“Listen to your music, not to your headphones!” embodies the “spirit” for Focal’s new product entry. The Spirit Professional headphones are the direct result of Focal’s historical expertise in the high-performance transducer design, promising neutrality and transparency for total control. In line with the French manufacturer’s monitoring loudspeakers, the Spirit Professional headphones ensure high-quality control of monitoring activities without exception, freeing professionals from the acoustic constraints related to their workstation’s size.
Focal chose the circumaural design for the Spirit Professional headphones to optimize the acoustic coupling to the ear. This monitoring tool, typically used in professional recording studios, is also suitable for broadcasting or home studios, where the noise level is much higher.
The frequency of use and amount of time used are two of the most important aspects to consider when designing professional headphones. Comfort optimization was essential for Focal. The choice to use memory foam for the ear pieces and the headband ensures a perfect fit regardless of user’s morphology. What’s more, the ear pieces’ dimensions have been increased to reduce the pressure level. The size increase guarantees insulation and prevents fatigue. Finally, the black textured finish gives the headphones a simplistic look and a shock-and-scratch-resistant quality.
According to Focal, the Spirit Professional headphones use mylar/titanium alloy drivers to achieve strong dynamics without distortion and neutrality of tonal balance combined with high definition of audio signals, even at low listening volumes. Finally, work on the acoustical load of the transducers has resulted in articulated bass worthy of open-style headphones, but with the advantages of insulation. The low-impedance OFC coiled cable (13’/4 m) also enhances the sound transparency, an important concept for the brand. Focal also provides a straight cable (4.6’/1.4 m) with a built-in track selector and microphone for receiving calls as an accessory to ensure mobility. The Spirit Professional headphones cost approximately $300.