexible headphones!
The French love details. And, as if to prove just what they are capable of, they released these cans to succeed the Spirit Pros.
Are they really ‘professional’ headphones as the name suggests?
Let’s get to it.
They have a simple yet unique design. Not only is the headband semi-flexible, but it also has silicone padded liner which is proven to evenly distribute weight to relieve pain or pressure.
You can literally use these headphones anywhere you go because they are foldable and compatible with any smartphone.
They have a low impedance of 32 Ohms and sensitivity is specified at 122dB at 1kHz.
The Focal Listen Professional headphones ship with two oxygen-free cables that are detachable. For the studio, you get the 16 ft. coiled cable and for your phone the shorter 4.5 ft. straight cable with a built-in microphone.
Let me say this straight, the soft ear cups are made of a 22 mm thick memory foam carefully molded with microfiber jackets to maintain heat and pressure.
Plus, they press nicely around your ears, not on top of your ears.
Renowned for their superior studio monitors, Focal brought their knowledge of GREAT sound into the Focal Listen Professional headphones.
Equipped with a pair of 40mm drivers with Mylar and titanium cones, they offer an extended frequency range of 15 Hz to 22kHz, low distortion low-ends, and controlled high ends.
And, get this. Although most of the parts are made of plastic, they don’t look cheap or feel flimsy.
Quite the contrary. They are sleek with a matte finish that doesn’t leave fingerprints all over.
Pros & Cons
Pros & Cons
Stylish semi-flexible design
Foldable with detachable cables for easy portability
Closed back design providing passive isolation
The earcups are heat sensitive thus providing a custom fit
The 40mm drivers boost performance
The low impedance of 32 ohms makes them ideal for use with smartphones, laptops, or other devices
The earcups feel tight if you have fairly large ears
Are the Focal Listen Professional exceptional?
They perform better using a decent amp, but still sound impressive using your phone’s or laptop’s amplifiers.
In a nutshell, they offer a wide soundstage with well-balanced tones.
Focal know their gadgets and they did a wonderful job creating headphones that incorporate professional audio quality and good design.
If you’re the type of person who feels you need to adjust in-ear earphones, you haven’t tried Etymotic ER4 XR & SR.
Etymotic has been around for over 30 years, and one thing they focus on in all their equipment is accuracy and sound quality.
The XR version is an Extended Response model while the SR version is a Studio Reference model. Both are leading high-fidelity and noise isolating earphone brands.
As the inventors of insert earphones, Etymotic has gained a lot of respect from all quarters of the music industry.
So, what’s all the hype about the ER4 series?
Oddly, the low profile design is actually good-looking and the bullet-type earphones offer the right fit. Regardless of how much you move, they won’t fall off.
Gym-goers, travelers, runners, and virtually anybody who loves music will find extreme comfort in them. Both the ER4 XR & SR sport three flange-style eartips – with additional eartips included in the package.
You’ll have to try several eartips to get the right fit. Once you do, they are so comfortable you won’t even realize they are there.
And that’s not all. Because of the secure fit, the eartips offer passive noise reduction.
Performance wise, the SR has a deeper bass response than the XR. Both exhibit depth, clarity, and accuracy with an impressive soundstage.
They are enhanced to give a richer and full sound on your mixes. The mids and highs are full of detail, controlled and never screeching. Vocals are exquisite and distortion is very minimal.
A fair warning. Once you get used to Etymotic ER4 earphones, there will be no looking back.
Pros & Cons
Pros & Cons
The cables are detachable and tangle-free.
The additional set of foam tips and silicone tips are an added advantage
The overall sound of both SR and XR is convincing and precise
Eartips offer a secure fit
The bass response could do better
The XR model doesn’t have in-line remote control or mic
Both Etymotic ER4 XR & SR deliver sonic accuracy that’s hard to find in most of the other professional earphones.
These earphones are built to last and they deliver extremely clear audio.