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Focal Listen

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews of Focal Listen. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and design. The durability and comfort are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed views about the portability. Many are negative about the bass quality.

sound, comfort, durability, design, price

bass quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Focal Listen is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Focal Listen review: Wired headphones with a vocal-forward neutral sound profile


Affordable and comfortable, as wired-only headphones go the Focal Listen make a good case. Only the sound profile is a bit too thin, so will only be

Vocal tracks have best potential ; Good sound isolation without active cancellation ; Comfortable to wear

Design feels plasticky ; Neutral profile ultimately lacks bass and sounds too thin and without drive ; No Bluetooth or noise-cancellation

That's the long and the short of the Focal Listen. If you're looking for wired-only headphones that are comfortable and affordable then these cans tick both boxes.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Lewis Leong (

Focal Listen Wireless review


Stellar-sounding but basic wireless headphones

Balanced, audiophile sound ; Good noise isolation ; 20-hour battery life

No multipoint Bluetooth or ANC ; Disappointing value ; Fingerprint and dust magnet

The Focal Listen Wireless offer phenomenal sound but little else. Without multipoint Bluetooth, active noise cancellation or auto play/pause these headphones feel antiquated when compared to the competition.

Jul, 2017

Techradar Recommended 2016

Expert review by : Lewis Leong (

Focal Listen review


Some of the best high-end headphones that don't destroy the bank

Excellent build quality ; Rich, balanced sound ; Great noise isolation

Uncomfortable after long periods ; Awkward remote

The Focal Listen ticks all the right boxes, offering excellent sound and build quality at a mostly affordable price. Overall, the Focal Listen offer a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. I love their balance, build quality and understated design...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Focal Listen Wireless review


The Focal Listen Wireless doesn't reach the French company's usual standards.

Smooth sound ; Solid organisation ; Acceptably poised midrange

Creaky headband ; Humdrum low frequency response ; Lacklustre overall performance

A pair of headphones that doesn't manage to stand out from the crowd

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Focal Listen Wireless review


You may not have heard of French audio company Focal , but among audiophiles its speakers and headphones stand in high regard. The Listen Wireless is the company's first crack at a full-size premium Bluetooth headphone.

The Focal Listen Wireless has a sturdy design, fits comfortably and snugly, and sounds excellent for a Bluetooth headphone. It folds up to fit in an included neoprene case and comes with a cable for wired listening. It also works well for making calls.

The sound is a tad bright, which can make some music sound harsh. Heavier than some competing models. Lacks active noise cancellation.

Focal's Listen Wireless is well-built Bluetooth headphone with rich, refined sound imbued with a lot of presence -- perhaps too much for some people.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Focal Listen review


Focal's produced a pleasing pair of portable headphones...

Solid build ; Rich bass ; Smooth treble ; Good amount of detail

Need more punch and aggression ; Not as comfortable as other headphones

A pair of headphones that can go loud with a rich and insightful sound

Mar, 2017

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Focal Listen review


You may not have heard of French company Focal, but it makes some very good-sounding headphones. The latest case in point is its new Listen closed-back over-ear headphone, which retails for $249. No word yet on an international launch, but that price...

The Focal Listen has a sturdy design and a comfortable and snug fit, and it sounds excellent for the price. Detachable cable includes an integrated one-button remote. The headphone folds up to fit in an included neoprene case.

Headphone is a tad heavy, may fit a little too snugly for some folks, and may not have enough bass for some listeners.

French company Focal's closed-back, over-ear headphone is designed for mobile use and delivers excellent sound for $250.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Theo Nicolakis (

Focal Listen Wireless review


Focal's Listen Wireless offers outstanding Bluetooth wireless range and hands-free performance, but be sure to plug them in for the best sound.

Focal Listen Wireless ; Very good passive noise isolation ; Foldable, portable design

Buttons aren't optimally designed for no-look use ; Wireless audio performance isn't as refined as wired ; All-plastic design

I tested the Focal Listen Wireless with an iPhone 7 along with the Sony Walkman NWZ-A17 and high-res audio players. The latter two players are aptX-compatible and confirmed their aptX connection when paired. Source material included some AAC-encoded...

Sep, 2017

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by : Ted Kritsonis (

Focal Listen Wireless review


Focal's Listen Wireless headphones cut the cord but kept the amazing performance.

Clear and balanced sound ; Very comfy to wear ; Good noise isolation ; Killer battery life

We could’ve used a little more bass ; No multipoint Bluetooth

Like its predecessor, the Focal Listen is aimed at listeners who want balance to accommodate their varied tastes in music. Those seeking to exclusively indulge in hip hop or electronica would be better off looking elsewhere. For that reason, these...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

Focal Listen Wireless


The Focal Listen Wireless headphones delivers a beautifully balanced frequency response in an easy-to-operate design.

Balanced, rich, crisp sound signature. Comfortable earpads. Includes cable for passive listening.

Cable lacks inline remote control. Not for those seeking huge bass response.

If you're looking for huge bass or completely flat response, the Focal Listen Wireless headphones satisfy neither criteria. Instead, they will appeal to listeners who want something closer to flat response, but are happy to receive some extra richness...

Jul, 2017

Product Specifications


Battery life (max):20


Colour of product:Black
Wearing style:Head-band




Driver Type:Mylar
Ear coupling:Circumaural
Headphone frequency:15 - 22000
Headphone sensitivity:122
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):0.4
Wearing style:Head-band

Packaging Data

Cables included:USB
Carrying case:Y

Ports & interfaces

2.5 mm connector:N
3.5 mm connector:Y
6.35 mm connector:N
Bluetooth version:4.1
Connectivity Technology:Wired/Wireless
RF connectivity:N
Wireless Range:15


Battery life (max):20

Weight & Dimensions