Focal Closed-Back Circumaural Headphones Implement Full-Range Speaker Drivers and Deliver Extraordinary Low-Frequency Performance: Innovative Elegia Provides Soundproofed Intimacy
Focal Elegia represents the execution of a concept long thought impossible: The implementation of full-range speaker drivers in closed-back circumaural headphones that don't forsake low-frequency performance. Drawing on the technology of its internationally acclaimed open-back models, Focal designed Elegia to push state-of-the-art even further while allowing listeners the private, soundproofed intimacy only closed-back ‘phones provide.
Inside, exclusive, low-compliance electrodynamic transducers provide astounding dynamics, extended frequency response, and stickler accuracy. An exclusive copper voice coil, dedicated surround, and M-shape aluminum-magnesium inverted dome deliver lightness, rigidity, and damping. A pair of vents works to supply balance and avoid compression. Elegia also checks all the boxes when it comes to luxe comfort, ergonomics, and elegance. Most importantly, these pioneering ‘phones reproduce music with uncanny levels of articulation, linearity, balance, nuance, bass, and realism. You can read more specifics about the engineering and development below. But when it comes down to it, with Elegia, your permission to experience high-end sound anywhere and everywhere is granted. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
“This, to me, is the hallmark of a reference-level headphone and at $900 USD."
—Rafe Arnott, Inner Fidelity
“The Elegia creates a beautiful, intimate, and rich musical experience.”
—Tech Hive, Editors’ Choice
Signature Performance Through Signature Technology
Whether it's the motor, the voice coil, the surround or the dome, Focal has once again chosen skillfully created cutting-edge technologies, developed and assembled in its own workshops, to put the very best into these innovative circumaural closed-back headphones. Elegia incorporates a new generation of exclusive and low-compliance electrodynamic transducers capable of operating in a small inner environment, whilst ensuring exceptional dynamics, a linear, extended frequency response of 23kHz, and precise sound reproduction. Just like the construction of Elear, Clear, and Utopia speaker drivers, Elegia is fitted with a dedicated surround – one of 110 microns. The geometry of the new, half-roll NBR surround guarantees a lightweight moving part that is always under control, even at the lowest frequencies and the highest volumes. The frameless copper voice coil (exclusive to Focal), measuring 4mm high, is also very light weight in relation to the traction capacity of the moving part. Finally, exceptional headphones deserve an exceptional dome. The "M"-shape inverted dome, a major innovation in open-back headphones, is also used for Elegia. Made from an aluminum/magnesium alloy, the dome offers an ideal combination of lightness, high rigidity, and excellent damping. Its "M"-shape gives it a larger emissive surface area for a sensational listening experience. And when combined with portable source equipment, Elegia guarantees remarkable listening quality thanks to its low impedance of just 35 ohms. This promotes mobility without scrimping on technological performance.
Loading a speaker driver into a small room makes it extremely sensitive to its environment. Focal's 40 years of expertise and know-how led to specific work being undertaken on the vents, so as not to limit the frequency response in the low-range and thus properly manage the air flow. Elegia's full-range speaker driver includes a vent that manages the balance between the bass and the midbass. A second vent, located at the back of the ear cup, picks up the rear wave coming from the centre of the motor to avoid any compression and extend the frequency response of the speaker driver. How? By ensuring the connection between the center of the motor and the outer part of the ear cup located beneath the logo. The speaker driver's response in the bass-reflex acoustic loudspeaker is thus extended to the lowest frequencies, while providing remarkable linearity and bass articulation. With Elegia, there is no resonance or unwanted additional sound signal to disturb the listening experience. And the closed earpads round off the remarkable soundproofing. The realism and naturalness of the diffused sound is striking from the very first seconds of listening, whether that's at home or outdoors, using the 1.2m cable fitted with a 3.5mm stereo jack connector and the 3.5mm female jack adapter to 6.35mm male jack provided.
Design, Comfort, and Elegance
Focal doesn't just create high-performance acoustic solutions. The company creates designer objects and champions a way of life. And Elegia is no exception to this rule. With its well-mastered geometry, the headband moulds perfectly to the head, providing optimal grip for on-the-go use. The memory-foam microfiber earpads as well as the yoke, which also molds to the wearer's face shape, are both key contributors to the headphones' supreme comfort. All of this is topped off by the sophisticated, noble materials used, such as leather, microfiber fabric, and solid aluminum, which give Elegia style, design, and timelessness. A thermo-formed, rigid carrying case in the shape of the headphones is also provided.
From Development to Reality
With Elegia, the extreme light weight of the moving part composing the full-range speaker driver means it is necessary to strictly control the quantities of glue used on the surround-dome/dome-coil connections. A new robot was developed to implement this priority, as well for bringing exceptional repeatability and stability to the production process. This is a manufacturing process where every detail matters, and as a result, Elegia boasts speaker drivers that provide identical frequency response curves of +/- 0.5dB.