Focal has launched the Elegia, the French company's first pair of high-end, closed-back headphones.
The Elegia features speaker drivers integrated directly into the closed-back headphones. Elegia also incorporates a new generation of exclusive and low compliance electrodynamic transducers that are capable of operating in a small inner environment while ensuring "exceptional dynamics, the most precise sound reproduction, and a linear, extended frequency response of 23 kHz," says Focal.
As with the open-back Elear, Clear and Utopia speaker drivers, Elegia is fitted with a dedicated surround of 110 microns. The geometry of this new, half-roll NBR surround guarantees a lightweight moving part that is always under control, even at the lowest frequencies and the highest volumes, says the firm.
Focal's exclusive frameless, copper voice coil measuring 4 mm high is also very lightweight in relation to the traction capacity of the moving part. They also employ the "M" shaped inverted dome, which is made from an aluminum/magnesium alloy, offering lightness, high rigidity and excellent damping. The "M" shape gives it a larger emissive surface area.
When combined with portable source equipment, Elegia offers low impedance of 35 Ohms. The full-range speaker driver includes a vent to manage 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. Focal accomplished this by ensuring a connection between the centre of the motor and the outer part of the ear cup located beneath the Focal logo. The speaker driver's response in the bass-reflex acoustic loudspeaker is extended to the lowest frequencies, while providing linearity and bass articulation.
Focal says that with Elegia, there is no resonance or unwanted additional sound signal to disturb the listening experience, while the closed ear-pads offer additional soundproofing.
The headphones come with a 1.2 m cable fitted with a 3.5 mm stereo jack connector and the 3.5 mm female jack adapter to 6.35 male jack. The headband molds perfectly to the head, says Focal, and memory foam microfiber earpads and yoke mold perfectly to the wearer's face. Materials used include leather, microfiber fabric, and solid aluminum. The headphones come with a thermoformed, rigid carrying case in the same shape.
The Focal Elegia will be available this month for US$899.