Focal, the French loudspeaker manufacturer, has developed its first in-ear headphones starting from first principles. The result: Sphear breaks with conventions and proves that high-fidelity in-ear headphones can be used for hours without discomfort.
In-ear headphones? People love them or hate them but one thing is for sure: everyone has a very definite opinion on their sound quality and comfort. Focal’s Sphear renews the very concept of this type of headphone. Both the proponents and the critics of in-ear headphones can finally reach common ground in terms of the acoustic quality and the pleasure of music to share an unprecedented experience. Sphear has all it needs to seduce everyone by giving them a new vision of in-ear headphones.
A new story to be told
Light and practical, discreet and attractive in terms of sound, until now, in-ear headphones have often been considered very intrusive. Uncomfortable after a certain amount of time, tiring on the ear due to the excessive amount of bass, they have generally failed to fulfil their promise…
Focal’s idea with Sphear? To prove that in-ear headphones could provide high-fidelity acoustics worthy of the best of standard headphones, while avoiding any discomfort during prolonged listening. After 2 years of development, Sphear represents a new chapter for in-ear headphones.
Its innovative concept when it comes to shape, Sphear has redefined the approach towards the ear canal which dominated the in-ear market: memory foam tips on the front adapt naturally to the ear; an extended housing at the back shifts the weight of the headphones to the inferior auricle of the ear.
This relieves the ear canal from excessive volume and weight which generally resulted in temporary discomfort. Even better, the engineers at Focal took advantage of this revolutionary design to change people’s vision of in-ear headphones.
New sensations worth sharing
Sphear’s rounded shape makes it possible to have a larger driver than usual. Equipped with a 10.8mm transducer, Sphear is faithful to Focal’s historic acoustic signature, the “Spirit of Sound”, with a particularly rich mid-range. Moreover, the bass level on Sphear has been very slightly increased for mobile use in noisy environments. Never wanting to change music as it’s intended, with Sphear, Focal also offers a sound which is precise and clear, and extremely faithful to the original music. Finally, these unique in-ear headphones offer harmonic richness from the low end to the high end, for true listening pleasure.
“It is generally accepted that a loudspeaker has to have a frequency response curve which is as flat as possible. This is not the same for headphones which emit sound right into the ear canal, bypassing the external parts of the ear and body. Now, our engineers have succeeded in tuning Sphear’s curve to obtain incredible tonal balance” explains Gérard Chrétien, Focal’s exclusive consultant.
Pure and faithful sound worth rediscovering
Thanks to its unbeatable performance in this price category, Sphear are the most accomplished in-ear headphones to date, the most comfortable and the most generous for getting the most out of your music, wherever you are. In this age of high-resolution and CD quality audio files, through its spherical design and its preservation of Focal’s acoustic signature, Sphear provides a unique solution for those passionate for high-definition sound.
- 3 pairs of silicone tips (sizes S/M/L)
- 3 pairs of memory foam tips (sizes S/M/L)
- Aeroplane adapter
- Carrying case