Talk about a quadruple whammy from French audio group, Focal. They’re granting us with four new headphones to include over-ears, wireless in-ear solutions, and modifications to a fan favorite. Meet Focal Listen Wireless, Spark & Spark Wireless, and Sphear S.
New Release Focal Listen Wireless, Spark Wireless, Sphear S
Focal Listen Wireless delivers upon the premium balanced sound of the original flagship model while allowing users to untether themselves. This high-resolution wireless headphone looks nearly identical to its predecessor, though the ear pads have been slight modified and optimized for use as a Bluetooth headset. Listen Wireless is armed with Bluetooth 4.1 and while this is indeed an older iteration of the wireless communication standard, Focal promises that this move was to retain the quality of music, touting “sacrificing sound is not an option.” Listen Wireless reaches a frequency response range of 15-22,000 Hertz on an impedance of 32 ohms employing 40 mm electrodynamic mylar titanium drivers. The internal memory can store up to 8 devices for easy pairing. The headphones can be used for up to 20 hours wirelessly and 240 hours on standby while reaching an impressive reception range of up to 60 feet. Listen Wireless will be available mid-July in Black for $299. Listen (wired) will retail for $249 (dropping down from $299) starting June 21.
Focal Spark and Spark Wireless are two new in-ear buds from our French friends modeled after their high-resolution Sphere earphones. FYI, let me point out that Spark Wireless is the first Bluetooth headset designed by Focal. Spark and Spark Wireless provide a more consumer friendly budget while capitalizing on better portability all the while delivering top notch sound. Spark possesses slim aluminum housings with the Focal emblem carved out at the end. It is quite sleek. The flat wire cable keeps the buds from tangling while an in line remote and mic make for easy navigation through your playlists and the ability to take calls a breeze. As for sound, thanks to 9.5 mm Mylar drivers, Spark and Spark Wireless can provide what Focal calls “exceptional” and “authentic sound, leaving no room for monotony” delivering the best in audio quality whether streaming or downloading music files. Spark and Spark Wireless reach a frequency response range of 20-20,000 Hertz at an impedance of 16 ohms. The Bluetooth model also features a rechargeable battery and can operate for up to 8 hours at a time. Spark and Spark Wireless are now available in black and silver for $69 and $99, respectively. Spark Blue Cobalt and Spark Wireless Rose Gold will be available mid-July.
Focal Sphear S earphones are a new and modified re-hash of Focal Sphear, combining a sleek with comfort and acoustic quality. Sphear S features 10.8 mm Mylar transducers for high-fidelity audio with extended frequency response in the low end as well as a remarkable tonal balance. The Sphear S has been built to suit any ear while providing the utmost delivery in audio quality. It reaches a frequency response range of 20-20,000 Hertz at an impedance of 16 ohms. Sphear S will be available mid-July in Black from retail and online partners for $129.