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Focal's Listen Wireless headphone has an audiophile temperamentThe Bluetooth version of the French audio company's highly rated Listen headphone pushes the presence along with some tight bass.
You may not have heard of French audio company, Focal, but audiophiles admire its impressive headphones, and the Listen Wireless is the company's first crack at a mainstream premium Bluetooth headphone. This $300 model looks similar to the wired Listen, but it has a more eye-catching glossy black finish instead of brushed silver. It folds up to fit in an included neoprene carrying case And also comes with a cable for those times when you want to go wired. The headphone feels sturdily built, although at 300 grams it's slightly heavy. And while I found it was pretty comfortable to wear, it isn't as comfortable as Bose QuietComfort 35. I thought it performed well and has a dedicated on-off switch which I like. Impaired and repaired without a problem and maintain a steady Bluetooth connection. I thought it also work well as a headset for making calls and there's NFC. Tap to [UNKNOWN] technology for devices that support it. Battery life is rated at up to 20 hours of listening time, which is decent, no complaints there. Like the wired listen, this model features rich refined sound with punchy well-defined bass. A relatively open-area sound for a closed-back headphone. The only problem I have with the sound is that while this headphone sounded great with some material, it is a tad bright. It's designed to be revealing, which makes it a little unforgiving with some tracks that extra bit of presence in the treble boost can lead to a touch too much sizzle. And perhaps, even some listening fatigue. My advice is to give this headphone a listen before buying it because it's well worth listening to, it's just one of those headphones that some people are going to love more than others. I'm David Carnoy for CNET.com. That's the Focal Listen Wireless, thanks for watching.