Massdrop x Focal Elex Headphones
Massdrop x Focal Elex Headphones
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Made with Focal’s brilliant engineering and extraordinary attention to detail, the Elex headphones take a fundamentally different approach to dynamic drivers—and deliver a better measured performance across the board than headphones several times their price. A refinement of the $1,000 Elear with elements of the $1,500 Clear, they boast several improvements to the sound, build, and aesthetic, too ... Read More

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marts_sum
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May 18, 2019
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Anyone know any speakers with a similar signature/tonal balance to the Elex?
May 18, 2019
NuBayer2
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May 12, 2019
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lcd2c
May 12, 2019
NuBayer2
36
May 17, 2019
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When did I write this
May 17, 2019
burton773
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May 9, 2019
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How do these compare to the Hifiman Ananda?
May 9, 2019
Tasunke
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May 7, 2019
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Not worth the price currently. Elear are 480$ on amazon.com Drop pricing is all over the place with the rebranding...
May 7, 2019
jaydunndiddit
2090
May 19, 2019
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Well, the Elex does come with the Clear style cables, one of which is balanced and the Clear style fenestrated pads which retail for $200, easy. Just for pads alone, that's out you at $680 for the Elear and you still wouldn't have the new style balanced cable. The Elex also has the same fenestrated headband as the Clear and the Elear is the old style (not fenestrated). So all things considered, these are still priced well and competitive when you take in the adjustments made despite the base price of the Elear falling.
May 19, 2019
casualsuede
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May 7, 2019
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it better be more like the Clear, than the Elear, cause the latter is $488 on Amazon.com.
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May 7, 2019
Sterbai
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May 20, 2019
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Your going off what one guy said and telling people not to make assumptions. Not sure how that gives you more of an idea about this product than the other guy.
May 20, 2019
zep483
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May 20, 2019
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what gave you the impression that I have "no idea"... i have a clear idea and it is what I stated above... just to add clarity to situation... the elex is the elear with all black pain job/massdrop grill and clear pads (but black in color)... you also get the clear style cables... and a balanced one as well (but with black detailing instead of grey... just like the earpad difference...)...
May 20, 2019
BudMovin
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May 2, 2019
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Anyone else getting some rattle in one of the sides with deep bass? I'll probably try to get them fixed once I figure out how to. Anyhow, this is the best sounding headphone that I've ever heard and I suspect once I get this fixed I'm done climbing up the Hi-Fi ladder.
May 2, 2019
semtexxl
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May 3, 2019
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Yeah it is a known problem with different tolerances with each pair. I had problems with right driver rattling way too soon. There is no other way to un-do it just ask for replacement. New pair is much better in this regard.....
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May 3, 2019
troutmouth
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Apr 28, 2019
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Is the cable as bad as all the reviews say? Is it a deal breaker or should I buy these?
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Apr 28, 2019
Z0d1Ac
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May 1, 2019
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The cable I have is really good, as long as it does not break. Don't know where all the hate is coming from.
May 1, 2019
BudMovin
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May 2, 2019
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The cable is great. Yeah it's a little stiff and would be a pain if I was using this as a portable headphone....Which these are clearly not.
May 2, 2019
MLaff
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Apr 27, 2019
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I just bought the Focal Elex and have an issue. I like my music loud but when I turn it up I get a crackle in the bass. The lower the note the more it crackles. Is this normal?
Apr 27, 2019
NuBayer2
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May 17, 2019
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Not normal. I’ve pushed Elears to their limit and the bass doesn’t crackle. Time to contact Massdrop customer support. You might need 2 or 3 more tries before you get a solid one
May 17, 2019
MLaff
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May 17, 2019
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I ended up returning them but thanks for the advice
May 17, 2019
nathanau
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Apr 27, 2019
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Should i get these over the hd800?
Apr 27, 2019
loadexfa
177
May 12, 2019
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They're very different, I have both and prefer each of them depending on my mood. The other reply is correct about the treble on the HD800, I applied the SDR mod and use a tube amp and it is no longer an issue for me. The Elex is more energetic and has better slam, especially in the bass. The HD800 is very detailed and open. I usually prefer the HD800 for classical and jazz, while preferring the Elex for metal, pop, and rock. With the Schiit Loki, I think the HD800 is good on every genre. Sometimes I still want the more energetic Elex though. Sometimes I don't. ;) Please keep in mind everyone's ears/taste is different, you may hate what I like and vice versa.
May 12, 2019
rastus
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May 16, 2019
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Different cans; for the general large body of work(s) the Elex will play better/nicer, than the more analytical 800's.
May 16, 2019
marts_sum
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Apr 26, 2019
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This is the first headphone I have actually preferred to my Klipsch RB81 II speakers. I'd far rather have these than the HD800/S which were way more limited in terms of genre's I liked them for. These are good for everything.
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Apr 26, 2019
Panasonicst61
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Apr 25, 2019
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Anyone know of a carrying case for these elex that fit the wire attached to the headphones? I hate having to remove the wire every time as it can wear out.
Apr 25, 2019
helixdzn
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Apr 24, 2019
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There's elears on amazon for $500, is this worth an extra $200?
Apr 24, 2019
helixdzn
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Apr 30, 2019
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Well then
Apr 30, 2019
Kad998
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Apr 30, 2019
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Yeah man! Hurt my soul! Lol
Apr 30, 2019
NathanielKiger
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Apr 24, 2019
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Coming tomorrow. So excited!! What can I expect people? :D
Apr 24, 2019
deathlyHallows
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Apr 23, 2019
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I really enjoyed the Elex sound signature, but couldn't bear the weight. (HD650, HD700 are just about the right weight for me.) Any suggestions for alternatives that have the Elex sound signature but weigh less? Thanks so much!
Apr 23, 2019
Sorbus
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Apr 15, 2019
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Any chance of getting EU version of this drop?
Apr 15, 2019
Raths
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Apr 21, 2019
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What ive also been waiting for, want to pair these focals with the 789
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Apr 21, 2019
marts_sum
231
Apr 14, 2019
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Can't listen to my HD6xx anymore after getting these.
Apr 14, 2019
DJAT
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Apr 19, 2019
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Nor can I. True that!
Apr 19, 2019
shadowkiller89
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Apr 11, 2019
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Does anyone have experience buying the elex in canada? It says free ca shipping does anyone know if they use ups dhl or usps will i have to pay fees at the door?
Apr 11, 2019
Wampa101
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Apr 16, 2019
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Free shipping but you’ll get dinged with customs fees. I think it was just under $100 Cdn but I don’t Remember. Annoying for sure.
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Apr 16, 2019
herbbug
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Apr 11, 2019
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Delivered on Jan 24, 2019 - Have been loving it till today 04/10/19 suddenly the left side stopped working, it's the cable that died. I have ordered a replacement cable https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LYS3MM8/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 per another comment here. It is honestly very disappointing that the cable failed so soon, you would expect better from a $700 item. I have only been using the headphones indoors and they have not seen a lick of abuse.
Apr 11, 2019
DbCoper
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May 13, 2019
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My cable just died lol. Seems like there might be a break on the wire near the headphone jack.
May 13, 2019
playdifferent
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May 15, 2019
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seems super common
May 15, 2019
SaskAudioGuy
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Apr 9, 2019
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So these are better than a $200.... Oops, $220 pair of HD6XX? Are they worth the extra five hun... four hundred and eighty dollhairs better? /snarky How do these compare to the HD6XX on a pure transistor sound system? I may get a tube amp, along the way, but for now it's not an option for me.
Apr 9, 2019
SaskAudioGuy
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Apr 13, 2019
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I have to laugh, after our conversation Massdrop sends an email blast about open back vs closed back and they use the 99s vs the HD6XXs... I'm still bitter about the price.
Apr 13, 2019
achelgeson
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May 6, 2019
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Hi, I know your comment is a month old, but I wanted to reply since you are a long time user of the HD 600. My main headphone is the HD 600, so I wanted to ask if you prefer the Elex to it? My main concern is some people complain about a metallic character to the treble, do you hear that as well?
May 6, 2019
Justaway
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Apr 9, 2019
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The driver looks really cheap compared to the 7XX and 6XX. It looks like a really cheap speaker tweeter. The measurements look good though.
Apr 9, 2019
DenonFanboy
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Apr 9, 2019
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Driver is made of aluminum/magnesium + has an actual rubber surround vs what the others are the others u mentioned, if u were to compared them to actual woofer speakers the elex is the closest to actually be one.
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Apr 9, 2019
Tasunke
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May 7, 2019
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Must be blind or trolling...
May 7, 2019
nobi_one
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Apr 8, 2019
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If you can only have one, Elex (this) or the Mr Speakers Ether CX Closed? Taking into account Open Vs Closed aside... thanks!
Apr 8, 2019
nobi_one
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Apr 23, 2019
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Was just wondering if Planars would be a good change of sound signature, not sure if they are any better than them Dynamic drivers. Perhaps i just need to test listen to make the call. But thank you for the kind advice!
Apr 23, 2019
loadexfa
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Apr 24, 2019
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You're welcome! I like all variations (dynamic, planars, and stats). They each have their strengths and weaknesses, what I use is often dependent on my mood. I wouldn't call any of them better or worse.
Apr 24, 2019
StopItGetSomeHelp
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Apr 3, 2019
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they are made in the EU ship em to the EU! ok i understand there may still be implications but still pretty salty
Apr 3, 2019
adeadcrab
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Apr 2, 2019
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14 hours left.. hope they come back :( I would've cancelled my ESP 95/X if I knew the drop was going to be extended by 10 days while the Elex were ending soon. Edit: I see many drops are also ending in 14 hours, fingers crossed..
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Apr 2, 2019
Fai9al023
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Apr 2, 2019
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Don't worry, this is an in-stock drop. It will just repeat the timer when it ends. It has been in stock for a couple of months now.
Apr 2, 2019
noctambulisme
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Mar 27, 2019
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Hi, I received my Elex a few days ago, I must have done arround 15 hours of listening on them but I'm not used to the sound much yet. I like them and think that they are technically superbe but don't have a wow effect. I think I will give it more time to burn-in (mental and physical). But I find them too fatuiguing for now. I feel like the fatigue come also maybe from the clamping: they put a little too much pressure on my head. I can't find a very good setting, it result on jaw pressure or sculp pressure; But when I realase a little the pressure with holding a little the Elex with my hand, I find a soundstage that I prefer and the comfort is good. For quite large (not very large) heads/jaws who had the same issue, did it work it out quite fast? Do the Elex clamp, "unclamp" and worns out? Do you have mod for headbands (recomandation for a wool one?) or alternative headpads that you reccomend for keeping the same quality with less fatigue. Will update this post aniway with 15 more hours on the ears.
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Mar 27, 2019
noctambulisme
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Apr 2, 2019
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They are mostly good for that, fairly big and not too hot. Just the placement may be strange as they leave a lot of room and you can place your ears in front or back: If you put the headphone more on the back, the your ear canal is quite well placed but at the same time almost too close to the driver and the back of your ears may touch the metal part, but if you put it front and your canal is back the sound is a bit less fatiguing but the imaging is soso. It's not a big deal at all because naturally when you put it, it's on the middle of this setting. Again, this is maybe caused of my rather large head or my sensibility to comfort, I wait a wool headband soon to see if the added comfort plus the flexibility of the headband change things.
Apr 2, 2019
Skylake
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Apr 2, 2019
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Apr 2, 2019
Paullieb213
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Mar 27, 2019
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If i had to describe the elex in one sentence i would say the following.. They sound like klipschorns done correctly.
Mar 27, 2019
marts_sum
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Mar 27, 2019
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I love my klipsch rb81 II's, such a lively sound. Elex are a definitely not *that* lively.
Mar 27, 2019
Paullieb213
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Mar 27, 2019
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My elex are very lively on my gear. Back in the 80's i owned a pair of klipschorns. They were 175lb per speaker beasts. They were in your face and very efficient like the elex. They lacked base detail but could rock and rumble your house. They also were very smooth but were somewhat metallic sounding. They cost about 12 grand per pair today. They are the definition of classic speakers. I just sold my pair for about 4 grand. See pic of buyer receiving the shipment.
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Mar 27, 2019
echerk
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Mar 27, 2019
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I see that the Elear are being sold on Amazon for $550. Isn't it a better deal than the Elex?
Mar 27, 2019
texindus
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Mar 27, 2019
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Part of the value is here is the Elex uses Clear pads (kinda) and includes a standard 1.25 cable and a balanced XLR cable (flimsy but nice to have), which can be worth more than the $150 difference. A lot of folks say the Elex is about the same as the Elear with Clear pads on (don't own Elears to attest). If you can do without or will swap pads anyway then the Elear should be fine enough. Value of Elear going down is due to Elex being a kind of redundant offering.
Mar 27, 2019
funbobby
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Mar 26, 2019
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Are these worth 3.5 times the cost of the HD6xx? Do you get musicality and sound quality that justify over triple the cost?
Mar 26, 2019
marts_sum
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Mar 27, 2019
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That's not how high end audio works. You're paying for that last 20%. It's absolutely a lot better than the HD6XX but it still depends on your preference. If you really like the lush warm sound of the HD6XX and want that exact sound then this isn't it.
Mar 27, 2019
Usehername
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Apr 11, 2019
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I bought the Elear bundle offered on headphones.com I was worried because they were quite fatiguing at first. I was feeling depressed that I couldn't even enjoy them after spending $630. They have smoothed out after about 3 weeks of listening and occasional burning in sessions. I imagine that the Elex's would be similar. My Elears are now preferred over my HD6xx's. I'll keep my HD6xx's because they also provide listening enjoyment but the Elears are now my preferred.
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Apr 11, 2019
echerk
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Mar 25, 2019
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So I decided to get these. Now I also need an amp/dac combo - what do you guys recommend to pair these with (at a budget of up to $300) ? Thanks!
Mar 25, 2019
rastus
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Mar 31, 2019
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As a combo DAC/tube buffer/amp, I would go slightly over budget with the MD CTH w/SDAC, and save for a nice nos tube: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-cth-sdac-dac-amp/talk Or... more $, the Audio-gd R-2R 11
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Mar 31, 2019
Kad998
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Apr 30, 2019
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Did you end up finding anything?
Apr 30, 2019
Usehername
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Mar 18, 2019
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I bought the Elear bundle from headphones.com I'll receive then on Wednesday. I'm experiencing buyers remorse before I even have them. I'm new to the hobby so I'm not very knowledgeable about the differences. It mostly matters how it sounds to me and not as much the measurement numbers. I could purchase the Elears. I like the blacked out look better. I would have to sell the Elears. I'm not sure about that idea. I got them for $630 with extra Clear pads, a Clear case, and a free headphone stand. I understand that the Elex's offered on Massdrop have had damping tweaked and they added the Clear headband to them. Would it be worth it for me to get the Elex's and sell off the Elears? I hate to think that I'm settling by keeping the Elears. I love my HD6xx's. What do they mean when they say the Elears sound "thick"?
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Mar 18, 2019
Usehername
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Mar 27, 2019
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I also want to plug Massdrop for their excellent service in taking care of and responding to this customer.   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mar 27, 2019
TheGrey
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Mar 27, 2019
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....I was talking about the guys from headphones.com hahaha I didn't contact anybody from Massdrop but I'm sure they're awesome too ;-) I'm at 4-5 hours only but I hope tommorow to be at 10 to have a better opinion. So far, I'm already just.... WOW but... I don't want to get to excited cause I know it'll get better with time so...need to relax and take a deep breath and start again tommorow hehe I'll try to switch to Utopia pads at maybe 25-30 hours of burn-in....minimum Cheers
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Mar 27, 2019
TheGrey
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Mar 17, 2019
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Hey guys, I really need your help to find good aftermarket cables cause I plan to use my Chord Mojo with these cans!! Tks :-)
Mar 17, 2019
Lincnabby
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Mar 20, 2019
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FYI- the Massdrop version of the Elex comes with a 6 foot unbalanced cable with 1/4 inch plug and a 6 foot balanced with XLR. The 4 meter cables are only with non Massdrop Focal products.
Mar 20, 2019
TheGrey
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Mar 20, 2019
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Yeah I know but I finally bought the deal with the Elear....but thanks anyway 😉
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Mar 20, 2019
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