Massdrop x Focal Elex Headphones

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  • Great for those who want a more balanced sound
  • Ear pads are comfortable and have good noise isolation
  • Headphones are lightweight and easy to carry around with you
  • Sound is well balanced
  • Product is well made


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Hands down best sounding over ear headphones money can buy
You said your budget is around $500 and wanted great sound and good bass and comfort… check out the Focal Elex. For a little less, Hifiman Sundara
Lost my gamble with Hifiman QC twice in a row, alternatives to Sundara?
In terms of technical performance they're some of the best under $1000. If you don't want to EQ I'd take a look at the Focal Elex they have good technical performance, a pretty nice frequency response, and are built pretty well.
Find myself going back to my 4xx especially with EQ, what’s the next step up?
I second the focal elex. Easily one of my favorite headphones. The dynamics on it are insane and it has a great frequency response to go along with it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the clear sound of the Sundara, but I returned mine due to the very poor build quality. I'm chasing that really clear sound signature on another headphone, would I enjoy the DT1990 Pro?
Try Sennheiser HD560S or Focal Elex. DT1990 has problematic treble, way out of line for its asking price. Sundara truly is an anomaly, regarding sound quality for the price it is unmatched. In your place, I'd still go for another pair of Sundara.
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600+$ open back headphones for gaming and music.
The focal elex was my first high end headphone and it is still my favorite. It's an absolute monster of a headphone and you will not be disappointed by it.
Upgrade from Hifiman he400i 2020?
I think you might be interested in taking a look at the Focal Elex (700€) on or even the Focal Clear on (990€ if the discount is still valid).
Other than that, maybe take a look at Dan Clark Audios offerings.
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LCD-2 classic vs Vocale Elex vs other(post in comments)
I prefer the LCD-2 Classic because it's warm and dark with great bass. But the Focal Elex is more normal sounding.
What's a headphone you used to hate and now you love?
I didn't have a great tube in the CTH and I could hear the flaws of the included electro harmonix better with the Elex, 5k peak was too prominent and vocals sounded edgy. Dynamic nature was over-emphasized.
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What headphones (under $1000) are you dying to listen to but can’t because of money?
Hifiman Ananda, Focal Elex, Goldplanar GL2000, anything of the Sennheiser HD600 series (and also the 58x, and HD800/800s/820), and maybe the Audeze LCD-2C. In terms of IEMs, I think maybe the Thieaudio Monarch and Clairvoyance, and the Kinera Nanna.
Upgraded to the LCD-2C from the X2-HR. I love them.
One good thing about these is their drivers are so capable to deal with EQ, unlike its contender Focal Elex.