Focal Listen Professional

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Headphones

  • Closed
  • Circumaural
  • Conversion technology for acoustic transparency and dynamics
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Sensitivity (@ 1 kHz - / 1 Vrms): 122 dB SPL
  • THD (THD, @ 1 kHz / 100 dB SPL): 0.3%
  • Frequency range: 5 Hz to 22 kHz
  • Connection: 3.5 mm jack with 4 contacts
  • Dimensions: 239 x 212 x 111 mm
  • Weight: 280 g
  • Includes spiral cable (5 m) and straight cable (1.4 m)
Available since April 2018
Item number 432388
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Design Over-Ear
System Closed Back
Impedance 32 Ohms
Frequency range 5 Hz – 22000 Hz
Adaptor Yes
Replaceable Cable Yes
Colour Pink
Max. SPL 102 dB
Type Of Connector Jack, mini-jack
Weight 280 g
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£198
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Professional by name, professional by nature

The Focal Listen Professional is a pair of dynamic circumaural/closed-back headphones that are designed both as a professional tool for a wide variety of applications in music production as well as for simply listening to music, even on mobile devices. The 40mm paired transducers, which feature cones made from a combination of Mylar and titanium alloy, offer a balanced and detailed sound with good impulse behaviour and a stereo reproduction that one would more readily associate with a semi-open than with a closed-back model. The extended frequency response ranges from 5Hz to 22kHz and is mostly linear, which ensures an organic sound without excessive hype or artificial embellishment. This makes the Listen Professional not only suitable for recording or monitoring in live situations, but also for mixing.

Built for comfort

The Focal Listen Professional headphones are equipped with interchangeable memory foam ear cushions that react to pressure and body heat and thus adapt to the shape of the user's head in order to ensure an optimum fit and minimise sound leakage. The materials used have been specifically selected for their high absorption capacity and natural sound reproduction, with a microfibre cover that provides additional comfort. The weight of the headphones (280g without the cable) is evenly distributed over the headband, and the ear cups feature integrated joints so that they can be rotated both horizontally and vertically. What is more, the ear cups can be folded to allow the headphones to be transported in the compact case supplied, which includes both a cable compartment and a loop for dongles or USB sticks.

Suitable for every application

Thanks to their natural and detailed sound reproduction as well as their excellent stereo imaging by closed-back headphone standards and their extremely low level of noise leakage, the Focal Listen Professional headphones are a very good choice for professional recording and mixing applications. Thanks to their robust construction, whose key attributes include a high level of resistance to scratches and shocks as well as a near-indestructible headband, these headphones are also ideal for "on the road" use. This is made even easier by the compact and durable case included in the scope of delivery, which fits easily into a piece of hand luggage. Their universal usability thus makes the Focal Listen Professional headphones ideal for both musicians and discerning home studio owners.

About Focal

Focal is a French manufacturer based in Saint-Étienne, which has been active in the hi-fi sector since 1979. Alongside its core focal areas of speaker drivers and high-fidelity loudspeakers, the company’s portfolio has also expanded since 2002 to include soundbars, car audio solutions, headphones, and monitor speakers that are specifically aimed at studio applications in terms of materials, design, and features. The company’s research and development centres and the majority of its manufacturing facilities are located in France, and Focal’s speakers are designed according to the philosophy of uniting functionality and unique aesthetics. To achieve this goal, Focal also works closely together with renowned design agencies.

Headset par excellence

With their relatively low impedance of 32 ohms, the Focal Listen Professional headphones offer sufficient volume in all situations, even when used together with smartphones or tablet computers without an additional headphone amplifier. A 1.4m cable is included for connection to mobile devices, which is equipped with a volume control and a microphone and makes the Listen Professional a headset "par excellence". For use in the studio, on the other hand, the included coiled cable is recommended, which can be stretched to a length of 5m. The cables are connected on the left ear cup only and the jack socket features a secure locking mechanism to prevent the cable being unintentionally pulled out.

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Good sound with just a minor issue over comfort.
Sixinchrule 08.06.2018
I'm just a keen music lover, I use the headphones at home with an Audiolab M-dac+ and a PC. I've been using these headphones for just over a month so far, and I'm enjoying them.

Pros,
Excellent sound
Good build quality
Stylish compact design
Nice storage case and two cables

Cons,
Can be a little uncomfortable to wear for longer periods if you have larger ears.

Build:
Build quality is excellent. These headphones look fantastic, are well put together, don't feel fragile, and all the visible parts are finished to a high standard. The case and cables are of the same high quality and they arrive beautifully packed with the phones and cables already in the case, packed inside a sturdy card outer box. - 5/5

Sound:
The sound is flat and uncoloured, just as you would want with studio headphones. I've been hearing lots of extra detail in music I'm familiar with, especially at low frequencies, and in particular, if an instrument or vocal has been recorded with distortion, I find it very noticeable with these phones. - 5/5

Comfort:
The ear cups are not the largest. The inside of the memory foam rings make an elliptical space about 50mm high and 40mm wide and my ears just squeeze into them, they get a little uncomfortable after an hour or so. They could have done with being 60mm by 45mm for me, but they do sit securely over my head without discomfort, and they give modest attenuation to ambient household noise. - 4/5

Summary:
Good sound with just a minor issue over comfort.
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Excellent closed back headphones, for more than just general use
Ahrayeph 17.07.2018
Use : I'm using the Focal Listen Professional for both recording as well as mixing purposes. I lost my previous headphones, which literally fell apart from old age and extensive use, and with a recording and mixing job within three days of losing them, I needed a quick replacement. Luckily, I had already done my research, and pulled the trigger on these. It didn't disappoint.

Sound : After having been used to the sound of my old Sony V700DJ phones, I didn't know what to expect. What I got, was a pair of cans with a great sonic balance. The bass response, which often is too overbearing in closed back phones, is present and well defined. Mids are clear enough to judge mixes by, no mean feat for phones of this price range. And the highs are clear, articulate and never too shrill. The overall sound doesn't tire out my ears. On the contrary, it makes me eager to put them on and work with them. If I had to use one adjective to qualify the sound, it would be 'natural'. Closed back headphones design clearly has come a long way since I last bought a pair.

Comfort : Before ordering, I read in some reviews how the cups didn't quite fit people's ears. I'm happy to report that I'm not experiencing this discomfort. The cups fit my ears perfectly, and the whole thing sits comfortably on my head. The plastic used on the head rest feels a bit cheap, but it does its work well and never feels unpleasant, not even after long stretches of recording. And the overall build quality is much, much more superior to that of my old Sonys.

All in all, these headphones are an absolute sonic delight, which will see a lot of action and, because of their excellent build quality, will probably outlast my previous headphones by a long time.
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AWESOOOOOME!
Slambot 25.07.2020
I dread using headphones and only do so when it is absolutely neccessary. However, I own a pair of those Focal Alpha 80 mixing monitors and these are an amazing companion.

PROS: I can get a similar vibe on a mix and now trust that when I use these phones that the mix will translate much better to my monitors than using other headphones.

Typically headphones result in a flat and very lackluster mix - these phones have given me much much better results in those regards. Finally I have no real issues to use headphones when I need - I trust them now.

In addition, they are cloth covered, not that fake leather sticker junk that peels off after 6 months.

Worth the extra expense when comparing to other mixing headphones.
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It's Focal..
Husam 06.07.2020
I won't go through everything, but the main points that got my attention:

Sound:
Sound is super clear, sharp, well balanced, the highs are sharp and nice BUT to me; the highs sounded a bit over compressed, I think I would love it more with 1dB or 2dB less at 5k-10k. It can be a personal taste.

Comfort:
Very good, but can be more comfortable.

I love Focal, I wanted to give it 5/5 but still, I think it can be better.

You won't regret buying it.
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