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It looks like Adorama is no longer authorized, and that SUCKS Frown. I purchased the Elear "open box" deal for $549 Oct 2017 (which was an excellent slickdeal at the time!), when they were still on Focal's site as authorized. Now they are not, here is a link where they would show up: https://store.focal.com/#!country...ress=10011.

When searching just now to see WTF, I found the thread of drama on headfi regarding Adorama having had their auth dealer status revoked and corrected on the website by a competing dealer: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/f...t-14495468 .

This is kind of a big deal because 1) Focal is strict about not honoring warranty if not purchased from an auth dealer, and 2) the Elear, Clear, and Utopia are known for having driver failure problems, and it can take a year or more for the problem to develop, so not something to can be sure of before the initial return period expires.

I was about to jump all over this deal as I have been looking to upgrade the Elears. I LOVE the Elears... they are probably my over all favs of all my cans if I had to pick only 1 pair for all kinds of music, and I have lots: https://www.head-fi.org/members/c...ck.354160/.

From what I have read, because of the improvements of the drivers in the Clears over the Elears... the Clears have even more of the qualities that I very much enjoy in the Elears. Plus, the 1 cable that comes with the Elears is HOT GARBAGE (high quality, but almost completely unusable), while the Clears come with 3 pretty nice cables including the xlr balanced I need, AND they come with a sweet case that is otherwise freaking $250(!!!) by itself.

The problem is my Elears just had the dreaded driver failure Frown. I probably only have ~300 hrs on them, but as I mentioned, this is common. So common in fact that Focal recently announced that they were extending the warranties on the affected headphone lineup from 2 years to 5 years so people could by a pair without worry of getting screwed... IF they could prove purchase from an auth dealer. This warranty was even transferable, pretty classy move by Focal IMHO.

I haven't yet called Focal to get them repaired, until now I didn't even know that Adorama was no longer auth so I was in no rush kind of thing. Now that I am (was) gonna jump on these... I would need to flip the Elears, which I can't plan for if I don't know if I can get them fixed... I am in a pickle. SHIT.
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How do the closed cans compare to the Fostex x Drop Mahogany?
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Is Adorama an authorized dealer for Focal?
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Is Adorama an authorized dealer for Focal?
Probably not. See the link:
https://www.focal-america.com/support/
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Pretty good deal if the warranty will be honored. Surprised not to see Adorama on the authorized retailer list... pretty reputable!
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Is Adorama an authorized dealer for Focal?
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Probably not. See the link:
https://www.focal-america.com/support/
It looks like Adorama is no longer authorized, and that SUCKS Frown. I purchased the Elear "open box" deal for $549 Oct 2017 (which was an excellent slickdeal at the time!), when they were still on Focal's site as authorized. Now they are not, here is a link where they would show up: https://store.focal.com/#!country...ress=10011.

When searching just now to see WTF, I found the thread of drama on headfi regarding Adorama having had their auth dealer status revoked and corrected on the website by a competing dealer: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/f...t-14495468 .

This is kind of a big deal because 1) Focal is strict about not honoring warranty if not purchased from an auth dealer, and 2) the Elear, Clear, and Utopia are known for having driver failure problems, and it can take a year or more for the problem to develop, so not something to can be sure of before the initial return period expires.

I was about to jump all over this deal as I have been looking to upgrade the Elears. I LOVE the Elears... they are probably my over all favs of all my cans if I had to pick only 1 pair for all kinds of music, and I have lots: https://www.head-fi.org/members/c...ck.354160/.

From what I have read, because of the improvements of the drivers in the Clears over the Elears... the Clears have even more of the qualities that I very much enjoy in the Elears. Plus, the 1 cable that comes with the Elears is HOT GARBAGE (high quality, but almost completely unusable), while the Clears come with 3 pretty nice cables including the xlr balanced I need, AND they come with a sweet case that is otherwise freaking $250(!!!) by itself.

The problem is my Elears just had the dreaded driver failure Frown. I probably only have ~300 hrs on them, but as I mentioned, this is common. So common in fact that Focal recently announced that they were extending the warranties on the affected headphone lineup from 2 years to 5 years so people could by a pair without worry of getting screwed... IF they could prove purchase from an auth dealer. This warranty was even transferable, pretty classy move by Focal IMHO.

I haven't yet called Focal to get them repaired, until now I didn't even know that Adorama was no longer auth so I was in no rush kind of thing. Now that I am (was) gonna jump on these... I would need to flip the Elears, which I can't plan for if I don't know if I can get them fixed... I am in a pickle. SHIT.
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Pretty good deal if the warranty will be honored. Surprised not to see Adorama on the authorized retailer list... pretty reputable!
I thought the same, because they sure used to be! Still reading about why, but it sounds like Adorama was doin' some fishy grey market stuff? Eg getting Focal stuff meant for other regions cheaper, then selling them in the US at great sale prices. Great for us consumers, but dealers seem to hate other dealers that do that for some reason...
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It looks like Adorama is no longer authorized, and that SUCKS Frown. I purchased the Elear "open box" deal for $549 Oct 2017 (which was an excellent slickdeal at the time!), when they were still on Focal's site as authorized. Now they are not, here is a link where they would show up: https://store.focal.com/#!country...ress=10011.

When searching just now to see WTF, I found the thread of drama on headfi regarding Adorama having had their auth dealer status revoked and corrected on the website by a competing dealer: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/f...t-14495468 .

This is kind of a big deal because 1) Focal is strict about not honoring warranty if not purchased from an auth dealer, and 2) the Elear, Clear, and Utopia are known for having driver failure problems, and it can take a year or more for the problem to develop, so not something to can be sure of before the initial return period expires.

I was about to jump all over this deal as I have been looking to upgrade the Elears. I LOVE the Elears... they are probably my over all favs of all my cans if I had to pick only 1 pair for all kinds of music, and I have lots: https://www.head-fi.org/members/c...ck.354160/.

From what I have read, because of the improvements of the drivers in the Clears over the Elears... the Clears have even more of the qualities that I very much enjoy in the Elears. Plus, the 1 cable that comes with the Elears is HOT GARBAGE (high quality, but almost completely unusable), while the Clears come with 3 pretty nice cables including the xlr balanced I need, AND they come with a sweet case that is otherwise freaking $250(!!!) by itself.

The problem is my Elears just had the dreaded driver failure Frown. I probably only have ~300 hrs on them, but as I mentioned, this is common. So common in fact that Focal recently announced that they were extending the warranties on the affected headphone lineup from 2 years to 5 years so people could by a pair without worry of getting screwed... IF they could prove purchase from an auth dealer. This warranty was even transferable, pretty classy move by Focal IMHO.

I haven't yet called Focal to get them repaired, until now I didn't even know that Adorama was no longer auth so I was in no rush kind of thing. Now that I am (was) gonna jump on these... I would need to flip the Elears, which I can't plan for if I don't know if I can get them fixed... I am in a pickle. SHIT.

Ouch. I got a killer deal on my Elear through Amazon only to find out after the dealer wasn't authorized so hopefully I don't have the driver failure thing. Had them about a year now and they're great especially balanced.

I recently got a DT1990 Pro that's giving them a run for their money though especially with the Analytical pads. Otherwise I'd be all over the Clear for this price. For sheer fun listening I still like my Ebony TH-X00 best I think.
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Ouch. I got a killer deal on my Elear through Amazon only to find out after the dealer wasn't authorized so hopefully I don't have the driver failure thing. Had them about a year now and they're great especially balanced.

I recently got a DT1990 Pro that's giving them a run for their money though especially with the Analytical pads. Otherwise I'd be all over the Clear for this price. For sheer fun listening I still like my Ebony TH-X00 best I think.
Wow, what a coincidence, I have been researching the TR-X00's since all models are $100 off at Massdrop right now ($320 Mahogany, $370 Purple Heart, and $420 Ebony) and I have also always wanted to try some Beyerdynamics because that Tesla stuff sounds cool, I fall for most kinds of nerd marketing Smilie. I didn't expect to hear that they would compete with Focals though(vs. say Senn HD700/800), that is interesting!

Being fun is part of why I like the Elears. If the TR-X00 are more fun... sounds like I should keep researching them, the hard part is picking which damn wood to get. $320 for the mahogany is a great deal I think, and I can't believe that changing the wood and supposedly nothing else would make a noticeable difference, but I keep reading that the difference is pretty big, so I am trying to figure out which ones to pick since I don't have a way to audition and returns aren't a thing.

Thanks for the info, the more data points the better, repped!
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Ouch. I got a killer deal on my Elear through Amazon only to find out after the dealer wasn't authorized so hopefully I don't have the driver failure thing. Had them about a year now and they're great especially balanced.

I recently got a DT1990 Pro that's giving them a run for their money though especially with the Analytical pads. Otherwise I'd be all over the Clear for this price. For sheer fun listening I still like my Ebony TH-X00 best I think.
Which balanced cable you got?
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Wow, what a coincidence, I have been researching the TR-X00's since all models are $100 off at Massdrop right now ($320 Mahogany, $370 Purple Heart, and $420 Ebony) and I have also always wanted to try some Beyerdynamics because that Tesla stuff sounds cool, I fall for most kinds of nerd marketing Smilie. I didn't expect to hear that they would compete with Focals though(vs. say Senn HD700/800), that is interesting!

Being fun is part of why I like the Elears. If the TR-X00 are more fun... sounds like I should keep researching them, the hard part is picking which damn wood to get. $320 for the mahogany is a great deal I think, and I can't believe that changing the wood and supposedly nothing else would make a noticeable difference, but I keep reading that the difference is pretty big, so I am trying to figure out which ones to pick since I don't have a way to audition and returns aren't a thing.

Thanks for the info, the more data points the better, repped!
I own the Mahogany and the Ebony. The Mahogany is more warmly tinted and 'fun' while the Ebony is more neutral and to my ears works with more music. Both have BASS but the Mahogany has more mid bass while the Ebony seems to extend deeper into the sub bass. I like the Mahogany but I've about decided to sell it because I always reach for the Ebony. Those biodynamic drivers are the first time I really understood what liquid mids meant. They're both V or more accurately W shaped but the mids are present and tonally about perfect. I'd recommend watching Metal571's review of them. I agree with everything he says. I reviewed the Ebony on Massdrop ( Drop, stupid name change ) under the same screen name as here but I basically say the same thing I'm telling you. Go check out Metal571's review. lol

I really like the DT1990s. They image better than the Elear but the soundstage maybe isn't as big. The Elear just does this disappearing thing for me where I can't tell I have headphones on. I've been waiting on Massdrop to drop Elex pads again since the Elex is just an Elear with Clear pads. Supposedly they put the treble scoop back in at the expense of the bass boost the Elear has. I love the bass but I'd like to try them. I'm not paying $200 for Clear pads from Focal though. The 1990s came with 2 sets of pads that really change the signature as well but to me the Analytical pads are so superior I've rarely used the Balanced ones. They aren't painfully bright to me like the 770, 880 and 990 are.
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Which balanced cable you got?
I use CorpseCables ebay store. I've used him for HD600 and HD650 balanced cables as well. Always excellent quality and the prices are really good.
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I own the Mahogany and the Ebony. The Mahogany is more warmly tinted and 'fun' while the Ebony is more neutral and to my ears works with more music. Both have BASS but the Mahogany has more mid bass while the Ebony seems to extend deeper into the sub bass. I like the Mahogany but I've about decided to sell it because I always reach for the Ebony. Those biodynamic drivers are the first time I really understood what liquid mids meant. They're both V or more accurately W shaped but the mids are present and tonally about perfect. I'd recommend watching Metal571's review of them. I agree with everything he says. I reviewed the Ebony on Massdrop ( Drop, stupid name change ) under the same screen name as here but I basically say the same thing I'm telling you. Go check out Metal571's review. lol
Awesome info, thanks so much! Exactly the kind of info I look for in comparisons, and what I was curious about between these two. Majority opinion seems to be that the PHs are a different animal, and of the three I seen the PHs recommended the least often relative to the other two, and I think the Ebony are recommended the most (they are the most expensive, so OF COURSE they are lol). I am thinking I am more interested in the Mahogany headphones first, a syrupy midrange is exactly what I am in the mood for, something good for vocals, mainly female.

What kind of music do you listen to when you are describing these? I am mostly into alternative/metal, like NIN, Tool, SOAD, RATM, old Metallica, Zombie, Korn(gotta have the subbass for these guys), Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, APC, G&R, Pumpkins, STP, Prodigy... along with classic stuff like Doors, Zeppelin, AC/DC, Stones, Pink Floyd, Sabbath, Petty. I have hundreds of others too across all genres, but this is the stuff that I am looking for cans to do a good job with.

Thanks again!
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Awesome info, thanks so much! Exactly the kind of info I look for in comparisons, and what I was curious about between these two. Majority opinion seems to be that the PHs are a different animal, and of the three I seen the PHs recommended the least often relative to the other two, and I think the Ebony are recommended the most (they are the most expensive, so OF COURSE they are lol). I am thinking I am more interested in the Mahogany headphones first, a syrupy midrange is exactly what I am in the mood for, something good for vocals, mainly female.

What kind of music do you listen to when you are describing these? I am mostly into alternative/metal, like NIN, Tool, SOAD, RATM, old Metallica, Zombie, Korn(gotta have the subbass for these guys), Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, APC, G&R, Pumpkins, STP, Prodigy... along with classic stuff like Doors, Zeppelin, AC/DC, Stones, Pink Floyd, Sabbath, Petty. I have hundreds of others too across all genres, but this is the stuff that I am looking for cans to do a good job with.

Thanks again!
I basically listen to the same thing you do with a healthy dose of EDM thrown in. I love female vocals as well. Mazzy Star, London Grammar, Lana Del Rey, Enya, Lourde, Mogli, Vaults, Haelos etc. to add to Tori Amos and Fiona Apple. Classic rock, metal from Slayer to Nightwish ...pretty much anything except hard country and rap and I even like a little of each of those. I generally stream Tidal through a Topping D30 > Aune X7S stack ( also have a Mayflower O2/ODAC and an Asus Xonar STX ) but I also have almost 500 CDs as well all ripped to FLAC with Exact Audio Copy's bit perfect mode.

My main complaint with the Mahogany is that vocals can get congested in fast music. Where as the Ebony doesn't suffer from that. But this is such a subjective hobby. A buddy from Massdrop ( Hyde is his screen name there ) has the Mahogany, Purpleheart, Ebony, E-Mu Teak and the Denon D2000 ( basically all the biodynamic Fostex/Foster series ) and he likes the Mahogany best I think. Personally though I've had the Mahogany about 2 years and the Ebony for about a year and a half and I've probably only used the Mahogany 20 to 30 hours since I got the Ebony.
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