Focal Spirit Professional – Best headphone for critical listening

Focal Spirit Professional


A French company enters the mix whose headphones represent a superclass above the rest in providing a genuinely neutral sound experience. And it may sound like a bold statement, but this headphone is one of the best when it comes to critical listening.

Here On top of a detailed sound, the ear cups are adjustable at different angles meaning that you will be able to get the perfect fit. The memory foam helps you greatly for noise isolation as the cups will mold to your ears and will seal in the musical goodness; thus it is providing a better than average noise isolation experience.

The Focal Spirit could be a bit gentler, regarding comfort. The headband is wrapped in leatherette with a soft foam pad on the area that touches your head. And we found the clamping to be a little bit tight, but over time it does relax – it just takes a while to break in.

And the closest sounding headphones to this pair is Audio Technica’s ATH-50x which are more comfortable but do not provide the astoundingly precise sound that we have seen (or heard) here. However; it should be noted here, that the ATH-50x is significantly cheaper and does provide a better value for the price range.

Focal has shown an unwavering commitment to an objective and clean audio experience, they have achieved that with the Focal Spirit Professional. As an audio professional if you are looking for a top-notch studio monitor, you will be hard-pressed to find a better pair of headphones at a range of sub $400.



  • Outstanding sound production
  • Cable with remote and microphone
  • Solid sound isolation
  • Adjustable ear cups



  • A headband is a bit tight at first


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