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Focal Listen

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews of Focal Listen. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Views about the price and design are generally positive. The durability and comfort also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the bass quality, and there are some mixed reviews about the portability.

sound, comfort, durability, design, price

bass quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Focal Listen is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Theo Nicolakis (techhive.com)

Focal Listen Wireless review

 

Focal's Listen Wireless offers outstanding Bluetooth wireless range and hands-free performance, but be sure to plug them in for the best sound.

Focal Listen Wireless ; Very good passive noise isolation ; Foldable, portable design

Buttons aren't optimally designed for no-look use ; Wireless audio performance isn't as refined as wired ; All-plastic design

I tested the Focal Listen Wireless with an iPhone 7 along with the Sony Walkman NWZ-A17 and high-res audio players. The latter two players are aptX-compatible and confirmed their aptX connection when paired. Source material included some AAC-encoded...

Sep, 2017

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by: Ted Kritsonis (digitaltrends.com)

Focal Listen Wireless review

 

Focal's Listen Wireless headphones cut the cord but kept the amazing performance.

Clear and balanced sound ; Very comfy to wear ; Good noise isolation ; Killer battery life

We could’ve used a little more bass ; No multipoint Bluetooth

Like its predecessor, the Focal Listen is aimed at listeners who want balance to accommodate their varied tastes in music. Those seeking to exclusively indulge in hip hop or electronica would be better off looking elsewhere. For that reason, these...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Focal Listen Wireless

 

The Focal Listen Wireless headphones delivers a beautifully balanced frequency response in an easy-to-operate design.

Balanced, rich, crisp sound signature. Comfortable earpads. Includes cable for passive listening.

Cable lacks inline remote control. Not for those seeking huge bass response.

If you're looking for huge bass or completely flat response, the Focal Listen Wireless headphones satisfy neither criteria. Instead, they will appeal to listeners who want something closer to flat response, but are happy to receive some extra richness...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Focal Listen Wireless review

 

You may not have heard of French audio company Focal , but among audiophiles its speakers and headphones stand in high regard. The Listen Wireless is the company's first crack at a full-size premium Bluetooth headphone.

The Focal Listen Wireless has a sturdy design, fits comfortably and snugly, and sounds excellent for a Bluetooth headphone. It folds up to fit in an included neoprene case and comes with a cable for wired listening. It also works well for making calls.

The sound is a tad bright, which can make some music sound harsh. Heavier than some competing models. Lacks active noise cancellation.

Focal's Listen Wireless is well-built Bluetooth headphone with rich, refined sound imbued with a lot of presence -- perhaps too much for some people.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Focal Listen review

 

You may not have heard of French company Focal, but it makes some very good-sounding headphones. The latest case in point is its new Listen closed-back over-ear headphone, which retails for $249. No word yet on an international launch, but that price...

The Focal Listen has a sturdy design and a comfortable and snug fit, and it sounds excellent for the price. Detachable cable includes an integrated one-button remote. The headphone folds up to fit in an included neoprene case.

Headphone is a tad heavy, may fit a little too snugly for some folks, and may not have enough bass for some listeners.

French company Focal's closed-back, over-ear headphone is designed for mobile use and delivers excellent sound for $250.

Aug, 2016

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by: Ted Kritsonis (digitaltrends.com)

Focal Listen review

 

The Focal Listen are audiophile cans made for everyone.

Excellent balanced audio ; Good bass, without pushing too far ; Great comfort around ears ; Easy to pack along

A little bulky and weighted ; Inline controls lack volume button

The lack of boosted bass in the Focal Listen is actually addition by subtraction. Some listeners will probably feel the lows don’t pulsate enough, whereas others, especially audiophiles, will feel the balance is more in tune with what the artists...

Aug, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Focal Listen

 

The Focal Listen is a no-frills pair of over-the-ear headphones with an accurate, balanced sound signature sure to delight audiophiles

Balanced, accurate audio performance with rich bass and clear highs. Removable cable with inline remote. Comfortable.

Remote can't control volume. Not for those seeking booming bass response.

Jun, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Focal Listen

 

The Focal Listen is a no-frills pair of over-the-ear headphones with an accurate, balanced sound signature sure to delight audiophiles

Balanced, accurate audio performance with rich bass and clear highs. Removable cable with inline remote. Comfortable.

Remote can't control volume. Not for those seeking booming bass response.

Once you're willing to spend more than $200, there are plenty of excellent headphone options. We are also big fans of the Blue Lola in this price range, and the more expensive Master & Dynamic MH40. If you are looking for a little more bass in your...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Alex Hernandez (techaeris.com)

Focal Listen Wireless review: Focal brings wireless to their already excellent Listen headphones

 

Focal products have been featured here before and have won awards. Can the Focal Listen Wireless measure up to our scrutiny again?

Nice build quality ; Very comfortable ; Extraordinary sound ; Great battery life

Bass lovers may not enjoy these

The Focal Listen Wireless stand up to some of the best wireless headphones in this price point and arguably some priced higher. Focal continually impresses us with their sound and build quality and their comfort is pretty amazing as well. If you’re...

Sep, 2017

Expert review by: Pete Hernandez (techaeris.com)

Focal Listen review: Sound that is well engineered

 

Focal is known for some really pricey high-end headphones, but now they have a pair which are much more attainable, the Focal Listen.

Amazing sound, superb comfort, beautiful design.

Could use just a little bit more bass.

The Focal Listen headphones offer excellent sound quality, amazing comfort and beautiful design, all in a portable package that is made for those on the move. But you’ll love them even if you’re sitting still!

Dec, 2016
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Product Specifications

Design

Color of product:Black

Ergonomics

Foldable:Y

Headphones

Driver type:Mylar
Ear coupling:Circumaural
Headphone frequency:15 - 22000
Headphone sensitivity:122
Impedance:32
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):0.4
Wearing style:Head-band

Packaging Data

Cables included:USB
Carrying case:Y

Ports & interfaces

1/4" connector:N
1/8" connector:Y
2/32" connector:N
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.1
Connectivity Technology:Wired/Wireless
Wireless range:590.6

Power

Battery life (max):20

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:10.6