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Focal Headphones & DAC/Amp Sale $29-$2,999 + $25 Delivery ($0 with $100 Spend) @ Addicted to Audio

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Massive savings on Focal headphones and DAC/AMP.

https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/collections/focal-sale-02-03-...

A couple that are more than 50% off:

Focal Arche DAC & Headphone Amplifier $1,799 down from $3,799 https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/collections/focal-sale-02-03-...

Focal Arche & Focal Elegia Bundle $1,999 down from $5,198 https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/collections/focal-sale-02-03-...

Focal Arche & Focal Clear Professional Bundle $2,499 down from $5,998 https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/collections/focal-sale-02-03-...

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  • Price?

  • Any one can tell me whats the difference between
    https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/collections/focal-sale-02-03-...

    vs

    https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/collections/focal-sale-02-03-...

    I am think this between HD800s

    I have a focal elear and HD 800 ATM

    any opinions?

    • What I can tell you is audio wise they sound exactly the same, the only difference is looks and the cable etc. included.

      • thats what I though…

        just confirming…

        I was sending them an email 2 weeks ago in regarding to those headphones, they are willing to drop to this price not 1100, and not for HD800s

        but may be a year later you will see HDXX from mass drop in a2a store…

        • Can’t blame them, the HD800s are already rock bottom prices with bugger all margins

    • I have both and the Clear's get far more use. Much more dynamic, engaging sound. Also the 800s move around on my head and SQ changes as they move. Having said all that I picked up an LCD-2C recently and that has been getting most use for comfort, Clear has better SQ . Feel free to ask any other questions.

    • Might as well mod your HD 800 and get most of the way to an HD 800S.

      Do you have a goal in mind with your purchase? Different technicalities, different sound signature, more soundstage, better timbre?

      Options you might want to consider for different reasons: HIFIMAN Sundara, Arya and Ananda, Sennheiser/Drop HD 8XX (aiming to improve on the HD 800S), the Audio Technica ATH-R70X.

  • Massive savings?

  • Sweet mother. I already bought. I'm keen on the arche but my wallet is not

  • These are headphones only or headphone/DAC combo?

    • What were you looking at? They're headphones only unless you're looking at a bundle like this

    • you will need a DAC, preferably a decent one. price 3 times of the headphone.
      however this one is easier to drive compare with hd800 etc, but a good dac will take it to next level

      • +1 vote

        this one is easier to drive… but a good dac will take it to next level

        Did you confuse a DAC with a headphone amp?

        • strictly speaking I was thinking both dac and amp, but forgot to type amp, as I got the combo. :(

      • Most of the Focals are pretty easy to drive. I use them LG V40, Fiio BTR5, iPod etc fine, in addition to desktop amps.

  • Oh my… I bought the Focal Celestee just last weekend. While it is really good, I could have got the Focal Clear! At this price point, I don't mind the easy to stain material lol…

    Anyone has tested the Focal Clear MG yet?

    • MG is bass light and truly tuned for studio.
      I will stick with Clear until I am specifically using it for mixing.

      • Thanks for this! I auditioned the Focal Clear and was 'surprised' as I was expecting it to be bass light given the open back nature.

        I got the Celestee last weekend but that headphone is developing a strange pop/click in the middle of a song. Its strange cause you would expect this from a DAC/AMP. Anyway I sine-sweeped it and the right driver is rattling in the bass region even on low volume. I think this is the dreaded mechanical clipping but its strange because it is suppose to happen in loud volume.

  • Quality of these when paired with a good DAC/AMP is incredible. Beautiful clarity and separation.

    BUT…

    Avoid if you like your bass and low end rumble (I'm not talking about beats-style bass-heads!). These are tuned to be neutral and replicate the sounds 'as the artist intended', however I found myself wanting to dial up the bass on certain tracks, especially for music like EDM etc. I was willing to drop the full price on a pair, but changed my mind when I listened in store. It was a painful decision though, as EVERYTHING else about them was amazing.

    If the weaker bass doesn't bother you then this is an amazing deal.

    • A while ago I bought the Clears and paired them with the Violectric V220. Like you said, the bass was a little low for my liking also, so I ended up adding the Schiit Loki EQ (https://www.schiit.com/products/loki-mini-3) between the source and the headphone amp. A little tweak on the EQ made all of the difference :)

    • Focal also has the Focal Radiance (a different tune of the alu-mag driver used on Elegia, Celestee closebacks) and it has a more elevated bass shelf (about +3dB from below 100Hz). It is a limited run with the Bentley logo (which can be cheesy depending on your preference). However the design is ultra attractive. Really beautiful.

  • Has anyone heard the Arche? I currently use an Oppo HA-1 and Cavalli Liquid Carbon if anyone can give comparisons?

    • Pure Class A amp with DAC, better than both of these devices mentioned.
      Provides more weight to the music, not clinical or precise or neutral.

  • So what's $29?

  • Why is Clear Pro always cheaper than Clear (grey)?

    • Not always.
      Last year Clear was always more expensive than Pro.

      I have had one and seen both ageing (one with a mate).
      Clear ages pretty bad, the silver / grey pads look horrible in a few months and need a definite change, very poor colour choice.
      Though clear come with a Balanced Cable, but you can get one for $150-$200, honestly not even needed as these are not power hungry headphones.

      Pro comes with extra pads and age better than grey Clear.

      Its good that Pro is cheaper coz the other Clear is not the pick, Pro is.

      • Last year Clear was always more expensive than Pro.

        That's the same as now. You'd think Pro should cost more. It's always cheaper by at least $300 than the non-pro.

        Clear ages pretty bad, the silver / grey pads look horrible in a few months and need a definite change, very poor colour choice.

        Are you a sweaty guy? I always clean myself first and if it's a sweltering day, I don't use them, I just switch to IEMs. I take good care of my stuff.

        Pro comes with extra pads and age better than grey Clear.

        My problem is I don't like the colour. I prefer the understated, inconspicuous grey/silver. Black and red screams "gamer", "look at me".

        • Sorry I meant the other way.
          Last year Pro was more expensive than Clear . (even during the first A2A Focal sale, when TOTLs were $3000)
          Its only recently that A2A has lowered Pro's price.

          For the rest of your comments I won't reply as you seem like a guy who does not like an opinion (evident you own the poorly ageing Grey Clear) and rather is a keen keyboard warrior.

          • @Jabberwocky:

            I won't reply as you seem like a guy who does not like an opinion (evident you own the poorly ageing Grey Clear)

            Sounds like you're guilty of the same since you downvote me for not liking red.

            Me having a different colour preference (silver is my favorite colour so I will always take that over any other colour) does not mean I don't respect your right to have a different opinion. And I don't own the aging grey Clear. I don't have one. It's just my preferred gadget colour. I'm still waiting for a sale on the grey/silver.

            and rather is a keen keyboard warrior.

            I've no idea what that means. We all have keyboards, and we all have preferences for one thing over another. I guess we're all keyboard warriors?

  • I want the dac amp only with more discount.