Deluxe French speaker and headphone manufacturer Focal has just announced a new pair of mobile headphones to follow up on the launch of its Stellia model back in 2019. The new Celestee headphones have an amazingly wide frequency response and a modern design that’s unmistakably Focal and has a distinctive smart blue finish.
Focal originally branched out from building speakers and launched into the headphone market back in 2012. Since then, it’s garnered some excellent reviews and a great reputation for making some brilliant headphones that sound as good as they look. The flagship Utopia model. Was particularly well received and the company now makes both open-back and closed-back headphones.
Focal’s engineers drew inspiration for the new Celestee headphones from the design of the company’s Elegia model. The Celestee have added acoustic treatment inside the earcups to produce a sound that’s precise and balanced but with satisfyingly deep bass. One of my criticisms of the Focal Stellia was the absence of a satisfyingly deep bass so I can’t wait to hear what the Celestee sound like.
Like all of Focal’s headphones, the Celestee have been made using a combination of fine materials. Attention has been paid to the finish and detail, plus the accessories, which include a thermoformed woven carrying case, are in colors that match the headphones.
The clean lines of the aluminum yoke have been designed to mold perfectly to the listener’s head, providing just the right amount of grip while still feeling comfortable. The choice of semi-aniline leather, microfibre headband, plus real leather earpad should add a distinctive luxury feel to the headphones, as well as offering excellent soundproofing.
I hope to get a chance to review the Focal Celestee very soon and I’ll let you know what I think as soon as I can.
Pricing and availability: The Focal Celestee are available now priced at £999.00 / €999.00 / $990.00
More info: www.focal.com
- Type: Circum-aural closed-back headphones
- Impedance: 35Ω
- Sensitivity: 105dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz
- THD: 0.1% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL
- Frequency response: 5Hz – 23kHz
- Cables supplied: 1.2m OFC 24 AWG cable with 3.5mm connector + 6.35mm adapter