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64 Audio Launches U18s 18-Driver In-Ear Monitor

Now Available for Pre-Order & Shipping 3/31/21, the U18s Combines Proprietary Drivers, LID Technology, and a New Electronic Crossover Network to Deliver a Uniquely Exceptional Listening Experience VANCOUVER, Wash., March 19, 2021 - 64 Audio, the leader in custom and universal fit in-ear monitors, is proud to announce the launch of the U18s, the new audiophile-grade, universal... Read More »

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FiiO FD5 Dynamic Driver IEM & UTWS3 Universal True Wireless Amplifier

A year ago I reviewed FiiO’s entry into the True Wireless game the UTWS1 which one-upped the competition by being a universal True Wireless amplifier that can pair with almost any IEM that has swappable cables (available in either MMCX or .78mm 2-pin configurations). Now, FiiO has one-upped themselves with the all-new UTWS3. Along with the UTWS3, I was sent their all-new flagship Dynamic Driver IEM the FiiO FD5 which was too good a match for the UTWS3 to pass up a joint review of the two devices.

FiiO FD5 Dynamic Driver IEM & UTWS3 Universal True Wireless Amplifier

The FiiO UTWS3 Universal True Wireless Amplifier:

The FiiO UTWS3 Universal True Wireless Amplifier differs from its predecessor in two very significant ways. First, it comes with a 30-hour charge case with room to accommodate the UTWS3s along with the fitted IEMs putting them on an even keel convenience-wise with all other True Wireless IEMs while maintaining the superiority of infinite choice in sonic profile. More importantly, especially to lovers of less efficient IEMs, it offers almost three times the power at 16Ω and four times the power output at 32Ω with a 70% reduction of noise floor making it a perfect choice for higher impedance IEMs like the FiiO FD5, all done without noticeably compromising playback time or a significant increase in size to accommodate larger batteries. Furthermore, the UTWS3 is compatible with the FiiO Control App, allowing you to adjust channel balance, equalization, voice prompt language, and button function, with a firmware update function (Android only) to offer future software enhancements.

FiiO UTWS3 Universal True Wireless Amplifier

A quick rundown of the features of the UTWS3 is as follows:

  • Qualcomm QCC3020 chip supporting Bluetooth 5.0 and custom-tuned for sound quality and signal to noise ratio with an improved over reference design LRC circuit.
  • TWS + Low Latency technology aptX lossless support.
  • Dual Direct Connections for lower latency and better stability (each unit connects directly to the phone rather than each other).
  • QCC Intelligent Noise Cancellation (ANC using incorporated DSP and dual microphones).
  • aptX/ACC/SBC Bluetooth format support.
  • TPA 6140A2 amplifier chip offering 25mW power at 32Ω with a 25uV noise floor.
  • Custom FPC Bluetooth antenna for improved signal reception.
  • Monocrystalline silver-plated copper audio wires.
  • 8 hour continuous music playback battery life with 180 hour standby time.
  • Individual/Binaural listening modes.
  • 26 levels of independent volume adjustment (separate from phone volume control).
  • Tactile Multi-function Button provides Pairing, Power On/Off, Play/Pause, Next Song, Last Song, Answer Call, Hang Up, Volume Up and Volume Down functions while rejecting unintended touches.
  • IPX4 water-resistant design.
  • Titanium Memory Wire for earhook.
  • Choice of MMCX or 0.78mm 2-pin connectors.
  • High capacity charging case with 30 hours of battery life.
  • Simplified pairing/unpairing function via one-button charging case operation.
FiiO UTWS3 Universal True Wireless Amplifier

The FiiO FD5 Dynamic Driver IEM:

As befits a flagship IEM the FiiO FD5 Dynamic Driver IEM comes in an elegant magnetic clasp box with a plethora of accessories including five different styles of ear-tips (three of which come in three different sizes while the foam and tri-flange come in two), two interchangeable sound tubes (to accommodate different ear canals as well as offer different sonic properties), three interchangeable audio jack connectors (2.5mm TRRS, 3.5mm TRS, and 4.4mm TRRRS), an expanded MMCX cable with 8 strands of monocrystalline silver-plated copper cable, an HB5 imitation leather storage case, a cleaning brush, and a special Final MMCX ASSIST MMCX detachment tool, along with the obligatory manual and audio jack swap cheat sheet.

FiiO FD5 Dynamic Driver IEM

The bullet points for the FD5 are as follows:

  • 12mm flagship dynamic driver with N52 magnet producing 1.5 Teslas of magnetic flux – which improves efficiency and control of the diaphragm ensuring extremely robust bass, stellar dynamics, and excellent high-frequency resolution.
  • Beryllium-coated DLC (diamond-like carbon) diaphragm – minimizing unwanted resonance improving accuracy while reducing distortion.
  • Precision front acoustical prism – precisely controlling sound waves as they enter the sound tube eliminating high frequency standing waves and enhancing overall sound wave diffusion.
  • Rear volcanic field system – enhancing the diffusion of low frequencies and further reducing standing waves.
  • Semi-open acoustic design – offering balanced, beautiful, and unfatiguing sound.
  • Timeless industrial design and stainless steel construction – the 3D embossed stainless steel faceplate actually acts to dampen the body reducing the harmonic distortion of sound inside.
  • Interchangeable sound tube – providing added comfort and tailoring of the sonic profile.
  • High-purity monocrystalline silver-plated copper cable with expanded MMCX design and interchangeable audio jack – 152 high-purity monocrystalline silver-plated copper individually insulated wires are wound into 8 separate braided strands in a Litz Type2 configuration with solid stainless steel FABRILOUS interchangeable connections.
  • Hi-Res Audio certified.
FiiO FD5 Dynamic Driver IEM

Living with the FiiO FD5 Dynamic Driver IEM & UTWS3 Universal True Wireless Amplifier:

My initial intent was to burn in the FiiO FD5 Dynamic Driver IEM and UTWS3 Universal True Wireless Amplifier together using my FiiO M11 DAP as source figuring I would use my FiiO LC-4.4D 4.4mm to MMCX high-purity Monocrystalline Silver Litz IEM cable for wired testing, but then learned that the FD5 featured a new cable with swappable connections making it necessary to do my testing with that cable, so after burning in the FD5s with the UTWS3s for 100 hours, I performed a second burn-in with the stock cable.

FiiO FD5 Dynamic Driver IEM FABRILOUS interchangeable connections

During my early tests with the UTWS3 and FD5, I had settled on the medium-sized “Bass” tips as offering the best comfort and most natural tonal balance, but after the second burn-in, I discovered that the secondary sound tubes were smaller in diameter and were noted to improve bass, so I switched to those feeling that they would better accommodate my rather unusually shaped ear canals and switched back to the “Balanced” ear-tips since the “Bass” tips were too large for the smaller sound tubes. Given this change, I will actually begin my listening observations with the cabled setup and retest with UTWS3 afterward.

FiiO FD5 exchangeable sound tubes

As with most FiiO products in my experience, the fit and finish of the FD5s is top-notch and their stainless steel casings complemented by the silver-plated cables lend them a very luxurious appearance indeed. I should also point out that the Final MMCX ASSIST was a much-welcomed addition as I have experienced issues with swapping out MMCX cables in the past (after a certain amount of time they appear to become permanent installations).

FiiO FD5 Dynamic Driver IEM with Final MMCX ASSIST
Steve Hackett  “Under A Mediterranean Sky”

Since I was starting with wired operation, I decided to start at the top and work my way down, so I fired up the iFi Pro iDSD in tube mode and selected for my first track Steve Hackett’s new release “Under A Mediterranean Sky” (24-bit/44.1 kHz – Qobuz). The combination of acoustic guitar and orchestra made this an ideal demonstration of dynamics, tonal balance, timbre, imaging, and soundstage. After some initial experimentation, I switched from the 4.4mm TRRRS connector to the 3.5mm TRS deciding that since power was not an issue, single-ended output would offer the best sound. The soundstage was expansive with excellent depth of field, placing the guitar about 10 feet away in a large theater or hall with the orchestra a ways behind that. The tonality appeared to be neutral and natural sounding with exciting dynamics offering real impact to the opening percussion and horns of “Mdina (The Walled City)”. The guitar had that crisp tonality of nylon strings with a deep richness. “Sirocco” served up a truly three-dimensional experience with the multitude of Mediterranean percussion instruments scattered around the stage.

The Who “Who’s Next”

Switching to my regular playlist for a higher resolution offering and something a little more rock & roll test I chose “Getting In Tune” from The Who’s “Who’s Next” (DSD). Nicky Hopkin’s piano was rich and full set in a large soundstage and Entwistle’s bass was tight and robust without being boomy. A standout was the backing vocals provided by Townshend and Entwistle, while Moon’s spectacular drumming had snap and sparkle.

Eiji Oue conducting the Minnesota Orchestra – “Stravinsky”

Returning to the M11 and the 4.4mm TRRRS I pulled up “The Firebird Suite” (Eiji Oue conducting the Minnesota Orchestra – “Stravinsky” – DSD) to get a sense of the imaging. While not quite as musical or resolute as with the iDSD there was a real feeling of hall and the solo instruments had solid placement.

Caroline Shaw’s “Narrow Sea”, Written for and Performed by Sō Percussion, Dawn Upshaw, and Gilbert Kalish

It was now time to roll over to the UTWS3s which was made quick and easy using the MMCX ASSIST. Checking the FiiO Control app I made sure that the EQ was off (I had experimented with it earlier). Bringing up Qobuz I opted for Caroline Shaw’s “Narrow Sea”, Written for and Performed by Sō Percussion, Dawn Upshaw, and Gilbert Kalish. The UTWS3s did admirably keeping up with the dynamics and myriad of bell-like sounds of the eclectic piece while beautifully rendering Dawn Upshaw’s soul-wrenching vocal.

“Departure From” Gary Alan Barker

The last test was of course to see how well it works with a phone. For this I used my Moto G Power. Re-pairing the UTWS3s was a breeze, I simply put them back in the charge case, held the button for about 5 seconds, and then looked for them on my phone. For music, I expected little difference from the M11, but to verify I launched the Bandcamp app and listened to “Who Holds the Sun” from my “Departure From” album. I then called up a friend to see how it does on phone calls and I can easily say it is one of the best Bluetooths I have tried. Voices were clear on both ends and the sound was very natural.

Conclusions on the FiiO FD5 Dynamic Driver IEM & UTWS3 Universal True Wireless Amplifier:

The FiiO FD5 Dynamic Driver IEM with the UTWS3 Universal True Wireless Amplifier is a phenomenal combination. Is it on a par with other $400 Bluetooth headphones? I’d say definitely, though it would benefit from the addition of the LDAC codec, something that maybe they can add with a firmware update. With their semi-open design, they are the most comfortable True Wireless I have used especially when it comes to phone calls, their size is compensated by their over the ear design making them feel more secure than standard True Wireless IEMs.

On their own, the FiiO FD5s are spectacular well deserving of the name flagship and proof that single driver dynamic driver IEMs still have a place and once again a real contender in the under $400 market even without the UTWS3. Where the FD5s rise above other FiiO offerings is in musicality. While not as heavy in the bottom end as the others, the phase linearity of a single driver design makes the midrange pure and clear, portraying a spacious if not airy soundstage.

All in all, both the FiiO FD5 and the FiiO UTWS3 are clear winners and well worth an audition.

Manufacturer’s Website:

https://www.fiio.com/fd5

https://www.fiio.com/utws3

Price:

UTWS3: $79.99 USD

FD5: $319.99 USD

Specifications:

UTWS3:

  • Output Power – 38mW(16Ωload)25mW(32Ωload)
  • Noise – <8μV
  • Drive ability – 16~100Ω
  • THD+N – <0.06%
  • SNR – 100dBr “A”
  • Working Time – TWS+: 7hs of use each charge – TWS: 5.5hs of use each charge
  • Overall battery life 30h(4-5 times recharge from the case)
  • Output Impedance – about 0.7Ω
  • Crosstalk – 94dB
  • Balance – ≤0.5dB
  • Dimension – 93.5×71.1×34.6
  • Weight – 125.5g

FD5:

  • Frequency response – 10Hz – 40kHz
  • Drivers – 12mm Beryllium-coated diamond-like carbon (DLC) dynamic driver
  • Impedance  – 32Ω@1kHz
  • Sensitivity – [email protected]
  • Max input power – 100mW
  • Cable connectors – 8 strands of monocrystalline silver-plated copper cable
  • Cable length – 120cm
  • Unit weight – about 11g

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Sivga Phoenix Review – The Charmer

Pros –

Excellent bass weight and extension, Clear and natural vocals, Rich and lush presentation, Good soundstage expansion and layering, Gorgeous build and design, Great carrying case

Cons –

Separation suffers from its fullness, Average technical performance in-class, Reasonably limited range of headband adjustment, Thin earpads can affect long-term comfort

Verdict –

Though its unique combination of qualities and thoughtful execution, the Phoenix is able to carve out a reasonably uncontested niche in the audio market for bass lovers who still value clear vocals and a spacious soundstage.


Introduction –

SIVGA are a Chinese audio company founded in 2016 who focus on stunning wooden designs and competitive pricing. They work hand-in-hand with Sendy Audio, their premium division, who recently achieved renown for their well-received Aiva planar magnetic headphone. The Phoenix is their latest creation, an open-back over-ear headphone featuring a huge 50mm dynamic driver. Signature to Sivga, the Phoenix features a premium bill of materials with special mention going to its gorgeous zebra wood cups. Sivga promise a rich and natural sound from its custom dynamic driver with moderate pricing placing it in direct comparison to some of the most acclaimed planar magnetic options on the market such as the Hifiman Sundara. Still, this is a unique approach and one that does feel well executed to boot.

The Phoenix sits just below the planar P-II in Sivga’s line-up at $299 USD. You can read all about it and treat yourself to a set on Sivga’s website. See also Sendy’s website for their premium planar offerings here.

Disclaimer –

I would like to thank Collin from Sivga and Mark from Capisco Ltd very much for their quick communication and for providing me with the Phoenix and Upgrade Pads for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the headphones free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.

Contents –

Specifications –

  • Driver: 50mm Dynamic Driver
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 103dB
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Weight: 296g

Behind the Design –

Special Film

The Phoenix’s dynamic driver features a uniquely developed polycarbonate film and independently developed diaphragm structure. The company specifies a clear focus on rigidity in order to reduce modal breakup at high frequencies. Meanwhile, a lightweight construction with copper-clad aluminium voice coil promise an agile transient response for a detailed, extended and low-distortion sound. This is enhanced by the adoption of a 3mm thick rubidium iron boron magnet that provides strong driver control and low-end drive. A 32-ohm impedance makes the Phoenix easy to drive.

Unboxing –

Sivga create a premium unboxing experience for the Phoenix with a gorgeous wood-grain and carbon-fibre textured hard box that slides open to reveal a zippered hard case. The case is excellent, moulded specifically for the Phoenix to provide a perfect, extra-secure fit during storage. It has a faux-leather texture and feels very well-constructed, four feet on its base enable the case to stand upright as well. Inside are the headphones and cable within a drawstring hessian pouch. Sivga also provide a 1/4″ adaptor for use with desktop amplifiers. Altogether, a well-considered and high-quality experience!

Design –

Immediately, it’s hard not to appreciate the gorgeous painted stainless steel and zebra wood build that stands out as a defining feature of this headphone. The Phoenix appears premium in materials and provides a timeless retro aesthetic with adjacent chrome and woodgrain drawing the eye. The metal hangers and headband are reasonably lightweight but feel sturdy in the hand, reinforced by well-weighted and smoothly articulating hinges. Due to its compact dimensions, the Phoenix also is far from a heavy headphone at just under 300g despite its construction mostly employing robust metal parts.

This experience is complemented by a slide-to-adjust suspension headband with a wide, padded goat leather strap. It feels super soft and, being authentic leather, should also hold up better over time than faux so long as it is appropriately maintained. The pads are super soft with memory foam interior that conforms well to the individual’s head shape. The sides are pleather, and the face made from a soft suede that provides a comfortable and slightly more breathable experience.

The cable attaches via 2.5mm mono plugs which is a less popular choice these days but still commonly available on aftermarket cables. Unfortunately, I am not so enthusiastic about the Phoenix’s stock cable which is thin and flimsy, barely thick enough to be an IEM cable. Albeit, the cable is very light and unobtrusive, it is also very compliant and doesn’t irk during listening. The connectors are metal and terminations have a nice strain-relief, the 3.5mm plug, in particular, employing a robust spring loaded one. Still, the thinness is a concern for longevity to me, I would like to have seen a more robust cable that better complements the build of the headphones themselves.

Fit & Isolation –

Looking over the design, I was expecting a very comfortable fit, however, the Phoenix’s compact dimensions means there are some concessions for all-day at-home listening. The headband has fairly limited adjustment relative to most competitors. I personally felt I required slightly more length as I was just able to fit the headphones with the setting maxed out. Otherwise, the headband is comfortable and didn’t form any hotspots for me over time. Though do keep in mind, that If you find yourself maxing out the slider on most headphones, the Phoenix may not fit.

In addition, while the earpads are soft and compliant, they are also very shallow. The opening is large enough to engulf my ears by a hair, however, the lack of width means the drivers are constantly pressed against them, causing soreness after an hour or two of listening. The discomfort was mild and I was able to listen for longer, though the Phoenix does feel more to me like a portable headphone than a full-size open-back as a result. The lightweight build and slim pads to me seem contradictory for an open-back design that is not ideal for portable use, and yet it almost appears geared towards it.

This may be the intention of the design as it does isolate considerably more than most open-back headphones, albeit not nearly to the extent of a closed-back model yet alone the stronger ANC performers out there around this price. This does mean they do in a pinch for basic commute. Still, they do leak sound which is not ideal for public transport. I feel the pad design is intentional to deliver the best sound, that said.

Upgrade Pads

For those concerned about the earpads, Sivga do offer OEM protein leather replacements that offer an additional half-centimetre of width for only $15. The pads are held in place by a twist lock like most competitors making pad swapping easy – though of note, they do rotate clockwise rather than anticlockwise to disengage so take care to twist in the right direction during removal. The company was kind enough to send over a pair for evaluation. Though they aren’t as breathable as the stock pads with an entirely faux leather construction without the velour of the stock pads, but do successfully provide more of an over-ear fit. For my ears, they were noticeably more comfortable for longer listening sessions as they reduced contact between the driver and my ears. I think this is a fine option and a reasonably priced extra, though do note that they will change the sound quite noticeably as I will touch on in the sound analysis below.

Next Page: Sound Breakdown

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Lenbrook Americas Launches New Finishes of DALI IO Wireless Hi-Fi Headphones

Highly popular DALI IO-4 and IO-6 models now available in two new stylish colours

PICKERING, ONTARIO, CANADA, March 17, 2021 – Lenbrook Americas, distributor for the DALI Loudspeakers brand in Canada and the United States, today announced the launch of two new finishes of the highly popular DALI IO-4 (U.S. MSRP $399) and DALI IO-6 headphones (U.S. MSRP $499). The headphones are now offered in two additional striking colour options – Army Green and Chalk White, and also feature the signature DALI red on the inside of the ear pad and visible wiring. The new IO-4 and IO-6 finishes will begin shipping in early April 2021.

Created for the modern music lover, the DALI IO-4 and DALI IO-6 are wireless, battery rechargeable hi-fi headphones. Both models are over-ear, closed-back designs, engineered to offer extremely high-quality sound reproduction. The new colour finishes join the existing offerings of Iron Black and Caramel White, giving consumers a wider colour palette from which to choose.

DALI IO-6 headphones

Both models incorporate DALI’s custom-made 50mm drivers with an optimised neodymium magnet system to achieve low distortion, minimal colouration and accurate dynamics, connectivity via Bluetooth 4.0 AAC and aptX HD, Clear Voice Communication (CMC) for calls, and an extremely intuitive user-interface.

Built for extended listening with a comfortable, natural, transparent sound that never tires, the DALI IO models feature memory foam ear pads, guaranteeing a comfortable, acoustically superior seal over the ear and ensuring a perfect sounding performance, while the soft synthetic leather finish adds maximum durability.

While both DALI IO-6 and DALI IO-4 offer the same cutting-edge audio technologies for the ultimate in high-performance, the IO-6 differs from the IO-4 by incorporating active noise cancellation (ANC), to cut out sound disturbances from the outside world as well as providing a separate, more powerful, amplification section. However, by foregoing ANC, the IO-4 doubles its battery life to an incredible 60-hours per charge.

DALI’s new IO-4 and IO-6 offer the perfect blend of portable sound: comfort, power and performance.

About DALI

DALI, (Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries), was established in 1983, and grew out of Scandinavia’s leading audio retail chain. Now distributed in 65 countries, and with more than 35 years of experience and global recognition, DALI holds unwavering dedication to sound that has advanced the state of the art, inspiring music and cinema lovers and challenging the competition to catch up. DALI is driven by raw passion for music and an honest reproduction in the domestic environment. Continuous development and refinement of new technologies remains core to DALI’s quest to create the best loudspeakers in the world. For more information, visit DALI-SPEAKERS.com

About Lenbrook Americas

Lenbrook Americas, a subsidiary of The Lenbrook Group of Companies, is the distributor of esteemed audio brands NAD Electronics, PSB Speakers, and Bluesound hi-res wireless products. Additionally, it also distributes DALI Loudspeakers in Canada and the United States, as well as Tivoli Audio and Master & Dynamic in Canada.

The Lenbrook Group of Companies is a privately held Canadian corporation who are the owners of NAD Electronics, PSB Speakers, Bluesound and Bluesound Professional. Formed in 1978, Lenbrook initially was a national distributor of electronics and communications products in Canada and has grown to become a leading global supplier to over 80 countries around the world.


Links:

DALI Website: http://www.dali-speakers.com
Lenbrook Americas Website: http://lenbrookamericas.com

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Focal Presents Clear Mg, New Luxury Headphones for The Home

March 16, 2021 - Focal, the French brand renowned worldwide for its audio expertise, unveils a new reference: Clear Mg. In addition to their sophisticated finishes, the sound reproduction of these open-back headphones is even sharper than that of their Clear predecessor. The luxury of Focal products lies in their performance and the experience they... Read More »

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Focal Presents Clear Mg, New Luxury Headphones for The Home

The following is a press release issued by Focal.

March 16, 2021Focal, the French brand renowned worldwide for its audio expertise, unveils a new reference: Clear Mg. In addition to their sophisticated finishes, the sound reproduction of these open-back headphones is even sharper than that of their Clear predecessor. The luxury of Focal products lies in their performance and the experience they offer, as well as in every detail that enhances the object to make it more than a set of headphones.

INNOVATIVE HEADPHONES MADE IN FRANCE

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. The sound reproduction is fine, precise and impactful, for a strikingly realist sound. Combined with an amplifier/DAC, Clear Mg headphones display impressive performance. Thanks to an impedance of 55 Ohms, they can also be used without compromise with a portable audio player. The St. Étienne brand first positioned itself on the global market of Hi-Fi headphones in 2016. This unique savoir-faire, combined with French manufacturing mastered in its own workshops, has led Focal to be recognized by the French state as a Living Heritage Company (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant).

 

SOPHISTICATED DESIGN AND MATERIALS: AN ELEGANT OBJECT

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 aluminum yoke has been developed to perfectly mold to the face, the headband covered in genuine leather and microfiber offers a constant curve, no matter which way the head turns, and the perforated microfiber earpads result in enhanced opening and comfort. The outside of the earpads boasts a sophisticated honeycomb pattern: an elegance contributed to by the brand-new Chestnut and Mixed-Metals finish which blend classic and modern looks. For a perfect package, the carrying case has been woven in colors to match the headphones.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The Focal Clear Mg will be $1,490, and available in the US in March 2021. For more information on Focal products visit here, https://www.focal.com/us/headphones/for-home/clear-mg.

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Focal Presents Clear Mg, New Luxury Headphones for The Home

March 16, 2021Focal, the French brand renowned worldwide for its audio expertise, unveils a new reference: Clear Mg. In addition to their sophisticated finishes, the sound reproduction of these open-back headphones are even sharper than that of their Clear predecessor. The luxury of Focal products lies in their performance and the experience they offer, as well as in every detail that enhances the object to make it more than a set of headphones.

INNOVATIVE HEADPHONES

MADE IN FRANCE

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. The sound reproduction is fine, precise and impactful, for a strikingly realist sound. Combined with an amplifier/DAC, Clear Mg headphones display impressive performance. Thanks to an impedance of 55 Ohms, they can also be used without compromise with a portable audio player. The St. Étienne brand first positioned itself on the global market of Hi-Fi headphones in 2016. This unique savoir-faire, combined with French manufacturing mastered in its own workshops, has led Focal to be recognized by the French state as a Living Heritage Company (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant).

SOPHISTICATED DESIGN AND MATERIALS: AN ELEGANT OBJECT

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 aluminum yoke has been developed to perfectly mold to the face, the headband covered in genuine leather and microfiber offers a constant curve, no matter which way the head turns, and the perforated microfiber earpads result in enhanced opening and comfort. The outside of the earpads boasts a sophisticated honeycomb pattern: an elegance contributed to by the brand-new Chestnut and Mixed-Metals finish which blend classic and modern looks. For a perfect package, the carrying case has been woven in colors to match the headphones.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The Focal Clear Mg will be $1490, and available in the US in March 2021. For more information on Focal products visit here, https://www.focal.com/us/headphones/for-home/clear-mg.

ABOUT FOCAL NAIM NORTH AMERICA

Born from the merger of Focal, world leader in acoustic sound made in France, and Naim Audio, world leader in British-made hi-fi electronics, Vervent Audio Group’s brand subsidiaries signal a new investment phase and direction for Vervent in the US and Canada. By creating its own distribution entity, the group is striving to turn the North American territory into the market leader for Focal which turned 40 in 2019, and Naim which just turned 45.

For more information on each brand visit: www.focal.com, www.naimaudio.com. Focal Naim America: www.focalnaimamerica.com.

ABOUT VERVENT AUDIO GROUP

Vervent Audio Group was born in 2011, incorporating Focal and Naim Audio. Each brand brings its own expertise: Focal is a French manufacturer of loudspeaker technologies and hi-fi speakers, whose expertise extends to pro-audio speakers, in-car audio, custom install products and headphones. Naim is a renowned British electronics specialist, specializing in two-channel Hi-Fi, multi-room music streaming systems, amplifiers and music servers. Both are recognized as exceptional brands in their countries: Naim is a multiple Queen’s Award winner, while Focal is designated by the French state as an Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant. Together, they have united their unique areas of excellence & innovation and constitute a High-Fidelity reference point in the world. Vervent Audio’s key markets are Europe, Asia and North America; strategic territories in which the Group open Focal Powered by Naim flagship stores.

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Media Contact:

Wendy S. Knowles

Head of PR, Focal Naim America

[email protected]

+1 (813) 447-9035

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