Listen Professional circum-aural closed back headphones are the essential work tool for music production. They confirm Focal's ambition to establish itself as a leader in the professional headphone market. Sound engineers have total control over their work, whether they're in the studio or on a business trip. Besides their undisputable acoustic performance, they also provide maximum comfort. Available at an affordable price, these headphones won't fail to amaze users through their high-quality audio and dynamics, which can often only be experienced with more expensive headphones. The tonal balance and the capacity to reproduce the entire audio spectrum with acute precision make them the essential ally for monitoring transfer quality.
Listen Professional has been designed to meet the demands of sound engineers and music producers. Listen Professional circum-aural closed back headphones are the fruit of this research, and are an essential tool for giving sound engineers total control over their work, whether in the studio or on a business trip. Besides their undisputable acoustic performance, they also provide maximum comfort.
Focal's numerous exclusive patents and technologies are proof of the extreme attention the French manufacturer pays to designing its speaker drivers. The transducer in Listen Professional headphones proves this even more. They have been given a newly developed cone. The goal was to provide a solution which respects the dynamics of the original signal, while reproducing the details of the recording with precision, whether in the low end or the high end. Although these are closed-back headphones, Focal wanted them to sound lively, and offer an experience similar to that with semi-open-back headphones, with the additional benefit of the isolation provided by closed-back designs.
FOR FREQUENT AND INTENSIVE USE
Listen Professional is also equipped with a headband boasting a unique design to ensure comfort and durability. Its curve remains consistent, regardless of the shape or size of the user's head. Combined with the layer of silicone underneath the headband, this ensures that the weight is spread out evenly over the head, preventing the user from feeling any pressure in certain areas, which can be very uncomfortable during long working sessions.
The horizontal and vertical rotation of the ear cups operate thanks to one single part: a joint integrated into each one. The ear cups also feature a black structured covering, making them resistant to impacts and scratching.
Listen Professional gives a nod to the brand's monitoring loudspeakers when it comes to tonal balance and its colour code.
FOCAL'S CORE EXPERTISE
The speaker driver has been given a 100% Mylar suspension, whereas the central dome is composed of a Mylar-titanium alloy to provide more rigidity and extended frequency response in the upper end of the spectrum. Thus, the moving part is extremely light, enabling the transducer to exceed 40kHz on a flat baffle.
The reproduction of the bass and sub-bass registers also received a great deal of attention. The team of engineers managed to combine two factors which are hardly compatible: a tuning frequency which is as low as possible and extremely low distortion (0.3% at 1kHz - 100dB).
EAR CUSHIONS: THE IDEAL ACOUSTICS
The size of the ear cushions (height, width and depth) gives them a volume which makes it possible to achieve a great tonal balance.
Focal had recourse to two materials whose proportions were wisely spread out inside the ear cushions. Microfiber provides a more linear bass response providing a better acoustic output, whereas the acoustic tissue, which is closer to the speaker driver, offers great absorption and linearity in the 3-9kHz range. The bass and also the lower mid-range sections benefit from remarkable tonal balance and excellent articulation: where compression and frequency response generally suffer on closed-back headphones.
The heat-sensitive, very high density memory foam used for Listen Professional perfectly moulds to heads of all shapes and sizes, with particular attention paid to the area under the ears. This prevents any acoustic leaks, ensuring the perfect reproduction of the bass register.
- Exclusive cone technology offering acoustic transparency and excellent dynamics
- Precision and neutrality
- Total control over the audio spectrum
- Excellent isolation
- Compact, rigid carrying case
- Optimal comfort
- Impedance: 32ohms
- Sensitivity: 122dB SPL @ 1kHz - / 1Vrms
- THD: THD 0.3% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL
- Frequency response: 5Hz - 22kHz
- Weight: 10oz (280g)
- Cables provided:
Coiled 16ft (5m)
Straight 4.5ft (1.4m)
- Connector: 3.5mm jack plug with 4 conductors
- Dimensions: 9-7/16" x 8-3/8" x 4-3/8" (239 x 212 x 111mm)
- Rigid carrying case
- 16ft (5m) coiled OFC cable
- 4.5ft (1.4m) OFC cable with remote control and omnidirectional mic
- 3.5mm stereo jack socket to 6.35mm stereo jack plug