FOCAL Launches Elear Headphone Based on Utopia Technology

Saint-Étienne: FOCAL, the experts in luxury high fidelity loudspeakers has launched a new audiophile headphone based on the groundbreaking technology developed for its range-topping Utopia model. Utilising its renowned team of experienced loudspeaker engineers to take a fresh look at audiophile headphone design, FOCAL has implemented unique technology to implement true loudspeaker performance into open-backed headphones. The resulting Elear headphones take the listener to a new level of audiophile experience, whilst offering the comfort and finish expected from one of the world’s foremost loudspeaker manufacturers. 

The revolutionary Elear driver is constructed with a unique ‘m-shaped’ aluminum and magnesium diaphragm for the fastest response with minimal distortion. Much like the Utopia model, the Elear features the finest materials and components, in addition to matched loudspeaker drivers for the flattest frequency response curve – with every bellowing drum and pin drop note accounted for. 

Available across the UK now, the FOCAL Elear has a UK SRP price of £899.

Key features include: 

  • Open-backed headphones for an immersive musical experience 
  • Based on technology developed for the range-topping Utopia headphones 
  • Aluminium/Magnesium ‘M’ shape diaphragm – for a lightweight construction producing a fast response with minimal distortion 
  • Matched ‘loudspeaker’ drivers via Klippel Laser measurement for perfectly matched pairs 
  • Wide frequency range – 5Hz – 24kHz 
  • Luxurious materials used throughout – including alcantara earpads, leather headband and aluminium yoke.

The Worlds First Loudspeaker Headphones 

The FOCAL Elear and Utopia models are the first headphones to use real loudspeaker techniques in the development of the drivers. In an effort to source the finest materials and components, FOCAL engineers have rejected the standard ‘off-the-shelf’ components found in electrodynamic drivers for premium materials and a construction that offers stronger resonance and minimal distortion. This led to a fully bespoke matched loudspeaker driver that is paired to a very fine tolerance and able to reproduce the entire audio spectrum – with an immensely wide frequency range of 5Hz to 24kHz. To implement this concept, FOCAL engineers were tasked with designing a full-range loudspeaker that is compact and lightweight enough to fit within an ear cup. The result was the ‘m-shaped’ diaphragm.

The Worlds First Loudspeaker Headphones 

The FOCAL Elear and Utopia models are the first headphones to use real loudspeaker techniques in the development of the drivers. In an effort to source the finest materials and components, FOCAL engineers have rejected the standard ‘off-the-shelf’ components found in electrodynamic drivers for premium materials and a construction that offers stronger resonance and minimal distortion. This led to a fully bespoke matched loudspeaker driver that is paired to a very fine tolerance and able to reproduce the entire audio spectrum – with an immensely wide frequency range of 5Hz to 24kHz. To implement this concept, FOCAL engineers were tasked with designing a full-range loudspeaker that is compact and lightweight enough to fit within an ear cup. The result was the ‘m-shaped’ diaphragm.

To avoid these problems, an aluminum and magnesium ‘m-shaped’ diaphragm, inspired by FOCAL’s Car Audio tweeters, has been applied to the Elear. The ‘m-shape’ benefits from a larger emissive area and thanks to a more rigid and lightweight design, the 25mm dome equates to the performance of a 45mm dome – allowing for higher SPL capabilities. The ‘m-shape’ diaphragm results in higher damping, higher rigidity and the lowest possible mass – allowing for the ultimate performance within a loudspeaker headphone.

Groundbreaking Transient Response 

Another major innovation is the combination of the lightest possible voice coil and speaker surround, reaching a target never achieved before in the headphone industry – a mass of 135mg. This also allows for the best transient response ever achieved in an electrodynamic loudspeaker. 

The unique ‘m-shape’ diaphragm in both the Elear and Utopia models allows an important Xmax for a total respect of the dynamic. This requires a 5mm voice coil to ensure total frequency control (5Hz to 24kHz for the Elear). To construct this, FOCAL engineers created the first unsupported voice coil in order to reach the lowest possible mass with a coil twice the size of a standard component. The coil measures an astounding 5mm tall and 25mm in diameter – yet weighing lighter than a standard 1.5mm x 15mm voice coil. The coil is constructed from high quality NBR – a rubber compound that adds ultra flexibility and surround suspension to the diaphragm. NBR further combines softness, lightness and mechanical functioning linearity. The result is a surround 3 times thinner than a standard coil (200 microns) and a total mass of 150mg.

The Finest Construction 

Any devotee will appreciate the handcrafted and finely sourced nature of the components used within FOCAL products. At every stage, the most luxurious materials have been used to construct the Elear headphones – providing optimal comfort and the most astounding listening experience. 

The earcups are supported by plush cushioned Alcantara fabric. Due to its durable construction, Alcantara can endure the harshest of environments yet remains sumptuous to touch. It is also stain resistant, breathable and comfortable. This opulent material is used in the luxury automotive industry – with the likes of Lamborghini, Maserati and Aston Martin. As well as being exceptionally comfortable, the Alcantara earcups are also perforated with micro-punched holes to fine tune the performance absorption ratio. This results in an impressively flat frequency response for the upper to mid-range frequencies.

A luxury aluminum yoke holds the premium leather headband and driver cups together – for a sublimely robust and comfortable listening experience. 

The FOCAL Elear headphones have been designed for the most discerning of tastes and offer an element of exclusivity, heritage and excellence that is difficult to triumph. 

Available now, the FOCAL Elear has a UK SRP of £899.

Technical Specifications: 

  • Type: Circum-aura open back headphones
  • Impedance: 80 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 104dB SPL/ 1mW @ 1kHZ
  • THD: <0.3% @ 1kHz/ 100dB SPL
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz – 23kHz
  • Loudspeaker: 1137/64” (40mm) Aluminum-Magnesium ‘M’ shape dome
  • Weight: 0.99lb (450g)
  • Cable Length: 9.8ft (3m)
  • Connectors: 1×01/4” (6.5mm) stereo Jack connector, 29/64” (3.5mm) Jack
  • Carrying case: 1253/64” x 1015/64” x 629/64”

Accessories provided: 

  • Rigid carrying case with magnet locking system
  • 9.8ft (3-m) OFC cable
  • (1 x 01/4“ (6.35mm) stereo Jack 2 x 09⁄64“ (3.5mm) Jack with self-locking system)

 

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About FOCAL: 

For more than 35 years, FOCAL has been recognised as a leader on the global stage for its high fidelity products. This French company based in Saint-Étienne (Loire Department) manufactures speaker drivers, home audio and multimedia loudspeakers, car audio systems, monitoring loudspeakers and audiophile headphones. Many of FOCAL’s loudspeakers and technologies have become world-renowned references in the Hi-Fi industry. 

All FOCAL products are designed and developed in France: they benefit from 35 years of innovation in exclusive and patented acoustic technologies. FOCAL has chosen to continue manufacturing products ‘made in France’, where the quality and high standards of French workmanship place the brand above its competitors. A market leader in France, FOCAL exports more than 80% of its production, mainly to Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. 

In 2011, FOCAL merged with Naim Audio Limited, the leader of high-end electronics in the UK Vervent Audio Group, the resulting holding company, has a turnover of over €85 million.

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