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Focal Clear (2017)
Focal Elear
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Focal Clear (2017) vs Focal Elear

Analysis:

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.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
SoundGuys
The Master Switch
HomeTheaterReview.com
Tom's Guide
Rtings
Headphone Review
The Verge
Head-fi
Headfonics
iMore
Tech. Specs Comparison
Focal Clear (2017)
Focal Elear
$5,999
Wireless
No
No
Higher than average expert review score
Has average expert review score
7.9
Overall Avg. for Open-Back Headphones
7.8
Avg. Review Score
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