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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Markarsmith
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Feb 6, 2020
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80% Off Sale Sennheiser HD 579 Open Back Headphone on https://onbestreviews.com/best-open-back-headphones-under-200/

Feb 6, 2020
Heefty
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Nov 28, 2018
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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...
Nov 28, 2018
Heefty
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Nov 29, 2018
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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...
Nov 29, 2018
Boxster
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Jan 14, 2019
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Had similar experience with headphones.com / headphone.com ; Really great customer service. Debating a pair of Elegia now to go with my Clears.
Jan 14, 2019
Heefty
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Nov 19, 2018
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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.
Nov 19, 2018
jaydunndiddit
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Nov 19, 2018
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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.
Nov 19, 2018
Heefty
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Nov 19, 2018
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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.
Nov 19, 2018
rdodev
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Oct 17, 2018
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@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 :)
Oct 17, 2018
jaydunndiddit
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Oct 18, 2018
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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.
Oct 18, 2018
rdodev
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Oct 18, 2018
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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..." :)
Oct 18, 2018
rdodev
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Oct 13, 2018
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Oct 13, 2018
rdodev
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Oct 10, 2018
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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.
Oct 10, 2018
rdodev
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Oct 10, 2018
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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.
Oct 10, 2018
jaydunndiddit
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Oct 10, 2018
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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...
Oct 10, 2018
ludachris
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Oct 10, 2018
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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.
Oct 10, 2018
ludachris
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Oct 15, 2018
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It also sounds good. A lot of good sounding headphones dont look great for expensive headphones.
Oct 15, 2018
RayF
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Oct 15, 2018
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Okay, in that case, I think you made a wise decision!
Oct 15, 2018
Manbear
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Oct 8, 2018
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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.
Oct 8, 2018
gb21011971
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Oct 8, 2018
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The Elegia looks like the closed equivalent of the Elear, in terms of tuning and price point. I hope Focal will intoduce a closed back equivalent to the Clear at some point. I just love those....
Oct 8, 2018
ludachris
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Oct 10, 2018
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here's the link Jude shows pics of new focal elegia driver even though its the same size of elear and clear. https://www.head-fi.org/threads/focal-elegia-what-do-you-think.890031/page-3
Oct 10, 2018
jsmiller58
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Oct 10, 2018
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OK. I have to say it. Saw the little "bug" moving on your image and kept trying to kill it with my finger.
You are cruel, so cruel...
Oct 10, 2018
BetaWar
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Oct 8, 2018
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I was able to listen to the Elegia at the RMAF and oh boy are they good! At first I didn't even realize they were closed-back. I would say that the soundstage is 1.5x to 2x the size of the Elex for those that have had a chance to try out the Elex, and very good positioning. The bass still seems to have a slight boost to it (above neutral), but I won't hold that against them. These have definitely made it on my "want to buy" list... 2nd on it actually, so I will probably have a pair within the next few months :)
Oct 8, 2018
BetaWar
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Oct 8, 2018
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I don't have too much more insight on them as I only got to play with them for ~20 minutes, but I would say that the main things for me are the larger sound stage, the closed back, and the still superb audio quality. I have a feeling they will work pretty well for gaming.
I sadly didn't have my Elex with me to do a side-by-side at the show; but as with you, the Elex are currently my favorite headphone by a large margin, and personally my only major complaint on the Elex is the sound stage not being as large as I would like.
I would also say that the sound was more "rich" with the Elegia, but I have a feeling that was because it was hooked up to a far more expensive AMP/DAC combination (the Questyle CMA 800R and Questyle CAS 192D) than what I am running at home (Schiit Magni/Modi), so there may have been some character given to the music by them.
Oct 8, 2018
jaydunndiddit
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Oct 8, 2018
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Understandable. Thanks for your insight nonetheless. It still has my excitement level pretty high for my new "toy."
Oct 8, 2018
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