"All-in-all, the Elear is exactly what I would expect to see in a $1000 headphone...it's just shockingly satisfying to actually see it. This is an absolutely gorgeous headphone, extremely well designed and built. If the sound is as good as its build, this thing is a knock-out."
- Tyll Hertsens (Innerfidelity)
"The mid-range frequencies are absolutely top notch. Lush and detailed with a nice body to them, these mids are up there with some of the best I’ve heard. Guitar, piano, and vocals were all rendered with a pleasing fullness. As big as the bass is, it doesn’t seem to intrude on the mids at all, leaving them feeling neither recessed nor forward. There are many people out there who still use the Sennheiser HD 650 because they’ve never found a headphone that can give them the same experience as a well-driven 650. Those people will definitely want to give the Elear a listen as this feels like a very natural and worthy upgrade from that venerable classic."
- Dan Browdy (audiohead)
"While the Utopia headphones are designed for the most critical audiophiles, the Focal Elear open-back headphones are meant to offer similar performance at a more affordable price point."
- Kris Wouk (Digital Trends)
"Forget anything you think you know about Focal headphones today. None of the headphones Focal has made before now could have prepared us for Elear. Focal is best known for high-end, artisanal speakers that are handmade in France, but its headphones have been built to more, shall we say, modest expectations. Three years in development, Focal built a new production line at its plant in France just to build its Utopia and Elear headphones with the same care and attention that goes into its speakers."
- Wade Robson (Audioholics)
Read all the Elear press reviews here