Focal has loved indeniable success with its wired headphones in recent times, most notably with its Elegia and Stellia closed-back fashions. And it’s trying to keep it up that momentum with a brand new closed-back providing. The Focal Celestee sit between these two current fashions in worth, on sale from this month for £999 ($990), and have been impressed by their engineering and design.
Whereas the Celestee will probably be immediately recognisable as Focal headphones to these conversant in the French model’s earlier fare, owing principally to the ornate ear cup design and thick microfibre leather-based headband, they introduce a brand new navy blue and copper aesthetic. Like their siblings, in addition they include matching cables and thermoformed woven carrying case.
Focal’s engineers have drawn from their expertise in making the Elegia and launched an acoustic remedy contained in the Celestee ear cups. In addition they use the 40mm Aluminium/Magnesium ‘M’-shaped dome full-range drivers additionally discovered inside their closed-back cousins. Impedance is a lowly 35 ohms, which ought to make them appropriate companions for telephones and moveable audio gamers.
Whereas audio system are very a lot the Saint-Étienne-based model’s heritage and vocation, headphones appear to be changing into a much bigger a part of its focus. Solely lately our colleagues Down Below at our sister title, Australian Hello-Fi journal, have been impressed by the Focal Arche DAC and headphone amp. Will the Celestee be one more Focal pair to seek out itself on our best audiophile headphones checklist? We hope to seek out out very quickly.