Focal Listen Wireless Review
The Focal Listen is a full-size wireless headphone with quality design. The earphones have a balanced sound with comfort for long sessions of listening. Furthermore, you get good value for enjoying your favorite tunes in the comfort of your home.
Focal Listen Wireless Design
The first thing you notice with the Focal Listen is the massive design as the pads fit around the ears. The padding is soft and thick, but some people find them uncomfortable. Why it all depends on the size of your head as the headband has a gel-like layer of rubber making it sit on your head. Using the earphones for half-an-hour is comfortable, similar to wearing the QuietComfort 35 II from Bose. The problem is you cannot wear them all day as it becomes uncomfortable as the headband localizes pressure. The headband looks chunky and aggressive at the same time. Furthermore, it has a plastic construction with rubber around. You can buy the headset in different colors black, purple, blue, and olive.
On the other hand, the cups fold into the headband, making it more compact for storage. Even the buttons found on the right side has a layer of rubber over it. You have the volume controls with three playback buttons on the front. We like the mounds constructed with rubber making it easier to use. Moreover, it works with aptX Bluetooth, and the battery life is up to 20-hours. Furthermore, you can use it wired as well with the included cable, and you get USB charging cable with carrying case.
Focal Listen Wireless Performance
The wireless connection is stable, and we only found some interference when using it with another wearable and our phone simultaneously. Furthermore, you have active noise cancellation with excellent passive isolation as well. The headset comprises electrodynamics drivers offering you a neutral sound profile and great for on the go users. What is more, you get added bass as well but without the excitement compared to the Momentum from Sennheiser. The headsets balanced well with excellent stereo imaging and soundstage. However, the mid-range is impressive; it is not as high as the Momentum pair of headphones. So if you love dance music, you may find the Focal Listen not as pleasing to the ears. On the other hand, the noise isolation is excellent for using the headset in crowded areas.
Focal Listen Wireless Specs
- Battery: 20-hours
- Color: Black, Blue, Purple, and Olive
- Cord Type: Wireless and Wired
- Extras: On-cup Controls
- Form Factor: Over-ear
- Included: Carry Case and Micro USB Charging Cable with Removable Audio Cable
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 1-year
Focal Listen Wireless Pros and Cons
What we like:
- Nice colors available
- Impressive build
- Reasonably comfortable depending on the size of your head
- Great sound
- Onboard controls
What we do not like:
- Can get a bit uncomfortable after three hours of use
Should You Buy it?
For the best sounding full-size wireless headphones, you will find the Focal Listen tops. The price is affordable and sound even great compared to other leading over-ear brands. Furthermore, you do get a comfortable fit, depending on your head size. Another fantastic thing is you can use it wireless or wired if ever the battery dies on you.
The full-size structure of the Focal Listen offers a great sound. While not too expensive, you may find them a bit uncomfortable to wear for a long time. However, we did find the headphones portable to use on a train, in the office, or on a plane. The lightweight feel is comfortable to wear, even in noisy environments. The ear cushions are enormous, providing excellent noise isolation when needed while the drivers offer a dynamic sound.
On the other hand the onboard controls make things simpler for active people moving around from one place to another. Moreover, if ever the battery juice runs out, you can always use the headphones in wired mode. We can recommend the Focal Listen for travelers and people commuting to work every day. So check the over-ear earphones out and decide which color you prefer as the shades available are funky and stylish at the same time. However, when it comes to dancing music, we recommend you look at the Sennheiser Momentum or Bose QuietComfort 35 II instead.