Our Verdict Yet another premium headphone to add to your shortlist For Feel durable sound refined and detailed Against Not the most exciting, or dynamic, headphones we’ve heard Reviewed on 20th March 2012 Closed-back headphones, constructed from a mixture of aircraft-grade aluminium, leather and rubberised plastic, the Focal Spirit Ones are sturdily made and feel built to last. Behind the bright red mesh in each ear-cup sits a 40mm mylar/titanium diaphragm driver, a light, rigid unit designed to major on sensitivity and linearity. The detachable cable resists tangling well and features an iDevice remote control with integrated mic – a little too high up the cable for our liking. Punchy bass and a detailed midrange The Focals give a grown-up, controlled and authoritative account of themselves when on the receiving end of a FLAC file of Comet Gain’s If You Ever Walk Out Of My Life. More after the break Low frequencies punch manfully, and variation in tone and texture is impressive. The midrange is equally well realised, with plenty of detail described and, consequently, real expressiveness. At the top of the frequency range there’s just a suggestion of brightness, but only at high volumes – otherwise treble sounds are as prudent as everything below them. The stereo image is fairly compact, but instruments are separated well, and the Focals offer a commendably natural quality to sounds, especially in the midrange. The only noteworthy drawback is a slight, but palpable, lack of excitement. For all their powers of resolution, the Spirit Ones never really take flight, and this reticence is coupled with a slight lack of dynamic thrust. But there’s no doubt these are a viable alternative to the likes of B&W’s P5s. Follow whathifi on Twitter Join whathifi on Facebook Where to buy View all » Focal Spirit One £138.74 New, used, refurbished and collectable products at great prices, safely and securely from third parties, at Amazon.co.uk. View Offer £99 View Offer Related News The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the week Fri, 17 Mar 2017, 04:53pm Headphones catch fire mid-flight, injuring airline passenger Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 04:26pm The best headphone deals - in-ear, over-ear, wireless and more Mon, 06 Mar 2017, 04:44pm The 10 most popular reviews on What Hi-Fi? Wed, 01 Mar 2017, 03:56pm The AH-C160Ws are Denon's sporty new wireless earphones Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 12:00am Focal Headphones Spirit One Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.