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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Focal Elex offers great sound quality and a slightly better build quality but may not be as comfortable or have a soundstage as expansive as the HifiMan Arya Stealth. If you prioritize a more immersive listening experience with a wider soundstage and higher comfort for longer sessions, the Arya Stealth could be worth the extra cost. Both models lack features such as wireless connectivity, noise cancelling, and sweat or dustproofing, so they are best suited for quiet indoor environments. Neither are optimal for exercise or travel due to their open design and lower portability. Neither have built-in microphones for calls or active noise canceling features, making them less suitable for noisy settings or virtual meetings. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Focal Elex
  • The Focal Elex has no clear advantages over the HifiMan Arya Stealth.
Advantages of the HifiMan Arya Stealth
  • Best in class for music
  • Good for gaming
  • Excellent for TV and video
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.7
Elex
Arya Stealth
10.0
The HifiMan Arya Stealth is best in class for music, while the Focal Elex is good.

Phone Calls

4.3
Elex
Arya Stealth
5.1
The HifiMan Arya Stealth and Focal Elex are both poor for phone calls, though the HifiMan Arya Stealth is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.1
Elex
Arya Stealth
8.1
The HifiMan Arya Stealth is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Focal Elex is good.

TV and Video

8.3
Elex
Arya Stealth
9.4
The HifiMan Arya Stealth is excellent for TV and video, while the Focal Elex is very good.

Cost

$749
Elex
Arya Stealth
$759
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$350

$360

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$390

$400

The Focal Elex has a price of $749 and the HifiMan Arya Stealth costs $759.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

6.9
Elex
Arya Stealth
7.1
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers HifiMan Arya Stealth to be good for gaming, while the Focal Elex is only fair.

Noise Reduction

2.5
Elex
Arya Stealth
2.5
The Focal Elex and HifiMan Arya Stealth are both poor for noise reduction.

Build Quality

9.0
Elex
Arya Stealth
9.0
The Focal Elex and HifiMan Arya Stealth both have excellent build quality.

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How the Focal Elex and the HifiMan Arya Stealth compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Focal ElexHifiMan Arya Stealth
Focal ElexHifiMan Arya Stealth

GENERAL

Price
$749
$759
Brand
FocalHifiMan
Release Date
December 1, 2017November 1, 2018
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/1010/10
Phone Calls Score
4.4/105.1/10
Gaming Score
6.9/107.2/10
TV and Video Score
8.4/109.5/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.5/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/109/10
Comfort score
8/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
450 Grams408.2 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof Rating
00

Shopping

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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."

HifiMan Arya Stealth

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Headphonesty

Eric D Hieger | October 2022
"The Arya can easily be end-game headphones for 99% of consumers, satisfying most audio desires. Priced well above USD$1000, the Arya are obviously and gloriously not for the mass market consumer; they are designed and built by enthusiasts for enthusiasts – especially those who view their expenses on this level of gear as investments."

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About HifiMan

HiFiMAN is a Chinese, high-end, audio product manufacturer, with 20 years of experience, that specializes in amplifiers, digital audio players and planar magnetic headphones, some of which have become a staple in the audiophile community such as the entry-level Sundara, the midrange Edition X, and the very well-regarded, high-end, Arya.

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