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Wired for sound: French Hi-Fi specialist Focal wows with reference Clear Mg home headphones

High-end French audio brand Focal has launched new reference headphones, the Clear Mg. Designed for Hi-Fi enthusiasts and discerning music lovers, these new open-back home cans represent four years of research and development into an all new magnesium dome design for the 40mm speaker drivers used in the Clear Mg. 

This new alloy is said to have greater lightness, rigidity and damping, core to the performance of these premium cans. The result is said to be fine, precise and impactful. 

Although ideally used with a headphone amplifier/DAC, Clear Mg headphones can also be used without compromise with a portable audio player, says the company.

Adopting a stylish chestnut and metal finish, the Clear Mg blend classic and modern aesthetics, with a build quality and finish that looks predictably sumptuous. To be honest, we’ve yet to see any Focal kit that wasn’t drop dead gorgeous.

Adopting a stylish chestnut and metal finish, the Clear Mg blend classic and modern aesthetics…

The solid aluminium yoke has been developed to better fit the face, while the headband, cocooned in genuine leather and microfibre, offers a constant curve, no matter which way your head turns.  

The ear cups sport a distinctive honeycomb grille, matching the perforation pattern on the ear pads, which contribute to an extended soundstage. Wired, not wireless, the Clear Mg ship with a 1.2m mini-jack cable with 6.35mm jack adapter, 3m 4-pin XLR cable and a 3.5mm – 6.35mm adaptor.

The St. Étienne brand is recognised by the French state as a Living Heritage Company (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant). 

 The Focal Clear MG are priced at £1,399.

Swedish audio outfit Transparent lights our fire with Bluetooth Light Speaker lantern

Innovative Swedish audio brand Transparent has launched the Light Speaker, a portable Bluetooth speaker designed as a traditional outdoor lantern, complete with glowing, natural light.  The lamp mimics the look and feel of real flames, from the light temperature and brightness, to a characteristic flicker that glows with your music.  As well as being ableContinue Reading

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