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Focal Clear (2017)
Sony MDR-1AM2
See Top Ranked Open-Back Headphones

Focal Clear (2017) vs Sony MDR-1AM2

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.

As for the Sony MDR-1AM2 - it impressed reviewers at Android Central, a trustworthy source that conducts solid hands-on testing. It did great in its "Best Wired Headphones for Samsung Galaxy Note 9" roundup - in fact, it earned its "Ranked 1 out of 10" title, which, on its own, indicates a certain level of quality.

When we thoroughly analyzed their review scores, we learned that all of the sources that tested both Open-Back Headphones, including Head-fi, preferred the Focal Clear (2017) over the Sony MDR-1AM2.

We also took a look at which sources they managed to impress the most. The Focal Clear (2017) was liked best by TechHive, which gave it a score of 10, while the Sony MDR-1AM2 got its highest, 8, score from hardwarezone.com.sg.

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 Sony MDR-1AM2 managed an average of 7.5.

There's one caveat here - it might not be entirely justifiable to do a direct Focal Clear (2017) vs. Sony MDR-1AM2 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
Headphone Review
The Verge
Head-fi
Android Central
hardwarezone.com.sg
TechHive
Tech. Specs Comparison
Focal Clear (2017)
Sony MDR-1AM2
$298
Wireless
No
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Higher than average expert review score
Has average expert review score
7.9
Overall Avg. for Open-Back Headphones
7.5
Avg. Review Score
Score
Recommendations
No Data
Recommended by trusted experts
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Wired Headphones for Samsung Galaxy Note 9” 
Last updated: 28 Sep 2018
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Wired Headphones for Galaxy S10 in 2021” 
Last updated: 13 Dec 2020

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