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Focal Spirit Pro Stereo Headphone Review

Someone recommended this Focal Spirit Pro to me, so I bought it and was amazed by the sound. I was very reluctant to purchase a headphone that was associated with or designed by Paul Barton because of the references I'd read about making the headphones "sound like speakers". Well, I don't think this Spirit Pro sounds like speakers, but it does sound amazingly good.

http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/forum/headphone-reviews/3996-focal-spirit-pro-stereo-headphone-review.html

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RE: Focal Spirit Pro Stereo Headphone Review

I like the sound of that. I'll try to check some out if I see them around.

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Hi, I have just ordered the Focal Spirit Classic for a bargain price of £188 I hoping they will be of a similar quality as the Pro's you have reviewed. To me it was a no brainier as I can return them within 14 days if I don't get on with them.

Have you heard anything about the Classics?

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Hi, I have just ordered the Focal Spirit Classic for a bargain price of £188 I hoping they will be of a similar quality as the Pro's you have reviewed. To me it was a no brainier as I can return them within 14 days if I don't get on with them. Have you heard anything about the Classics?

I have heard that the Classic is very good, and may sound more agreeable for home listening than the Pro. I think the Pro is excellent, but it also has no 'flavor' at all, so some people may find it bland. I think you'll like the Classic. And if it's like the Pro the physical quality is very well done.

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Hi. Finally received my classics today and I have to say my first are very, very good. Very nice headphone in looks and build quality. I've been listening to them for a couple of hours straight. I've got to say they are sounding great straight from my iphone 5. I was a little concerned if the iphone would power them enough with no amp/dac. Again I needn't of worried they are sounding awesome. I have them on the same volume level I was listening at with my wife's P3's just before the Classics were delivered.

Couple of things worth a mention. I guess my head is on the small size and luckily for me so are my ears. Anyone with larger ears may struggle to actually fit them inside the cups. So if you are not careful they could end up being an on ear headphone to some.

Did I mention they are sounding great Smile

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I'm considering these as a next purchase. I like a more musical and engaging sound. Most of my headphones are warm with nice soundstages and I'm looking to a more neutral set that has these traits.

 

 

I'm considering the D7100 but the Focal pro and classic are a good price.

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At £188 on Amazon I'd say they are an absolute steal. My advice would be to order them. In the unlikely event you don't get on with them you can always return them

 

good luck with your purchase

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I'll prob wait for a while. I've recently sold my collection and kept my AH-D600 and M100 because they are both epic. I've also kept my Sony MA900 as I'm a headphone gamer. The classic or Pro seem like they can fit in as a balanced warm phone. I'll prob spend the next 5 months looking at comparisons between the two.

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Nearly 2 weeks in and the Focal Classics just continue to impress. For me they sound excellent. They are very clear and detailed and seem to handle all genres of music with ease. I have spent hours listening to my music and it's like I am listening to my playlists with a new found eagerness. Very enjoyable.

I am playing my music through my iphone5. My music is Apple lossless and I can't quite believe how great these headphones sound. I might add a Dac/amp combo at a later stage but only if it could be guarentee my phones would sound even better. I would take some convincing on this matter though. I'm more likely to wait to see what happens with a dedicated music player first. New exciting products are coming out all the time. Should be a good year for music lovers.

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Imusicman wrote:
Nearly 2 weeks in and the Focal Classics just continue to impress. For me they sound excellent. They are very clear and detailed and seem to handle all genres of music with ease. I have spent hours listening to my music and it's like I am listening to my playlists with a new found eagerness. Very enjoyable.  I am playing my music through my iphone5. My music is Apple lossless and I can't quite believe how great these headphones sound. I might add a Dac/amp combo at a later stage but only if it could be guarentee my phones would sound even better. I would take some convincing on this matter though. I'm more likely to wait to see what happens with a dedicated music player first. New exciting products are coming out all the time. Should be a good year for music lovers.

A small amp like the FiiO E07k or PA2V2 connected to the iPhone5 through the LOD using the Apple adapter and a FiiO LOD cable will make the music sound better. Way better when you listen with the amp for awhile, and then connect direct to the iPhone to hear the difference. And then a small DAC/amp like he AK10 or Beyer A200p is even better than that.

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RE: Focal Spirit Pro Stereo Headphone Review

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Imusicman wrote:
Nearly 2 weeks in and the Focal Classics just continue to impress. For me they sound excellent. They are very clear and detailed and seem to handle all genres of music with ease. I have spent hours listening to my music and it's like I am listening to my playlists with a new found eagerness. Very enjoyable.  I am playing my music through my iphone5. My music is Apple lossless and I can't quite believe how great these headphones sound. I might add a Dac/amp combo at a later stage but only if it could be guarentee my phones would sound even better. I would take some convincing on this matter though. I'm more likely to wait to see what happens with a dedicated music player first. New exciting products are coming out all the time. Should be a good year for music lovers.

A small amp like the FiiO E07k or PA2V2 connected to the iPhone5 through the LOD using the Apple adapter and a FiiO LOD cable will make the music sound better. Way better when you listen with the amp for awhile, and then connect direct to the iPhone to hear the difference. And then a small DAC/amp like he AK10 or Beyer A200p is even better than that.

That was my impression when I plugged them into my iPhone to test them in store. They seemed a bit dark. Next time I check them out I'll take my little FiiO (one of their older portable amps. Not great, but enough to make a difference and give a better idea of what the headphones should sound like.)

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