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Massdrop x Focal Elex Headphones
$700

Massdrop x Focal Elex Headphones

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JaleesaG
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kaud
65
Sep 14, 2021
How do these compare to Focal Elegia? Different enough to justify having both?
FrostyBud
16
Sep 20, 2021
I have the Elear, Clear, and Elegia (recently sold). If this is anything like the Elear, then no. Aside from the open sensation you get the open backs, I thought the two were very close in sound profile. If you have the Elegia, then I'd say either save up and try to grab a close out OG Clear on sale somewhere, a used Clear, or the new Clear. Otherwise, consider adding a reasonably priced Tube amp to your system (if you do not have already); I really like my Dark Voice with upgraded tubes. I find the Focals to really benefit from the added warmth of a tube amp. The solid state amps I have (THX 789, Hugo 2) just do not seem to bring out their best. But that is just me. All this in my humble opinion of course. Cheers.
WhoDisDaBoi
0
Sep 11, 2021
Rip europe.
jackbkmp
76
Aug 19, 2021
So i've had my second pair for a year and a half now (First headphone had the dreaded defective left driver), and ive been happy with this set of Focal Elex so far. These are excellent headphones after they're broken in. I am now noticing in the low frequencies of certain songs (ie: the intro portion to Leprous - At the bottom) there is a slight ringing in only the left side driver. Now this comes and goes, and whats weird is when I flip the headphones upside down and give the headphone a light shake then play the same song the ringing can go away and back to normal. Im hoping I can solve this problem before it gets worse? Is there any resources available, or does anybody have any clue as to what it could be? I have access to a solder station at work and would be moderately comfortable attempting to fix/re-solder loose connections in these headphones.
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jackbkmp
76
Sep 13, 2021
Its started past my warranty-period dumbass. Really contributing to the conversation.
zymphad
0
Sep 27, 2021
ROFL even better. Satisfied with a headphone that has left driver issues AFTER warranty period, so screwed. ROFL. Focal must be overjoyed to have a customer like you. I can't wait until your Elex headband snaps randomnly while putting it on normal, without ever stretching or abusing it. Apparently that's a problem from Elex all they way up to Utopia. I don't have a single headphone since I first started with decent headphones AD900 in 2006, have a driver failure. Not one. SRH840, AD900, AD900x, HD650, HD58x, A990Z, K550, K712, Aeon Closed, Denon D2000, Sony MA900, etc, headphones I've abused etc, none of them have had driver issues. Absolutely floored anyone could be happy with TWO Elex headphones with left driver issues. ROFL.
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Paullieb213
104
Jul 25, 2021
Wow! Count me totally wrong about the Rebel amp being perfect for the Elex because it's pure class A. I took the bait and purchased it last week. Major problem with this amp is it sounds (to my ears) harsh in the treble and somewhat coarse. It also has this sort of fake detail to it and does not sound as natural as my thx amps. So far very dissapointed. On the positive side it is very well build and feels like the Alps potentiometer will last forever without the slightest hint of scratchy noise. It does have a large soundstage and great imaging. But that coarseness ruined the whole experience for me. Btw I'm now trying it with my 6xx and intial impressions are that it is pretty good using high gain and being somewhat dull and muted on lower gain settings. I'm not hearing any coarseness with 6xx. My dac sounds great on 5 different amps that i own. Could be my dac doesnt like class A? Update... Ok this amp needed break-in bigtime! I can now say after 30 hrs of use that it is worth every penny. Very crisp and clean. The edginess is gone. Makes the thx amps sound very narrow and closed in comparison. Im sure there will be further improvements as break-in continues.
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Paullieb213
104
Sep 12, 2021
CTH was total garbage for me. Noisy pot after 5 months and same problem after replacement. Tube rolling with gold lion did help with sound quality but Thx much cleaner. Cth not listenable anymore. I respectfully disagree with you on break in of Rebel. Huge difference in smoothness over time. I even did a test where i did not listen for a few weeks so that my ears would reset. When i went back to the Rebel sound was still as smooth. Brake in not required with thx so i agree with you there. Another buyer on a different site had the same experience. Btw the monoprice version of thx superior in sound to drop at $ 50 cheaper. Basically a fuller sound with more dynamics. Plus a 3 yr warranty. However both monoprice and drop thx have lousy pots. The Rebel pot is fantastic as well as the total build quality.
Paullieb213
104
Sep 12, 2021
Here is what i originally said on another site....... I absolutely agree that burn in is required. I also found it a bit harsh with focal elex when first using this amp. However it really smooths out over time. I know many of you think its my ears playing tricks. However i have my own tests that i believe can counter that theory. The test was to stay away from the amp and elex combo for 1 week. I instead listened to my drop 6xx paired with my thx 789 all week long. The sound with this setup was the polar opposite of the Rebel Elex combo. Extremely smooth but boring and lacking in dynamics. Hence i believe this one week departure deprogramed my ears. When i went back to the Rebel combo the sound was still extremely smooth and dynamic.
Asrei
121
Jul 4, 2021
If anyone is looking to buy a a high end cable I will be selling my Blue Dragon for around $270. I do not recommend these cables for anyone on a lower end build. They definitely make a difference in the overall clarity and sound stage the headphone produces (which is why I decided to upgrade to Silver Dragons.) If you have a D90/A90 or similar combo I highly recommend getting high quality cables for them as you WILL hear the difference. I just recently put Silver Dragon interconnects on my D90SE/A90 combo it completely changed the sonic profile of the sound coming from the amp. Both my Hifiman Arya and Focal Elex benefited greatly from this. Even on lower volumes the Elex has opened up considerably more, the Elex rumbles even on lower volumes adding another layer of immersion to the experience
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Asrei
121
Aug 12, 2021
No I mentioned I upgraded to the Silver cable. The Arya I also own that uses this same cable and also comes with a similar OFC copper cable. Since I have the original cables and the silver cable there’s no reason to have 3 cables like this laying around the house.
jaxtrauma
1782
Aug 12, 2021
Got ya, thanks.
agincourt
5
Jul 3, 2021
Are these $700 or $600 like some of the discussions and comments say?
They were 600$ in the prime week sale, last week Edit: If you don't mind refurbished products you can get them for 550$ here: https://drop.com/buy/massdrop-x-focal-elex-headphones-refurb
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johnpaulgeorge
1
Jul 15, 2021
$600 now
Bykovovich
151
Jun 29, 2021
I passed on these because of the ear pads being hard to get and the vocal minority with their driver failures. Grabbed the clear for $990. My mom ended up loving them so much that I ended up ordering her an Elex. Guess I’ll see about that failure rate.
Bykovovich
151
Aug 14, 2021
The pads truly do wear down quickly. Also, I am constantly nervous about these just going out. I do love them though. I can’t wait to get my Arya to compare.
jaxtrauma
1782
Aug 14, 2021
I don't think you have to worry. Here's hoping the Elex can leave it's problems behind ;-)
voo.hoo
70
Jun 22, 2021
When did the price drop to $600? This should make things interesting...however, it still feels like a gamble with the driver failures. EDIT: Price drop is part of the Prime Week sales
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lok777
48
Jun 20, 2021
They are still selling this headphone with a the known drivers failures and crappy quality control? You gotta be a moron to buy these.
GfromSLC
37
Jul 14, 2021
Tru, guilty as charged. I try to review everything i buy on massdrop but in all other places in life its easier to get the motivation to speak up when my fist is in the drywall rather than when relaxing with a product that preforms as expected.
compred
1
Aug 7, 2021
Uh Oluv's gadgets got 5 of these and 4 of them eventually broke. I don't think its the vocal minority. If it was only 5%, I would have gotten one by now.
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