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Spirit Professional
Spirit Professional

Closed back, circumaural professional headphones

Spirit Professional headphones have been specifically designed to meet the expectations and requirements of Recording Studios, Home Studios and Broadcasting Studios.

Reference Studio Headphones

The extreme care paid to the design of the Mylar - Titanium alloy transducer enabled us to combine rigidity, lightness and high damping properties to preserve the dynamics of the audio signal and to provide remarkably neutral sound without any distortion. The highly accurate reproduction of bass frequencies will reveal
the smallest defects in the mix, while avoiding acoustic constraints of the workspace. Spirit Professional offers excellent acoustic insulation to address the constraints of the often noisy environments specific to Broadcasting and Home Studios.

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Resistance and optimal comfort

On average, users tend to use headphones for extended periods of time, so we purposely focused our efforts on making Spirit Professional as comfortable as possible by using large memory-foam ear cushions which surround the whole ear as well as spread and minimise the amount of pressure felt by the user.

Finally, the textured black finish is highly shock- and scratch-resistant, a necessary quality considering how often this professional equipment will be used.

Key points

  • Acoustic transparency and ease of use
  • Precise and detailed sound reproduction, without distortion
  • Excellent isolation and acoustic coupling to the ear
  • Total control of the audio band
  • Optimal comfort

 

Accessories
Cable spiralé 4m
4m spiral detachable cable

OFC with low impedance

Cable droit 1m
1.4m straight detachable cable

OFC with low impedance
Remote control (micro/calls)

Adaptateur Jack 3,5/6,35
Jack connector 3.5/6.35mm

Gold plated

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10/23/2014

Ok, guess it was only a matter of time, headphones bought late march this year, and now the cracks are starting to appear. They have only been used in a small control room. The headphones have little usage and have been handled with great care. I really enjoy checking my mixes with these, the sound is really good but i can not understand why in the world Focal dont adress this really serious and oh-so common issue! It´s frustrating to say the least.

Focal, you are seriously flawing your brand and professionalism if you dont make a solid effort on this matter.

You need to choose a different plastic compound / formula that actually LASTS and can take ordinary usage. I cannot stress this enough. You are getting a bad reputation about this on all the most important forums on the web. The sound gets praise, but fitting and most importantly, quality gets bashed. A recall is what every sensible company would do in a situation like this.

My phones are not that cracked that it affects performance (not yet anyway) but as it seems from other reports it might just be a matter of time.

This product page talks about the headphones in terms of "shock-resistance" and having the "necessary quality" of standing everyday use. Well, that does certainly not seem to be the case.

Now then, how do i go about getting these replaced with a product that actually represents what you promote? I have no interest in sending them in for a review and not being able to work for X weeks, that is not an option. I am also not interested in getting a new pair that has the same design-flaw, but rather have an updated version that lasts for more than a few of months.

Sorry for the rant, but im quite upset and baffled, these are high-end headphones after all...


10/2/2014

Major design flaw in the headband as you'll see mentioned here in the reviews and all over message boards. I was warned by a customer in line behind me on the day I purchased of this issue which they had as well.

Plastic casing over headband develops cracks then snaps into pieces. It's obvious just opening them to a distance of the average head where the pressure points in the band are. You can see that there is not enough flex in the plastic casing.

A fix is need to improve the durability.

After being quite impressed with the sound I had considered giving Focal Monitors a try in the studio, but seeing their response to such bad design in headphones I'll be avoiding their products in future purchase.

10/3/2014
Hi Ryan,
I am sorry about the issue with your Spirit Professional. I invite you to contact back your dealer to change it.
Please note that if you have any problem with any of our product, our dealers will be glad to help you as soon as possible.

Best regards,

Marine, Community Manager Focal

10/1/2014

So far the best headphone I own!


09/30/2014

These Headphone for me are a GOD Send. You can Hear The Weight of the music & where its placed in your mix.
Great backup to Main main monitors!
Love It!


09/29/2014

first of all I want to praise the headphones for the prestine audio quality, hands down. the design was sleek but it all ends there. the material is garbage! I returned the headphones into the retail store for repair in the headpiece, because the glue holding the plastic comes apart. my frustration continues on how the focal dealer in australia handles the request, it took more than one month for them to fix the problem. the worst part is that they replaced it with a used headphones, plus the replacement is not in good condition, still the other part of the headpeace is showing signs of glue losing its stickiness, whenever I press the plastic part I hear some clicks. This is my first focal product, and this leaves a negative impression of their quality and poor aftersales service.

09/29/2014
Hi Temo,

I am sorry about the issue encountered with Spirit Professional.
Replacing your headphones with a used one is not normal and I do understand your disappointment. Which is why I invite you to contact directly the Australian Pro distributor, Audio Chocolate, to explain in details your problem and find a solution : http://www.focal.com/en/stores?country=24#225

Regards,

Marine, Community Manager Focal

09/22/2014

These have become my new favorite closed back headphones. They sound as good as many much higher priced headphones.


09/14/2014

My coiled cable causes distortion

09/15/2014
Hi Igor,

Your cable seems to be defective. I invite you to contact back your dealer to fix this issue.

Best regards,

Marine, Community Manager Focal

09/12/2014

amazing sound small cracks appearing :(


09/11/2014

Excellent


09/7/2014

Excellent headphone. Super comfortable and good bass. A bit hard to feel dynamics but otherwise love them.


08/25/2014

Great sound!


08/20/2014

Wow excellent closed headphones focal always strives for the best and now i really believe you can mix from these headphones for those who have their studios in apartments and mix late at night these are a blessing ...what you hear is what you get, seriously.....I LoVE FOCAL thank you and keep the great products coming!!!


08/19/2014

I LOVE these headphones. I never thought I could potentially mix on headphones. I hear so much detail I can't hear in my current studio monitors. Thanks!!


08/16/2014

Fabulous headphones - except for a small defect in left ear which rattles/buzzes during low frequencies

08/18/2014
Hi Rob,

First of all, I am sorry about the problem encountered with your headphones.
I invite you to contact back your dealer so that you can fix the issue as quick as possible.

Best regards,

Marine, Community Manager Focal

08/13/2014

Had a problem with a previous pair where the plastic on both sides cracked, Sweetwater replaced them and Simon Cote responded in a very timely fashion and offered excellent advice.


08/12/2014

I have to give these three stars due to build quality. As far as SQ is concerned, they are perfect. I can really trust these to edit & mix on, and I have gone through a LOT of different professional headphones. The two included cables are also perfect. These are the best. Sadly, after owning these for 10 months, the right ear cup feels like it's about to fall off. The housing plastic is cracked all around the mounting ball on both sides and the right hinge is coming apart completely. Also, the aluminum barrel with the "Focal" engraving that goes around the end of the cables fell off on the first day & had to be re-glued.


08/4/2014

Thanks to Focal for their great inventions in the world of sound production!


08/3/2014

Great Headphones, excellent sound. Really happy with the product. 5/5


07/31/2014

excellent!


07/28/2014

AWESOME. As soon as I put them on I immediately heard things in my music that I had never noticed before. Super comfortable, and I have a large head with what I assume are average ears. Awesome that it comes with a cable just for your phone, too. Packaging is beautiful... the cans are beautiful.


07/25/2014

Excellent Monitoring Quality


07/21/2014

Great headphones.


07/20/2014

Another amazing Focal product!


06/29/2014

Stellar headphones


06/28/2014

the sound is exceptional, however they could be more comfortable


06/20/2014

Please improve the plastic of the band...

06/20/2014
Hi Jung,

I am sorry about the issue encountered with Spirit Professional. I invite you to contact back your dealer to fix it.

Regards,

Marine, Community Manager Focal

06/16/2014

After purchasing the Focal Bird system, I fell in love with the Focal sound. So when these headphones came out (and despite some of the previous negative comments directed at the Focal Spirit One), I had no hesitation in purchasing these without an audition. What can I say. Focal has done it again. Quite frankly, at this price point, how can a pair of closed back headphones get any better? Forget about the details, just buy these headphones now!


06/14/2014

Amazing...the only real studio monitors in headphones with better specs than most monitors can boast (5hz base is unbelievable.)


06/13/2014

I work as a sound recordist in film and cinema and was looking for a replacement for my Beyerdynamic DT48 headphones which are no longer made. The Focal headphone sounded brighter and warmer, they seem robustly constructed but I will wait and see how they hold up after a few expedition type documentaries.


06/13/2014

Amazing sounding


06/12/2014

Hello
I've been wondering lately, do you plan to release a updated version of Spirit pro(like One S)?? With better build and more durable plastic? because of that cracks on the both sides of the headband i can't be satisfied for 100% :(
I mean the sound is perfect, but the cracking plastic (or the way how the cans are connected with the headband)is not.

06/12/2014
Hi Andrii,

Thank you for your message. This is not planned for the moment even if we are taking into account of our customer's feedbacks to improve our products. Our products are regularly improved, but there is no new version of Spirit Pro planned for the moment.
However, if you encounter an issue with your headphones, I invite to contact back your dealer who should be able to help you.

Regards,

Marine, Community Manager Focal

06/2/2014

never heard such 3D sound from headphones before


06/2/2014

I am expecting that these headphones will clean up my mixes and masters. Thank you for something that I've need for a while!!


05/30/2014

Still breaking in, but very impressed


05/29/2014

Very neutral and accurate sound ... bit uncomfortable...


05/29/2014

I'm at the 17th hour of a 24 hour burn-in period. Through periodic listening checks, I think my mixes will benefit from the accuracy of my Spirit Pro's.


05/29/2014

Excellent Sound Quality


05/27/2014

I fell in love with it's sound after couple of days using these headphones...but then i went to the store and returned them. Why? The build quality is unacceptable, they started to crack in the plastic parts just when you'd adjust them on your head, nice little 'pop' sounds, and then you notice those little hairline cracks...it breaks my heart really. Can't you guys update the model with better materials so we can feel that it is an investment which will not fall apart completely after a half a year or less? Think about it, i'd be the first to order!P.S. Bout from djservice.se here in Stockholm, nice people.

05/28/2014
Hi Timur,
I am sorry about the issue with your Spirit Professional. As your headphones are guaranteed, you can have your pair changed or repaired.
I will forward your feedback to the Product Manager and make sure it will be taken into account.
Regards,

Marine, Community Manager Focal

05/22/2014

Great price/performance ratio. Wish that the purchase came with a headphone case, instead of a cloth bag.


05/22/2014

Excellent detail and separation. Very comfortable.


05/20/2014

These are the most uncomfortable headphones I have ever used. Well, maybe the free headphones you get on an economy class flight might be slightly more annoying. I think these were designed for women and small children, because the ear cavity is so small. As a matter of fact, my daughter loves them, so let her have them.

If you are an adult male, DO NOT BUY these headphones. They will smash you earlobes and you will get a headache after about 15 minutes of using them.

05/28/2014
Hi Andrew,
I have read your message and I am sorry that the headband doesn't fit your head and ears. Please note that the headband can be adjusted and it becomes more and more flexible with time.
I will forward your feedback to the Product Manager.

Regards,

Marine, Community Manager

05/18/2014

Great natural sound.


05/12/2014

There is a major CRACKING issue with these headphones that needs to be addressed. A RECAL IS NECESSARY, or mailing out of a replacement part.

05/13/2014
Hi Bennett,
I am sorry to read that you have an issue with your Spirit Professional. As it is still under warranty, I invite you to contact your dealer or the Canadian distributor directly : http://www.focal.com/en/stores?country=4. They should be able to help you.
Best regards

05/3/2014

Very satisfied with my purchase.


05/2/2014

Great quality headphones


04/28/2014

EXCELLENT SOUND QUALITY.
I AM A CAREFUL USER AND THE HEADPHONES HAVE NEVER EVER BEEN BADLY MAN HANDLED IN ANYWAY BUT ONLY AFTER 5 MONTHS CRACKS HAVE APPEARED ALL OF THE HEADPHONES IN MULTIPLE PLACES.

THE SPEAKERS AND SOUND IS BRILLIANT BUT THE CONSTRUCTION AND THE MATERIALS USED ARE VERY WEAK AND FRAGILE,

THIS IS A MAJOR FLAW FOR THESE HEADPHONES.


04/23/2014

Carmine was patient and professional in helping me select this product.


04/2/2014

Pros: Hard and unforgiving in their presentation of frequency balance, great for reality checking as an addition to good main monitors, complementing my HD650's nicely (I actually much prefer the Spirit Pro's for critical work).

Cons: The plastic part of the headband feels cheap, very fragile.


03/23/2014

Love them! Keep up the great work.


03/16/2014

I bought Focal due to the quality of the sound. In three consecutive Spirit One items plastic cracked. Now I bought a Spirit Professional, solidly made​​.


03/4/2014

Not enough time with them yet. Sounds a little boxy right off. Relying on your reputation that they will be as accurate as advertised when allowed to break in properly.


02/28/2014

So far so good. A little uncomfortable with glass. Very tight.


02/14/2014

Very Clear Imaging of sound and details really stand out . And yes very Flat sound.


02/11/2014

Ear Pads should be designed for bigger ears.


02/2/2014

I just got the Focal HP's! Before i listened to them, i set up some itune tracks in ProTools. Listened to my AKG 240 75 ohms first on 8 different tunes i use for audio file hearing. They were very nice clear etc. I see why i purchased them!
Then i plug in the Focals at the same volume and everything else. Man! At first i heard a little static in my right ear, so i unpluged it from the ear peace a couple of times, and they sounded ok. Then, it looks like the more i listen the more they open up, is this correct? By the time i got to track 8 i had to turn them down a quarter of what i had the other ones. They made me notice the compression on the songs(over). The Reverb, and other details. But gentleman and ladies? I have a pair of Folcal 6.5' in the studio!!! I'm going to have to let these warm up some more before i make that assumption as to how close they are to them. Thanks for a great product again! Please feel free to comment on my comments. I need all the info i can obtain! Now if i could just figure out how to get a pair of those SM 6's!!!


01/24/2014

Super Duper cans!


01/22/2014

Just arrived so too early to tell.


01/18/2014

I LOVE THEM... VERY FLAT AND HAS A LOT OF TRUE DETAIL IN THE MID AND HIGH RANGE. IM LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING ON SOME MIXES WITH THEM :)


01/16/2014

The first headphone that doesn't give me the feeling I'm listening to a headphone - very good sound, nice design, a pleasure to use! Thx Focal!


01/15/2014

as soon as they are burnt in ill let you know.


01/9/2014

Very natural and frequency flat professional headphone with outstanding buil quality.


12/23/2013

We decided to get 2 of them for our recording and mixing studio. We finished buying 4 of them for some musicians that tried them out in our studio!!
Amazing Headphones, amazing as our SM9s!!


12/18/2013

I am very impressed with the performance!


12/17/2013

First day with headphones and still breaking them in but so far I love them very much. Will most likely be getting another pair or 2.


12/16/2013

Amazing tonal accuracy, transparency, dynamics, imaging


12/12/2013

Excellent sound.
Kudos to the dealer.


12/12/2013

Excellent product. They sound extremely accurate, very good aid for mixing.


12/3/2013

A great, quality product


11/23/2013

Ready To Try Them Out!


11/20/2013

I'm letting it break-in, so I won't be able to comment on these until tomorrow or Friday.


11/12/2013

equipment under test, still do not have an opinion.


11/10/2013

so far these appear to be just what I had hoped for.


10/18/2013

comfortable.... not just for professionals but also for audiophiles as well.


10/16/2013

Until these, my AKG 702's were my favorite goto headphones.I recently collaborated with legendary engineer Ed Wolfrum to master my latest release["Jr.Analogue Monster"]. I heard things, listening through "J.A.M." with these headphones that I can't remember hearing before--at least the way your Focal Professional Spirit headphones allow. I'm telling all my professional peers about them. Great job!


10/13/2013

I am satisfied with this purchase and would recommend to others.