Focal Elex

Focal Elex

Focal Elex

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BEST RATING
TV & Video:
4.5
MUSIC: Good7.7/10
CALLS: Poor4.3/10
GAMING: Fair6.9/10
TV: Very Good8.3/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Good7.1/10
EXERCISE: Poor4.3/10
AIR TRAVEL: Poor4.1/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Poor2.5/10
BUILD QUALITY: Excellent9.0/10

The Focal Elex are high-end open-back over-ear headphones known for their excellent overall sound quality. They are wired, ensuring consistent audio fidelity without latency issues, making them great for music and TV, but they lack a built-in microphone, making them unsuitable for calls and meetings. Comfort is a strong point due to their over-ear design, but they are quite large and not portable or exercise-friendly. They also don't have noise-cancelling capabilities, so they might not be the best choice for noisy environments. The Elex is built well with a detachable cable for convenience, and they are made with a dynamic driver to deliver detailed audio reproduction. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Superb overall sound quality
  • Excellent soundstage and imaging
  • Comfortable for long listening sessions
  • High build quality with a detachable cable
  • Dynamic driver type for natural sound
Cons
  • Poor performance during calls and meetings
  • Not suitable for gaming, lacks low latency
  • Inadequate for exercise, not sweatproof
  • Not travel-friendly, very large and poor noise isolation

Ratings by Category

TV & Video:
4.5
The Focal Elex headphones are excellent for watching TV and videos because they are wired, avoiding latency issues that can cause audio to be out of sync, and they offer very good sound quality, which enhances the overall viewing experience. Additionally, their very good soundstage and imaging provide a more immersive and spatial audio experience, while the headphones are also noted for their comfort, allowing for extended viewing sessions without discomfort.
Music:
4.3
The Focal Elex headphones have an open enclosure type which contributes to a very good soundstage and imaging, creating an immersive listening experience for music. They also boast a very good overall sound quality, ensuring that the audio is represented with clarity and fidelity.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.0
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Gaming:
3.9
The Focal Elex offers very good soundstage and imaging, which are beneficial for an immersive gaming experience, but the microphone quality is poor, which can be a drawback for communication in multiplayer games. Additionally, while these headphones are wired, ensuring low latency suitable for gaming, the lack of a good microphone may require purchasing an external one for better voice chat clarity.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$749
Brand
Focal
Release Date
December 1, 2017
Form Factor
Headphones
Connectivity
Wired

SOUND

Music Score
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7.8/10
Phone Calls Score
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4.4/10
Gaming Score
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6.9/10
TV and Video Score
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8.4/10
Exercise Score
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4.3/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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2.5/10
Virtual Surround
No

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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9/10
Comfort score
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8/10
Weight
450 Grams
Waterproof Rating
0
Dustproof Rating
0

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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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