Focal have a new reference headphone in the Clear Mg (£1,399). After four years of research and development, the engineers at Focal have designed a Magnesium dome for the Clear Mg speaker drivers. This new alloy, combined with an ‘M’-shaped dome, contributes to even more lightness, rigidity and damping, “the three success factors for a speaker driver”. Thanks to an impedance of 55 Ohms, they can be used with both headphone amplifier/DACs and portable audio players.
In developing its products, Focal places design and materials at the forefront in its mission to create the ultimate sound and listening comfort. The solid aluminium yoke has been developed to perfectly mould to the face, the headband covered in genuine leather and microfibre offers a constant curve, no matter which way the head turns, and the perforated microfibre earpads result in enhanced opening and comfort. The outside of the earpads boasts a honeycomb pattern: an elegance contributed to by the brand new Chestnut and Mixed-Metals finish. The carrying case has been woven in colours to match the headphones.