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Focal Listen

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews of Focal Listen. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and design. The durability and comfort are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the portability. Some have doubts about the bass quality.

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 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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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.

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: (techaeris.com)

Focal Listen review: Sound that is well engineered

 

Once you start listening to music on the Focal Listen headphones, you'll notice the sound is extremely well balanced.

Amazing sound, superb comfort, beautiful design

Could use just a little bit more bass

You’ll love the Listen headphones by Focal, whether you’re on the move or just sitting at home. Great sound, comfort, and style. If you’ve never heard of Focal, you owe it to yourself to check them out — your ears will thank you.

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Lewis Leong (techradar.com)

Focal Listen Wireless review

 

Stellar-sounding but basic wireless headphones

Balanced, audiophile sound ; Good noise isolation ; 20-hour battery life

No multipoint Bluetooth or ANC ; Disappointing value ; Fingerprint and dust magnet

The Focal Listen Wireless offer phenomenal sound but little else. Without multipoint Bluetooth, active noise cancellation or auto play/pause these headphones feel antiquated when compared to the competition.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: (techradar.com)

Focal Listen review

 

Some of the best high-end headphones that don't destroy the bank

The Focal Listen ticks all the right boxes, offering excellent sound and build quality at a mostly affordable price.

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Focal Listen review

 

Focal's produced a pleasing pair of portable headphones...

Solid build ; Rich bass ; Smooth treble ; Good amount of detail

Need more punch and aggression ; Not as comfortable as other headphones

A pair of headphones that can go loud with a rich and insightful sound

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com.au)

Focal Listen headphone review: Audiophile sound for an affordable price

 

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

Consumer review by: Hippo68 (richersounds.com)

In a word.............. Absolutely stunning!

 

I bought these purely 'sight-unseen' with no access to an audition(!!) simply because they are 'Focal'. I wanted something 'different' and more importantly 'to stand out from the crowd' as all I ever see are 'Beats' and 'Sony' donning heads! They ARE a...

build & construction , design & manufacture , sound reproduction , sound quality , smartphone compatibility , comfort , something 'different'

absolutely nothing at all

Jul, 2017