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This will be more we'll rounded and warmer. The El8 is slightly more forward with the cipher cable. It also requires amplification without the cipher cable. The EL8's sit flatter on the head, so even though the cans are huge, they look less imposing. These ones looks pretty big on the head because of the high headband. The EL8 can rotate, so they can lie flat on a table. These are slightly more comfortable to wear. At a similar price point the Focal wins hands down. However, if you got in on the $250 EL8 deal then things get more interesting
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Given the deal price there is nothing wrong with starting with these, and skipping the whole upgrade path from $2-300 headphones which will end up costing a lot more. You would be jumping into the $800-$1000 quality bracket for $200 more than the Bose/beats
The key is understanding what you are getting into. Compared to mainstream brands at the 2-300 level, you will give up certain conveniences like Bluetooth and noise canceling. Also as mentioned, you should invest in a dac/amp which will add another $100, and now the whole system is a little bulkier - you can get a good Bluetooth amp/dac (Fiio makes some good ones) for a little more. So more money, less convenience for a sound that can be very addictive.

As suggested, go to a high end store and try out some high end phones (Audeze, Sennheiser, Focal, Hifiman). You should hear a "lot" more detail in the music and individual sounds will be separated rather than a blend of sound. They will also have very snappy transients to give the music a lot more punch, and a 3D character (soundstage and imaging)
Different brands are known for different sound styles - some are more laid back for easy listening, some are hyper active with emphasized punch etc, and it's good to find the style you like
The Focal's are very neutral, and slightly warm - so they are not tiring, with a lot of detail and the transients are phenomenal. Overall they are some of the most balanced and accurate phones on the market today. I would recommend them as a top buy regardless of price.

Another thing to consider when you go listening is open vs closed style. Open phones let outside sounds in, but provide a very 3D soundstage and airiness to the sound. However you need to be in a quiet space. Closed phones have some sound isolation, so you can use them around other people. The trade off is some of that soundstage Is more limited. These Focals are excellent for closed phones and do a great job of getting you the best of both worlds. That said, the Focal Elear (open version of these phones and can be found for a similar price) are simply mesmerizing.
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If I didn't just bought a headphone last month and a vacation next week, would have jumped on this
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If I didn't just bought a headphone last month and a vacation next week, would have jumped on this
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this or audeze el8???
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They need to match Elex price for the Clear and then it'll be a deal! I'm too poor after buying the he6se deal a few days ago...
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this or audeze el8???
You'll want to see if these require any amplification or if you're good to go by plugging into a phone. The Audeze el-8 sounds best with the cipher cable that costs extra. Also this is an open back headphone and the elegia is closed.
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yeah Clear is still too expensive. Should be close to Elegia price since they already have the Focal Utopia that costs over like $3000.
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Nice, glad I held out at the last 600$ price point. At $500 I may just bite... Can use a new pair for work
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Worth gettinf?
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yeah Clear is still too expensive. Should be close to Elegia price since they already have the Focal Utopia that costs over like $3000.
The Clear is that good that even at $950 it's a bargain.
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You'll want to see if these require any amplification or if you're good to go by plugging into a phone. The Audeze el-8 sounds best with the cipher cable that costs extra. Also this is an open back headphone and the elegia is closed.
You can also use Audeze Reveal to apply the same EQ that the Cipher cable does, using a PC and EqualizerAPO
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Very good prices considering regular street price of these headphones.
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