Focal Sphear Review - Experience The Spirit Of Music In A Small Package
|Focal Sphear review|
Note: This works for both PC, Android and iOS devices
Focal Sphere Specs
Unboxing / Accessories
|The packaging of Focal Sphear|
|The set of inclusions inside|
Build Quality / Design
The Sphear doesn't look like your ordinary in ear monitors as it is a especially designed one. In terms of materials used, it did a fair job by combining a solid stainless steel, rubberized plastic, glossy plastic, and gold plated 3.5 mm jack.
|The control button and y-splitter|
Single press for stop and play, double press for next song, triple press to back
|The omnidirectional microphone on the left side|
A great type of clear microphone for calls that can hear even from a foot afar.
|The 3.5 mm gold plated slanted L-jack|
It looks stylish and elegant at the same time.
Comfort / Isolation
Comfort level on this set feels great. Shallow insertion gave me the best fit, but even if you use a smaller tip for deeper insertion is still fairly comfortable. We'd like to laud Focal for providing high quality silicon or foam tips that doesn't irritate the skin in my ears even if there's sweat after long hours of use. The rounded smooth plastic shell also did the trick. It provided no sharp edges to ensure a great comfort.
As long as you chose the right pair of tips, the comfort level on this set is right up with the best out there regardless of price.It can be worn either straight down or over-ear depending on your preference. In my case, I just like wearing everything over-ear as it feels more secure in the ears and avoid microphonics. Speaking of microphononics, it is also worth noting that this set has minimal cable noise even if you're walking swiftly.
Isolation-wise, most might think that this set might not be able to provide great level of blocking noise due to its shallow insertion. Fortunately, I can attest that it did a fair job in blocking outside noise. It's actually impressive enough for this type of design. It can make the person talking next to you not hearable at all, but can still make you alert enough to hear loud noises such as horns and shouts.
Then as usual, we always recommend anyone to remove any headphones that isolates when walking in the streets for safety purposes.
Sound QualityAll the positive traits on its build, design, comfort, and isolation is useless if this set won't sound great. The good news is, the Focal Sphear isn't designed to disappoint. As a matter of fact, it reminds me of a better sounding Spirit One, so this set is made to impress.
As a result, I'm impressed with the way the Focal Sphear presented itself to cater every music loving individual.It presented a well balanced neutral sound signature with a slight tough of warmth that ranks among the nicest blend of tunes I've heard for the price.
The lows isn't overpowering, but pretty rich, and has great realism. While it cannot go super extended compared with "bass enhanced" sets, this is just the right amount of bass that suits my listening preference. We love its level of control, segregation of bass regions, speed, and tightness. Sub-bass is also present when needed.
It's strongest point is probably the mids. It's a master of clarity that makes vocals have like and articulate reference grade presentation. The level of clarity is amazing, it's silky smooth, details are well pronounced, musically tuned, and has proper mature refined sound.
On the other hand, highs is crisp, has proper extension and well separated too. In some tracks, there are times you'll hear proper sparkle, but there are time where hiss is prominent.
It also has big open soundstage, proper separation of tunes and vocals.
Another thing that we liked with the Sphear is its drive-ability. It isn't source picky, can shine even with your favorite Huawei / Samsung / iPhone and almost any other player that anyone intends to use.
Even slightly tuned to adapt nicely to the bassy crowd, it is still great set to let anyone experience and be educated on what a properly tuned audiophile sound is.
Plus, it is not all about the speaker quality. The onmidirectional microphone is one of the clearest around and has clever button controls for ease of use.