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Focal Spirit ONE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the build quality and value for money are generally positive. The reliability and design also get good reviews, whereas many are less positive about the comfort.

sound, design, reliability, value for money, build quality


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Focal Spirit ONE is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Focal Spirit ONE


alaTest has collected and analysed 4 user reviews of Focal Spirit ONE from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on

sound, portability, design, build quality, usability

75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Focal Spirit One - Closed Back Headphones

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Focal Spirit One


The $279 Focal Spirit One is affordable for a headphone designed and engineered in France (but actually made in China). The Spirit One's ear cups are somewhat larger than the Bowers & Wilkins P5 on-ear headphones ($299), but the size advantage pays...

The Focal Spirit One combines sleek styling and vivid sound quality in a relatively small circumaural, over-the-ear headphone design.

Comfort is good, but not great.

Focal may be new to the headphone market, but its Spirit One is an auspicious debut with the look, feel, and sound of a winner.

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Focal Spirit One Headphones Reviewed


Focal makes the company's first foray into the headphone space with the Spirit One headphones. Focal is a company that tends to occupy the high-end space, but is the Spirit One one of those products?

The Spirit One headphone from Focal is a good first step for the storied loudspeaker manufacturer, blending both build quality and looks with above-average sound ; The look of the Spirit One is more mature than that of, say, Beats by Dre, though it's...

The Spirit One's fit is snug, to say the least, something that can become tiresome after short periods of time ; In an attempt to loosen the Spirit One's grip on my skull, I took to flexing the band over and over, which revealed squeaks and creaks in...

I'm a huge Focal fan and have been for some time, so I was excited to get the opportunity to listen to the company's first-ever headphone design. At $279 retail, I was surprised that, for a brand so well known in the high-end space, that Focal's first...


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Focal Spirit One headphones review


The rush to sell you headphones pushes on unabated. The thinking seems to be: for the time being people are prepared to spend £200 on headphones, it won't last forever, so let's make some money. And when there's demand, you'd be crazy not to try to...

Sound glorious, bass when you need it, well-balanced, removable cable

Grip your head quite right, hard to adjust

Great sound, nicely balanced and, for the most part, comfortable to wear. The head clamp is extreme, but then with that comes some of the best noise isolation we've experienced with a pair of headphones.

EISA Award - Best Product

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European Mobile Headphone 2012-2013


Spirit One is Focal's first venture into the mobile headphones market, and it is a headset that comes in a luxurious package and includes a beautiful zip-up pouch for storing and protecting the product. These are closed-back type headphones with an...

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Focal Spirit One


First off, let us just say that these headphones ooze quality straight out of the box. The design is stunning and the build quality is excellent – far above what you'd expect for a pair of $299 headphones.

Luxurious; audiophile sound; good price for what you get

Smallish earcups; tight fit

Available in black or white, the award-winning, high-fidelity Focal Spirit One headphones are a real treat for your iOS devices. We would recommend trying them on before buying if you have adult male ears, however.

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Goondu review: Focal Spirit One


The market is strewn with many options now, but the Focal Spirit One is worth a listen because it rewards "on the go" users with better-than-average sounds that go against the market trend for imag...

The market is strewn with many options now, but I’d recommend giving the Spirit One a listen if you are looking for a good-sounding pair of ‘phones for your frequent train or plane rides.

Consumer review by:

"Best headphones I have owned in a long time"


I have had mine for several months(almost a year now actually), if you are breaking yours, clearly you are not taking proper care of your headphones. I use them every morning, and I have only ever had to replace the cord. I wouldn't recommend these to...

Good sound for my music taste, local music store has a great warranty for them, fits my ears really well. I am yet to get sweaty ears using them.

The leather backing can lead to a very sweaty neck if I am using my neck to carry them around. The cups can get in the way The plastic also peeled a little bit on one of the headphone cups, but it was left in the heat.

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"Not comfortable to wear, product borken within 4 months"


I will not recommend this product to other people. While it still working, it has some problem with higher pitch songs, it sounds really annoying and terrible. And it is very uncomfortable to wear that cause me headache,I couldn't wear it longer than...

Looks nice.

The sounds are not good.

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"I love mine! One of the best headphones ive ever tried!"


They were great, the time they worked.

In my opinion they felt and sounded great.

Not so mouch sub (Which sucks since i work with music that has alot of sub)

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"Arrived broken and smelled like burnt leather"


Overall I wouldn't recommend these headphones to anyone. Yes I understand I got a defective pair but search online and I wasnt the only one which leads me to believe that this is a known problem but Focal thinks it can live off its name because they...

From what I was able to hear there was zero about the cans that deserved praise

The feel was cheap

Product Specifications


Display: No
Integrated Amplifier: No
LCD Display: No
Mute Control: No
Sound System:STEREO
Switchbox from Telephone to Headset: No
Volume Control: Yes


Bluetooth: No
Connection:3.5 mm Plug / ONE 3.5 mm Plug

General Features

Form factor:Headband Headset
Product Type:Headband Headset
Type:Headband Headset