Focal Elegia Closed-Back Headphone

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I have no clue how these flew under the radar but I had an ad pop-up advertising this new headphone. I haven't been able to find a ton of info on it but apparently it's already on sale: https://www.moon-audio.com/focal-elegia-headphones.html. I don't know what other shops are selling this but there are TONS of pictures here.
If this sounds like a closed-back version of the Clear (this is using the copper voice coil), I think I'll be in heaven. They also come with the Focal hard case and the pad design looks different compared to current offerings.
Color me excited.
EDIT: Just found measurements and I like what I see: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/focal-elegia-measurements.890447/
Focal finally updated their website too: https://www.focal.com/en/headphones-0/headphones/home/elegia
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TheRealMR
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Dec 20, 2020
Ya man, i have these. Bought them in NY at can-jam. They are incredible!
Manbear
236
Aug 12, 2020
Hopefully not a necropost, but I’m hoping that you can help with a Q as I recall you mentioning to me that you enjoyed Elegia a while back. I sold off everything I own and picked up a pair to be shipped tomorrow. I’m a bit concerned about the “lean” bass. Have you experienced this and found a solution? A particular pad swap? EQ? Mod? I’ve read a couple posts about Dekoni’s sheepskin helping, but real info is scant. Thx in advance!
jaydunndiddit
3222
Aug 12, 2020
Well, I tend to crave a bigger bass boost from every closed back so for me it's just a preference thing. They're lean next to my Cascades and X00, but not 6XX lean, for reference. If you've heard the Elex/Elear, the bass is a bit north of that. Luckily, the quality of the lows are quite good and clear. I just want more quantity stock, ha. Either way, with the Sheepskins from Dekoni, that helps bring up the lows without really bothering the rest of the FR akin to how they are on the Stellia. They also EQ well and they handle an extra +6/12 dB just fine through my tube buffer. Makes them quite fun and hit harder than you'd think, if that's your thing. I only do this if I'm listening to EDM or rap as otherwise the Elegia can lack that added grunt we like in those genres. Mind you, they still sound very good on those genres, I just always have that nagging feeling in the back of my mind like damn, I wish these would slap just a lil bit harder, ha. Only genres I want more on. I find them just right for rock, jazz, soul, pop, etc.
Manbear
236
Aug 13, 2020
Damn, thanks for the helpful info! All good to know. Some FR measurements (miniDSP DIYers) and various impressions posted online seem a little unreliable, so I appreciate info coming straight from a user with experience, a critical ear and similar tastes. I sold Elex chasing “end game.” After COVID hit I sold it all off to get an efficient, economical closed back. Elegia fits the bill. EQ is kind of a pain on Mac, so I’ll probably try a pad swap. Thanks again!
Markarsmith
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Feb 6, 2020
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Heefty
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Nov 28, 2018
Just got my Elegias from https://www.headphone.com/ and they deserve some love for this deal. I saw an email a day or two after I ordered them indicating an open box special for $150 off. I pinged them and asked if they would change the order for the open box since they hadn't shipped yet. To limit confusion and issues on their side, rather than trying to figure out how to change the order, they just gave me $100 off my brand new pair. Now that's customer service! Now I gotta express my love for Elegia. The best way I can describe them is that everything just sounds right. That's not a comment I'll make about closed cans often or lightly. These things are amazing! I was running through my typical test tracks and hit Billie Jean and then it hit me: I'm in love with these cans! Queuing up some Marvin Gaye and Barry White now! Time for an evening (afternoon) of audio romance. Only point of concern is that I'm hearing center just off to the left. Anyone else had this experience? Not sure if it's worth making a stink and dealing with the RMA process over...
Heefty
1374
Nov 29, 2018
This is true but having such similar serial numbers makes it seem less coincidental to me. They aren't assigned randomly. I've contacted headphone.com about the defective cans. Hopefully I'll be able to manage both this RMA and a cross-country move at the same time...
Boxster
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Jan 14, 2019
Had similar experience with headphones.com / headphone.com ; Really great customer service. Debating a pair of Elegia now to go with my Clears.
Heefty
1374
Nov 19, 2018
Anyone know of any black friday deals that I could leverage to get a set of these? I'll probably get a set anyway, but I'd like to save a couple bucks if I can.
jaydunndiddit
3222
Nov 19, 2018
Unless you can find a 2nd hand set, you may be SOL. They're still very new and I haven't seen the pricing drop whatsoever. I always use this site for tracking prices from online vendors so I would bookmark this site: https://camelcamelcamel.com/Focal-Audiophile-Circum-Aural-Closed-Back-Headphones/product/B07J5MDMTQ?context=search and/or setup a Google alert for Elegia and Price Drop.
Heefty
1374
Nov 19, 2018
I'll probably swing by my LSS on Friday and give them another listen first, then grab them. I think that's the most likely way I'll get any sort of black friday deal. Not necessarily expecting a 2nd hand set to be available yet. Just hoping there's something out there that someone knows that can keep me from having to leave my house on that awful day.
rdodev
628
Oct 17, 2018
@jaydunndiddit have you made your mind whether you'll keep it? Funny thing is now that I sent them back for replacement, keep finding myself trying to grab them off my desk -- so I guess that's a good sign :)
jaydunndiddit
3222
Oct 18, 2018
Oh, they're keepers. I was quite literally given chills (roughly 2:00 and 7:00 mark) when listening to Jill Scott hit her notes in a live rendition of one of my favorite songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZwBhkeQUQg
I don't take that lightly as that's a response that I've never experienced before. For me, there's no greater sign than that.


The only other headphone to elicits such a response for me were the Elex and the Atlas. To say the least, I am going through my inventory now and cleaning house as for once, I feel satisfied with everything I own and beyond some stupid expensive TOTL sets (Utopia, TH900 mkII, LCD-XC, etc.) that I am planning to pick up in the future. Now, just a matter of plunking down the coins for the iFi Pro iDSD and I think I'm going to be settled for a while. Unless Campfire or Focal drop something unexpected that I can't live without.
rdodev
628
Oct 18, 2018
Yeah, they're def keepers for me as well. Even with the slight driver imbalance they had such crispy and whispy tone to them that I just don't get from the NightOwl. So I feel they complement each other very nicely. All I need now is a good clean, balanced DAC to match with the THX AAA 789 (not super excited about the Grace balanced as it seems the balanced aspect was an after-thought). Otherwise much in the same situation of "set for now unless..." :)
rdodev
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Oct 13, 2018
rdodev
628
Oct 10, 2018
I forked $ yesterday on the Elegia on headphones.com (which also has them in stock). Truly excited about these cans. If I keep them they'll be the beginning of a long plateau for me in terms of headphones.
rdodev
628
Oct 10, 2018
Hoping they'll be here by the weekend (paid a bit extra for priority shipping). I sort of wrote off the CX (for now) given delivery dates. If the Elegia deliver sound in the way I'm hoping, I'll stop the free fall down the rabbit hole for a while. This is super hard on the wallet and I'm pretty sure our financial planner will flip out on our next appointment.
jaydunndiddit
3222
Oct 10, 2018
I just bought my financial planner additional Cello lessons and possibly her own instrument (renting one currently). To say the least, she is quite distracted from other monies I am spending hahah. Well, at least for the moment...
ludachris
314
Oct 10, 2018
Im glad I didn't pick up the focal elear because it would have the same color contrast as the focal elegia. I love the black stealthy look to my focal elex. Both focals will pop in my collection. =) very different in sound sig, color, drivers and closed/opened . The pics looks like plastic cups. lol I cant wait to see this in person.
ludachris
314
Oct 15, 2018
It also sounds good. A lot of good sounding headphones dont look great for expensive headphones.
RayF
21972
Oct 15, 2018
Okay, in that case, I think you made a wise decision!
Manbear
236
Oct 8, 2018
Dammit! More cans that I MUST buy. I felt exactly the same as you when I saw these pop up on Reddit. It’s great to have a closed option. I don’t care how big the cups and band, these will be an incredible portable option.
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