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Focal Sphear: Audiophile-grade in-ear headphones for less than $200A smooth tonal balance and a comfy fit distinguish the Focal Sphear from the competition.
[MUSIC] This is the Sphear, an in-ear headphone that's made in France by a company called Focal. It's the company's first in-ear headphone, and it's one of the better ones out there for $179. Here's what makes it good. For starters it's light weight, very comfortable to wear, and it stays in your ears. It also seems sturdily built and comes with a thick main cord that terminates in an l-shaped plug. The mic on the cable is located high up on the left cord, close to your mouth for making calls, while the single button remote is conveniently located farther down on the cable at the y-junction. A decent carrying case is included along with various tips to help ensure you get a good seal. While the spear is considered a noise isolating headphone, it does let in a bit more ambient noise than your typical noise isolating headphone, even so sound quality is excellent. The bass is ripe and full, treble is pleasantly crisp. Detailed and clear and mid range presence in body art exceptional. If the headphone has a fault, instead it's a bit too revealing and could bring out the harshness and compressed music in poorly recorded tracks. But overall, this is a headphone you can wear for long stretches at a time without experiencing listening fatigue. It's well worth considering if you're looking for an audio file grade in your headphone for a Semi-affordable price. I'm David [UNKNOWN], that's the Focal Sphere, thanks for watching.