Focal Clear review: One of the finest headphones money can buy (and you’ll need lots of it)

These are among the finest headphones you can buy, and they’re priced accordingly.

Focal Clear reference headphones.

The French audio maker Focal has done it again. Clear, Focal’s newest reference headphones, are one of the best I have ever reviewed. It’s a superior product for the discerning music lover who demands the finest musical reproduction possible.

An over-the-ear (circumaural), open-back design, Clear creates a spacious, enveloping soundscape that must be heard to be believed. When I first wore them, I noted there was almost no barrier between me and the outside world. I went back and forth between Clear and Oppo’s PM-2 open-back planar magnetic headphones several times as a point of reference. The Focal Clear displayed a superior sensation of openness every time.

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