Focal Elear Headphones + Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier (MQA-Ready)
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Elear ($1399) Elear is an audiophile open-backed headphone manufactured in France by Focal. Inspired by the best technology and acoustic research that went into designing Utopia, our flagship headphones, they offer truly exceptional performance. The mechanical design provides remarkably smooth and seamless style due to the solid aluminium...
Elear is an audiophile open-backed headphone manufactured in France by Focal. Inspired by the best technology and acoustic research that went into designing Utopia, our flagship headphones, they offer truly exceptional performance. The mechanical design provides remarkably smooth and seamless style due to the solid aluminium yoke. They also feature memory foam ear cushions for maximum comfort, an essential quality for long listening sessions. Finally, the exclusive speaker drivers with their aluminium/magnesium ‘M’-shaped domes enable Elear to provide strikingly realistic sound. Be inspired by the sound of a high-fidelity system with a pair of Elear headphones, for hours of listening pleasure.
Made in France
Open back circum-aural headphones dedicated to low noise environments
High-fidelity pair of headphones featuring full range loudspeakers made of Aluminum-Magnesium "M" shape dome (patent pending)
Mechanical design offering a full compatibility to any morphology
Balanced cable with channels separation for fast and easy custom-made solutions (bi-amp)
With a new chassis design instantly identifiable as Meridian DNA, Meridian Prime delivers lifelike performance from any headphone and is designed to appeal to audio enthusiasts who seek the highest possible performance from conventional analogue audio sources.
Meridian Prime provides three inputs, one dedicated and optimised to USB sources for computer audio, discrete pure analogue inputs on RCA for traditional sources, and a 3.5mm connection for portable devices such as a smart phone or tablet.
ASP, or Analogue Spatial Processing, is an option for “outside the head” listening through headphones.
Meridian Apodising Filter
Filters are critical in digital audio. Commonly they introduce distortion and harshness because of "pre-ringing". Early digital recordings suffer from harshness too, due to primitive filters. After painstaking research, Meridian developed a special filter that avoids pre-ringing, so it can be steeper, cleaning up the effects of early filters. The result: a better, cleaner sound from recordings old and new.
Master Quality Authenticated
Sourced from the original studio master recording as approved by the creative team, MQA combines an advanced new digital sampling technology that captures extremely high frequency timing and detail in an audio signal with an equally novel system to “encapsulate” that data into a form for delivery using any lossless file format or streaming. The listener’s decoder reconstructs the entire original signal, bringing up an indicator confirming that what they are hearing is exactly the same as the original master. Without the decoder, the listener enjoys CD quality reproduction. Its most advanced form, “MQA Studio”, uses the technology in the studio to generate an even higher quality master recording as the source.
Inputs: 1x stereo line input (2x gold-plated RCA phonos) 1x stereo line input (3.5mm jack socket) 1x USB input (mini-B USB connector)
Outputs: 1x stereo line output (2x gold-plated RCA phonos) 2x 1/4in TRS A-type jack sockets (tip=left) 1x 3.5mm stereo jack socket (tip=left) Relay-controlled power up/down muting on all outputs
USB Input: <192kHz/24-bit sampling Meridian Resolution Enhancement technologies including upsampling and Apodising Interface-powered: disconnecting USB powers-down all digital subsystems