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Focal Clear (2017) vs Focal Elear
While the Focal Clear (2017) wasn't able to make it to the very top of any roundups from sources that perform quality hands-on testing, it still got featured in a large number of them. SoundGuys, Headphone Review, The Verge, The Master Switch, Head-fi, HomeTheaterReview.com, and Tom's Guide have all deemed it worthy of a place on their respective shortlists.
Moving on to the Focal Elear: it was unable to reach the very top of any roundups from sources that conduct reliable and unbiased testing. Nonetheless, it still managed to impress reviewers from a number of such sites, like Headphone Review, The Verge, Head-fi, Headfonics, iMore, Rtings, and Audioholics, enough for them to include them on those lists.
To get a better idea of how they fare when compared directly to each other, we analyzed review scores of sources that tested both. Head-fi, for example, preferred the Focal Clear (2017), while Headphone Review and The Verge rated both of them the same.
We also took a look at which sources had the best things to say about them. We learned that the Focal Clear (2017) got reviewed the highest by TechHive - it gave it a rating of 10, while the Focal Elear most impressed reviewers at Headphone Review, which gave it a score of 9.
Lastly, we averaged out all of their review ratings and observed that the Focal Clear (2017), with its 8.8 average, performed considerably better than most Open-Back Headphones - the mean score for the product category being 7.8 out of 10 - while the Focal Elear managed an average of 7.8.
There's one caveat here - it might not be entirely justifiable to do a direct Focal Clear (2017) vs. Focal Elear review average comparison since they aren't priced the same and more expensive products tend to get higher review scores from some sources.