Reviews by Topic

Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Price Point

Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX

(1/1)

These headphones sound great and are very affordable, but just know what you are getting. If you're looking for some great sounding headphones to listen to around your house using a headphone amp, these would be a great buy. But if you're looking for something to take to the gym, or use at work you'll probably want to look elsewhere. Pros - Excellent sound quality

Positive
Kyuss75
3 years ago

Focal Clear

(1/1)

2. Sundaras: everyone was lauding them as the best headphone under $500 and then some; 4XX didnt really give me any reason to keep it, no competition to the Sundaras; HD 560S was bought to get the Sennheiser comfort (and they live up to that); Focal Elex was bought because Andrew from the Headphone Show got a unit that was almost as good as the Focal Clear, I decided to roll the dice; Focal Clear was bought because I liked how the left driver of my defective Focal Elex sounded, so I begged my local hifi dealer to sell me the Focal Clears for the equivalent of $900 USD (and success, thank you Addicted to Audio); Focal Elex were returned for a refund to the abysmal company known as Drop.

Neutral
SaladTheDankEngine
2 years ago

Sound Quality

Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX

(1/3)

My wife disagrees, but I think movies sound punchier and more intimate on grado cans. And they have the side benefit of letting two people listen to something and just talk like nothing since they leak like mad. But again, all round? These babies, hands down.

Positive
Colin M.
5 months ago

Focal Clear

(1/5)

My first listening experience with the Focal Clear was nice, but something felt missing. As I kept jumping between various portable headphones and the Clear, the Focals consistently felt undernourished in terms of bass. I recount this experience only because I suspect it would be a very common one for most Verge readers. When you come to headphones like these, you’ll find yourself feeling somehow shortchanged

Negative
Vlad Savov
2 months ago

Comfort

Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX

(1/2)

All-day comfortable with ease (they can get a tiny bit warm with the alcantara pads in a hot room, but not even close to unacceptable) and utterly zero squeaks or creaks (looking at you, Audio Technica AD700's) The one, ONLY gripe I have with them is the nice cable they have is too short for anything other than a desktop amp or device RIGHT in front of you. BUT, it's replaceable, and lots of companies make cables for them. Side benefit is you can get a balanced cable for them, and if you get a BTR5 as well, that amp has a balanced output option. So they can sound EVEN BETTER

Positive
Colin M.
5 months ago

Focal Clear

(1/1)

These headphones will neither fall off from being too loose nor become painful from clinging on too tight. They’re also, dare I say, compact for a pair of ultra high-end headphones; I can wear them around my neck easily and they don’t produce the Princess Leia look of something like the MrSpeakers Ether Flow.

Positive
Vlad Savov
2 months ago

Fit

Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX

(1/1)

It's not long enough for comfortable PC/ living room AV receiver use for me, so I ordered a replacement cable when I bought the headphone. The replacement cable is that red one that everybody else is buying. I clipped the "braided" part off, and now they're really cool looking red cables. They click really nicely into the headphones - better click than the stock cable

Positive
Samantha
1 year ago

Focal Clear

(1/1)

The Focal Clear Mg are audiophile headphones with a very premium design and a comfortable fit. They're the next generation of the Focal Clear, and unlike their predecessor, their drivers have M-shaped inverted magnesium domes. These are advertised to improve their damping capacities as well as make them lighter and more rigid. They have a smooth and warm sound profile that reproduces clear and accurate vocals and lead instruments

Positive
Dagobiet Morales Alfaro
2 months ago

Warranty

Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX

(1/1)

Customer service is not amazing. Warranty is nothing special. Oh, and the stock cable is a cable. It's not great

Negative
Samantha
1 year ago

Focal Clear

(1/2)

But here’s the upside to this tale: if you make it out of the bass basement and just trust these headphones to show you what they’re capable of on their own terms, you’ll be deeply, profoundly satisfied. My eye-opening moment came when a good friend recommended Sentimental Swingers to me, a Bulgarian swing trio that does the sort of music I practically never listen to. It was while I enjoyed the trumpets and trombone of Unemployed Lovers that I really felt an affinity with the Focal Clears. I stopped looking for that earth-shaking bass and just enjoyed the music presented to me

Positive
Vlad Savov
2 months ago

Durability

Focal Clear

(1/2)

These headphones will neither fall off from being too loose nor become painful from clinging on too tight. They’re also, dare I say, compact for a pair of ultra high-end headphones; I can wear them around my neck easily and they don’t produce the Princess Leia look of something like the MrSpeakers Ether Flow.

Positive
Vlad Savov
2 months ago