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First impressions of the earcup padding too are not quite perfect.Next, read our best headphones round-up. Their presentation is quite flat, with no odd bass or treble emphasis to spoil an impression of balance. Open-back headphones tend to offer a more open soundstage than you get here, and theyre a little big and heavy to be perfect portable headphones. Wed be disappointed with anything less from a name like Focal.
What separates the higher-end Focal Spirit Classic from the cheaper Spirit One is a slight boost to the treble, but we still find the top end very easy-going. Mids and treble are warm and smooth-sounding, while imaging is very clear and precise. The headband also digs into your head a bit while it appears to be super-padded, most of the padding is actually on the top where it is of little use. However, the Focal Spirit Classic do not embarrass the Focal name.
With most of the issues coming from the practical side rather than the sound, though, theyre certainly worth investigating further if a dual-personality headphone is really what youre after. The headphones are made using a mix of metal and plastic, and Focal has done its best to make as much of the area your fingers come into contact with metallic. VerdictThe fairly tight grip and large size means the Focal Spirit Classic arent for everyone, but great, nuanced sound and pretty good versatility makes them a solid buy for those with picky ears. These are true hi-fi headphones.
Focal Spirit Classic: DesignThe Focal Spirit Classic have a distinctive design, but exactly what Focal is trying to do here is not 100 per cent clear. You can fold them up a little too, for easy stowing away. Theyre not bad-looking, but are large and a little Germanic in their angular design though Focal is a French company.What are the Focal Spirit ClassicThe Focal Spirit Classic are full-size headphones intended for a serious audience.
SEE ALSO: Beats Solo 2 reviewWe think Focal could have eased back on the tension a little as headphones dont need to be quite this grippy unless theyre intended for joggers. However, theyre not quite as comfortable as something like the Sennheiser HD650, which are open headphones that are only good for home use. And sonically theyre great in a number of respects. The latter is probably the headphones best asset, and something that marks this out as a serious pair.
There are bonuses to this approach they dont leak sound, so you can wear them on the train without committing a grave social sin, and they block out external noise very well. Still, we wish they would decide to be either home or portable headphones and design accordingly. You will need to check your street cred in at the door if you intend to wear them out in public, though. And many of you will appreciate that their design means you can use them at home or out and about.
It’s memory foam, which gradually mould to the shape of your head. It gives the headphones a classy feel that fits with the 300 price pretty well. Theres just about zero sibilance, but if you like your headphones to truly bite, you may not get on with these headphones entirely.However, sound quality as a whole is excellent, with the sort of high-fidelity presentation wed expect from Focal.
Still, we cant help but feel that they might be improved by picking a side and sticking to it. Their design is a little confusing, and those after purely at-home headphones should also consider an open-back pair. They cost 300 and dont have any of the populist trappings of the style headphones that are so prevalent these days. Theres a lot of it and its topped with high-grade synthetic leather but could do with being a little softer.
SEE ALSO: V-Moda XS review Focal Spirit Classic Sound QualityThe Focal Spirit Classic use 40mm drivers, the most common size for large headphones like these.Despite some reservations about the design direction, actual build quality is excellent. Unusually, these are headphones that get more comofortable as you listen, not less. The Sennheiser Momentum are better in this regard.
Large headphones from hifi brands like Focal are often intended to be at-home pairs, but these are closed-back headphones with a fairly tight headband. However, bass extension is very strong too while not bass obsessed like some higher-end portable headphones, the Spirit Classic can provide a convincing thump when required.SEE ALSO: Audio Technica SonicFuel ATH-OX7AMP reviewShould I buy the Focal Spirit ClassicSmooth mids, good bass presence and great imaging make the Focal Spirit Classic headphones for real music lovers. They feel a good deal more robust than most pairs. Finally thank you for reading!