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Focal Listen headphone: Premium sound, moderate priceDesigned for mobile use, Focal's new closed-back, over-ear headphone sounds excellent for $250.
[MUSIC] You may not have heard of french company Focal but it makes some very good sounding headphones and this is it's new Listen closed back over your headphone which retails for $249. Although this is a full size headphone, it's designed for mobile use and works just fine with mobile phones. And it has a one button remote and microphone integrated into the cord, which is detachable. It may not look super stylish, but it is very comfortable with plush ear pads that do a good job sealing out ambient noise. It also has a folding design. And while the included neoprene case isn't fancy, it is functional. I really like the way this headphone sounded. It offers well-balanced sound with excellent detail and potent tight bass. Yeah, $250 isn't cheap but Focal makes some very high end models including the new $4,000 Utopia and $1,000 Elear. And this is certainly cheap by comparison and a good deal for what it does offer at this price point. I'm David Carnoy for CNET.com, and that's the Focal Listen Headphone. Thanks for watching. [BLANK_AUDIO]