Focal Spirit One S Closed Over-Ears for $79 [updated]

UPDATE 12/6/17 at 10:31am ET: wow I jinxed them 🙂 The listings by AudioLAB sold out, but remaining is the listing on eBay by another seller Gear4Less (100%, Tennessee) for $79 [WAS $69] with free shipping.

Price updated here on 11/9/17 AM…

Before FOCAL generated a lot of buzz with their ELEAR/Utopia audiophile headphones, they released a few consumer price tier headphones. One of them is the closed-back over-ear Focal Spirit One S and its price has been steadily dropping.

These sold out: it is now going for $70 with free shipping by AudioLAB which offers it fulfilled by Amazon (free 2-day Prime shipping) and also through their eBay store.

Open-box Focal ELEAR for $689 + S&H [updated]

UPDATE 12/9/17 at 11:20am ET: the price now is $689 for all listings…

UPDATE 12/7/17 at 9:26am ET: now we are up to four separate listings, the price range remains the same…

UPDATE 12/6/17 at 11:33am ET: now we are down to two listings instead of three…

With the new CLEAR headphones coming in between the ELEAR and the UTOPIA, we have movement on the ELEAR pricing front. These came out at $1000. At the moment there are three open-box listings of these at Adorama with prices ranging from $669 to $689 depending on condition. Shipping is extra and starts around $14 (YMMV slightly based on zipcode).

PS: if you don’t see any headphones at the linked page, it means all three listings have sold out.

In-Stock Now: FOCAL Clear for $1500 [4 left]

Never Fear, Focal Clear is Here! As of the time of writing, there are four units of the new FOCAL CLEAR open-back over-ear headphone at its starting price of $1500 by seller Audio Advice sold through Amazon. This ships directly from Audio Advice (real world B&M A/V stores), but if you are a Prime member, as part of a lesser-known Prime benefit, you still get Prime-like delivery speed for free. You can tell this by paying attention to the listing details:

Or if you can purchase it directly from Audio Advice with free 2-day shipping with FedEx Ground or Express.

Focal Spirit One S Closed Over-Ears for $74+

The price war on one of the earlier (pre Elear/Utopia hype) Focal headphones continues! The new condition closed-back over-ear Focal Spirit One S prices dropped further down since our previous post about it ten days ago:

+ for $74 by marketplace seller with the order fulfilled by Amazon (free 2-day shipping for Prime members)

+ for $80 by the audioLAB eBay store (free shipping)

+ for $85 by Electronics EXPO thru Walmart

+ for $88 by Electronics EXPO through NewEgg

Focal Spirit One S Closed Over-Ears for $89

UPDATE 11/16/17: the prices have dropped since the original post…

We have a bit of a price war on one of the earlier (pre Elear/Utopia hype) Focal headphones. The closed-back over-ear Focal Spirit One S is on sale in new condition for $89 by AudioLAB fulfilled by Amazon (free 2-day shipping for Prime members) and also for the same price by the audioLAB eBay store (free shipping, but obviously not Prime shipping).

The other option is for $90 with free shipping, this one offered by Electronics Expo, either through NewEgg (until next Saturday) or thru Walmart. Either way, it ships directly from Electronics Expo.

Open-Box FOCAL Utopia for $2300 with coupon

The new condition FOCAL Utopia goes for $4000, but if you are comfortable with open-box headphones, coupon code OCTOBER17 drops it to $2300 in open-box condition at Adorama for a limited time.

This sets up a 3-way decision now as you have the new FOCAL CLEAR that just came out at RMAF 2017 for $1500, and the open-box ELEAR going for $550.

So you have $550 VS $1500 vs $2300, replacing the previous $1000 vs $4000. Definitely closer-to-Earth pricing, especially for the ELEAR.

PS: if you are not sure how to test the coupon code, follow the steps in our open-box ELEAR post. I dont’ want to repeat them everywhere 🙂

Open-Box FOCAL Elear for $550 with coupon

During the RMAF 2017 festivities, up high in the Rockies, FOCAL showed their new CLEAR (yes, that’s the name) audiophile headphone that sits between the ELEAR and the UTOPIA and is priced at $1500. There are a couple of videos on it posted the last few hours on The YouTube.

If the CLEAR price is not …cleared by your Spouse/CFO but you still want FOCAL audiophile headphones, there is an alternative. The FOCAL Elear are available in open-box condition for $550 with coupon code OCTOBER17 at Adorama.com. The price before you enter the coupon code is $999.

If you are not familiar with how their website works, step by step instructions after the break…

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Open-box Focal Spark Wireless IEMs for $75

While the FOCAL four-figures audiophiles are wondering and wandering about the miracles of wonders of the new FOCAL CLEAR that is allegedly going to be priced somewhere between the ELEAR ($1000) and the UTOPIA ($4000) according to the HeadFi CanJam RMAF 2017 Preview Show [YouTube embedded below, the Focal Clear is the first headphone teased], we have a discount on the Focal Spark bluetooth earphones.

Both colors are available in open-box condition by authorized dealer HiDef Lifestyle, offering them for $75 with free shipping (instead of their $100 new condition authorized dealer price) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This link shows the lowest price by color. Click on “See all offers for this product” next to the color’s name to see the expanded listings per color.

They average 3.4 out of 5 based on a lucky 13 customer reviews at Amazon.

Focal Spirit One S Closed Over-Ears for $100 [was $80]

One of the earlier FOCAL headphone models is currently on sale on eBay, it is the new condition FOCAL Spirit ONE S closed-back over-ear headphones going for $100 [WAS $80] with free shipping by eBay seller Gear4Less (100%, Memphis (TN)), with a limit of five pairs per customer.

Per the eBay listing, this is factory sealed, with original accessories included such as a semi-hard case, a cloth pouch, and adapters.

These came out before the Elear/Utopia duo, the early days of FOCAL’s forage into headphoolia 🙂

Price updated in this blog-post on 9/28/17 AM…

Open-Box Focal Sphear In-Ears for $60

The new condition FOCAL Sphear in-ears go for $90 at authorized dealers, but if you are willing to go “The Way of The Used”, you can get them in “Used – Very Good” Open-Box condition by real-world A/V retailer “HiDEF Lifecycle” through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from HiDef, so it is not Prime eligible.

The earphones average 3.9 out of 5 based on 138 customer reviews.

[DEAD] FOCAL Listen Closed Over-Ears returns to $199

As of a late 9/19/17 re-check, these sold out again…

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[DEAD] FOCAL Listen Closed Over-Ears for $199

As of 9/17/17 re-check, the $199 option is no longer available…

The new condition FOCAL Listen closed-back over-ear headphones are on sale for $199 with free shipping by authorized dealer “Gramophone” with the orders fulfilled by Amazon. As of the time of writing, there are two units available from this seller at this price. The other sellers go for $249. These are the wired model, they average 4.7 out of 5 based on 14 customer reviews.

The wireless (bluetooth) model goes for $300 in new condition, but as of the time of writing, they are available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $234~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual.

Open-box Focal Spark bluetooth earphones for $79

The Focal Spark bluetooth earphones go for $99 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you want to get your Focal fix for less, they are available in open-box condition (“Used – Like New”) with all conditions and inspected by the seller, authorized dealer “Listen UP” of Colorado, selling it thru Amazon. This ships directly from LISTEN UP and it is not Prime eligible.

[DEAD] Used FOCAL Listen Bluetooth Over-Ears for $237 [WAS $248]

As of a 9/11/17 re-check, all the used options are sold out at Amazon…

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[DEAD] FOCAL ELEAR Open Over-Ears for $699

This limited time sale ended…

Hide your wallets! Or call your Spouse aka CFO to authorize this purchase! The new condition FOCAL ELEAR open-back over-ear headphones are on sale, in new condition, for a limited time for $699 with free shipping at Adorama.com. They are an authorized dealer, they come with the 2-year Focal warranty.

[DEAD] FOCAL Utopia Open Over-Ears for $2999

This limited time sale ended…

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Focal Elear + Astell & Kern AK 100 II for $1150

Hide your wallet or call your Spouse CFO to get pre-authorization for this! The Focal Elear headphones are now available as a bundle at Adorama! For $1150 with free shipping you can get the new condition Focal Elear with the Astell & Kern AK 100 II together!

The Elear go for $1000 on their own while the AK 100 II has a regular price of $900, but it is currently on sale for $539 at select dealers. This is a limited time offer!

So in other words, you can see this offer as buy the Focal Elear and add the AK 100 II for $150 more. You can always sell or trade or gift the Astell which is a DAP, DAC and amp.

Adorama is an authorized dealer of both. This is a limited time offer!

Focal Utopia + iFi PRO iCAN Head Amp + Astell&Kern AK 100 II DAP/DAC/amp for $4000

The FOCAL Utopia flagship headphone goes for $4000 in new condition at authorized dealers. For a limited time, authorized dealer Adorama.com is it in a bundle with a FREE iFi and Astell and Kern for the same price of $4000 with free shipping.

The two free items are:

  • iFi Pro iCAN Headphone Amplifier
  • Astell and Kern AK 100 II DAP/DAC/amp (which is also available in the Elear bundle)

The ifi PRO head-amp currently goes for $1700 but occasionally goes on sale for $1300. The AK 100 II is currently on sale at authorized dealers for $539 with a $900 regular price.

So these are definitely not throwaway freebies 🙂 But if you don’t want them, you can always trade them or sell them or gift them to friends and families and such. They could end up subsidizing a chunk of the Utopia purchase price 🙂

This is a limited time offer!

PS: if you were 49.95% vs 49.95% on whether to get this bundle, this may help tilt the scales: they are also including a Pig Hog 1/4″ TRS Female to 3.5mm (1/8″) Male Stereo Adapter for free 🙂

New IEM Arrival: Focal Sphear S for $129

We have a new arrival! The Focal Sphear S in-ears that were previously announced, focal’s follow-up to the “Sphear” are now in-stock and shipping for $129 by multiple authorized dealers as follows:

+ OneCall.com (aka Huppin’s)

+ various at Amazon

+ authorized eBay sellers: HiDef Lifestyle and Redfli (Indiana)

Focal is now riding high(er) in the headphone world thanks to the hype train generated by the Elear and Utopia duo. Their entry into headphones had been a rather timid approach at the $300-ish price range, but their second wave went high (Utopia, Elear) and low (affordable models) in terms of pricing.

Ends July 23: Daily FOCAL headphone giveways (Listen Over-Ears or Spark earphones)

UPDATE: Last Call! This daily FOCAL giveaway promotion ends on Sunday July 23!

Reputable online dealer OneCall, which is also the B&M A/V dealer Huppin’s in the city of Spokane (Washington) [yes, Gonzaga, Go ZAGS!] is an authorized FOCAL dealer and until July 23rd in 2017, they are running a daily giveaway of FOCAL headphones.

The prizes are either the FOCAL Listen over-ears (wired or bluetooth) and the Spark earphones (wired or bluetooth). One person will win a pair every day. It is not clear which one of the four models you’ll win on that particular date or whether you have a choice. You can register for this promotion every day.

The promotion is administered by Gleam, and requires a login using email or Facebook or Amazon or Instagram. The page shows the total number of entries, so you can look at those and decide whether you want to take a shot at them. You can enter every day until the promotion ends.

To make it easier to find this, I am adding a link to this in the Sidebar of the blog.

Used Focal Listen Closed Wired Over-Ears for $179

Just like it happened when V-Moda went bluetooth with the Crossfade over-ears, the release of a new bluetooth headphone is causing the previous wired-only model to drop in price. In this case, the release of the brand new Focal Listen Wireless has pushed down the used prices of the wired Focal Listen over-ears.

You can get it in “Used – Like New” condition (open box condition) from authorized dealer “IQ Entertainment” through Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) for $179 with free shipping. They ship directly from IQ Entertainment, which is a B&M A/V store in the great state of Virginia. The IQ listing says this comes with a full warranty as they are an authorized dealer.

AWD’s own listing is $207~ in “Used – Like New” condition. AWD’s actual (Amazon’s own inventory) makes no promises of any manufacturer warranty, but they offer a 30-day return policy.

Now shipping: Focal Listen Wireless Over-Ears for $299

FOCAL expanded their consumer headphone line-up last month with more over-ears and earphones. The more expensive model of this batch is the Focal Listen Wireless Over-Ears, and said model is now in-stock and shipping for $299 by HifiDef Lifestyle thru Amazon, with more retailers coming up in a few days/weeks.

Used FOCAL Elear Open Over-Ears for $800

The new condition FOCAL Elear open-back over-ear headphones go for $1000 at authorized dealers, but if you are comfortable with used headphones, they are currently available in “Used – Like New” by seller “Audio Fanatic” (100%, California) through Amazon Warehouse Deals.

Now shipping: new Focal Spark Wired and Wireless Earphones

Focal is back with two new double-figure earphones as part of their new more fashion-y “Spark” line. One is wired, the other is wireless (bluetooth), covering both preferences. Both have 3-button in-wire remote controls, the wired for phone control, and the wireless for bluetooth controls.

And they are already in-stock and shipping from a handful of different recognizable sellers at Amazon. The Spark Wired go for $69 in either black or silver color schemes, while the Spark Wireless go for $99 in the same color combinations.

Or if you prefer to shop away from Amazon, all four combinations are in-stock at authorized dealer OneCall.com, which is the online website of B&M A/V retailer Huppin’s, not far from Final Four heartbroken darlings, the ZAGS! 🙂

[DEAD] Used Focal Classic Over-Ears for $144

As of a 5/15/17 recheck, the used options are sold out…

The Focal Classic closed-back over-ears, part of the first wave of FOCAL’s entry into headphones, before the Elear/Utopia $$$hype train$$$, currently go for $169 in new condition, but if you want to save some more, you can get them in “Used – Like New” condition (damaged original packaging) for $144~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual.

Used Focal Listen Closed Over-Ears for $220

This is the first time I recall seeing this available as used, but the discount is not big. The Focal Listen closed over-ears go for $250 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you are fond of used, you can get them in “Used – Good” condition (no details specified) for $220~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual.

While we are focusing on Focal (pun intended), their new condition Sphear in-Ears go for $90 (AudioLAB thru Amazon, Prime eligible), while their closed-back over-ear Spirit Classic go for $169 (same seller).

The Classic were part of the first wave of Focal headphones, before the Elear-Utopia hype train 🙂

Focal Classic Over-Ears AND Sphear In-Ears for $268

If you want a “Focal Value Meal”, AudioLAB through Amazon is offering a bundle of one over-ear and one in-ear, together for $268 with free shipping (not Prime eligible). The bundle is the Focal Classic closed over-ears AND the Sphear in-ear (a rhyme-y thing).

Used Focal Elear Open Over-Ears for $819

The open-back over-ear Focal Elear go for $1000 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you are comfortable buying them used, they are available in “Used – Like New” condition for $819 with free shipping by marketplace seller “Audio Fanatic” (100%, 81 ratings) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. They are not Prime eligible.

PS: ignore the “Just Launched” sellers with the ridiculous low prices and the “email us before buying”. They are harvesting data and worse.

[DEAD] Used Focal Elear Open Over-Ears for $829

As of a 3/31/17 late re-check, this is no longer available from this seller at this price…

The open-back over-ear Focal Elear go for $1000 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you are comfortable buying them used, they are available in “Used – Like New” condition for $829 with free shipping by marketplace seller “Audio Fanatic” (100%, 81 ratings) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. They are not Prime eligible.

Focal Listen Closed Over-Ears for $200 w/coupon

More eBay coupon action, use coupon code C20SPRING over there to get the new condition Focal Listen Closed Over-Ears for $200 with free shipping by World Wide Stereo on eBay. The coupon drops it from $250 to $200. It is a 20% off coupon, with the maximum discount capped at $50. So the bang-for-the-buck purchase amount for this promotion (which expires 3/27/17 night) is $250.

PS: I can’t post them all, there are over 260 headphones and overall, over 400 products in the headphone related categories, so if you feel like “fishing”, there are many deal-fish to catch.

Used Focal Sphear In-Ears for $70

The new condition Focal Sphear in-ears currently go for $100, but if you are comfortable with used earphones, seller “AudioSurplus” (98%, 8920 ratings) is offering them in “Used – Like New” condition for $65~ + $5~ flat shipping through Amazon Warehouse Deals. They ship directly from AudioSurplus and they are not Prime eligible.

The listing has a picture of the actual used item. Their description says it was used a couple of times, then sanitized and reboxed in original packaging.

Focal Spirit One S Closed Over-Ears for $90

The closed-back over-ear Focal Spirit One S headphones are currently offered as one of the NewEgg Flash featured sales for $90 with free shipping. These are sold by Electronics Expo through NewEgg Flash. Offer ends Thursday next week.

Meanwhile the Focal Spirit Classic, another one of their first wave of headphones, continues to go for $169 with free shipping, in new condition, by AudioLAB on Amazon and by AudioLAB on eBay.

The breakout success of the Focal Elear at the audiophile four-figure tier (yes, yes, it’s $999.99 but it rounds to $1000 #ShoppingMath), and the flagship sticker-shock of the Utopia (at least they gave it a name to match (and explain) the price) have brought some of their earlier headphones back into the spotlight.

FOCAL Spirit Classic for $169

The closed-back over-ear Focal Spirit Classic, part of the first wave of Focal headphones, before they launched the Elear-Utopia hype train, is further discounted, now going for $169 with free shipping, in new condition, by AudioLAB on Amazon and by AudioLAB on eBay.

Meanwhile the Focal Spirit One S are available in Open-Box “Used – Like New” condition for $99 with free shipping by authorized dealer Gramophone via AWD.

Focal Spirit Classic Over-Ears drop to $169 [updated]

Focal is riding high among some audiophile circles these days thanks to the Elear’s performance and the sticker-shock price of the Utopia, and the extra spotlight is bringing back out of the shadows some of their earlier headphone attempts.

The closed-back over-ear Focal Spirit Classic is further discounted, now going for $169 with free shipping by AudioLAB thru AudioLAB on Amazon and AudioLAB on eBay.

UPDATE 2/21/17: as of this re-check, the price dropped from $189 to $169…

Focal Spirit One S Closed Over-Ears for $125

The closed-back over-ear Focal Spirit One S headphones are currently offered for $125 with free shipping by “HiDef Lifestyle” with the order fulfilled by Amazon. They come with a case, a pouch, and other extras.