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Updated January 10, 2024·

The 7hz Timeless earbuds are closed-back and provide better noise isolation, making them more versatile for different environments, including travel and exercise. They also have a detachable cable with planar drivers known for detailed sound, although they may be larger and less comfortable for some users. The Timeless is much more affordable, but if comfort and soundstage are priorities and budget isn't a constraint, the Elex could be better despite their less versatile use case. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the 7hz Timeless
  • Very good for music
Advantages of the Focal Elex
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

8.6
Timeless
Elex
7.7
The 7hz Timeless is very good for music, while the Focal Elex is good.

TV and Video

7.8
Timeless
Elex
8.3
The Focal Elex is very good for TV and video, while the 7hz Timeless is good.

Noise Reduction

5.3
Timeless
Elex
2.5
The 7hz Timeless and Focal Elex are both poor for noise reduction, though the 7hz Timeless is somewhat better.

Cost

$170
Timeless
Elex
$749
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The 7hz Timeless has a price of $170 and the Focal Elex costs $749.

Build Quality

8.5
Timeless
Elex
9.0
The Focal Elex has excellent build quality, while the 7hz Timeless has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

6.6
Timeless
Elex
6.9
The Focal Elex and 7hz Timeless are both only fair for gaming.

Phone Calls

4.3
Timeless
Elex
4.3
The Focal Elex and 7hz Timeless are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

6.8
Timeless
Elex
7.1
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Focal Elex to be good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the 7hz Timeless is only fair.

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How the 7hz Timeless and the Focal Elex compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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7hz TimelessFocal Elex
7hz TimelessFocal Elex

GENERAL

Price
$170
$749
Brand
7hzFocal
Release Date
August 1, 2021December 1, 2017
Form Factor
EarbudsHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
8.6/107.8/10
Phone Calls Score
4.3/104.4/10
Gaming Score
6.7/106.9/10
TV and Video Score
7.8/108.4/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.3/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
5.3/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
N/ANo

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
7/108/10
Size
LargeN/A
Weight (headset or single earbud)
5.5 Grams450 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00

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7hz Timeless

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Headphonesty

Kazi Mahbub Mutakabbir | May 2023
"7Hz picked a bold name for the Timeless and frankly, got very close to justifying their word choice. Most importantly, the Timeless are good to go in stock form, so you don’t have to worry about source-matching and such. I can recommend the 7Hz Timeless to those who do not mind a dash of brightness up top, want a taste of planar in IEM form, and want one of the most resolving pair of earphones in the $150 - $300 price range."

Focal Elex

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Golden Sound

Golden Sound | October 2021
"The Focal Elex are an excellent pair of headphones for the money and a great all-rounder that will suit many tastes. They’re an easy recommendation for anyone looking for something comfortable, well built, that looks good, and will work with just about any genre."

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