Focal Spirit One S Headphones Review

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French-based audio brand Focal created their Spirit One S headphones with their signature speakers in mind, utilizing some of the same technology. The brand describes this as a headset for ‘digital nomads,’ or those who want to take the latest technology and high-quality audio with them everywhere they go. And reviews indicate that buyers are definitely given more than they expect, and are extremely happy with their purchase.

Reviewers have described this set’s sound as rich, smooth, and balanced, and it even offers a decent amount of noise isolation. This is thanks especially to its 40mm drivers, which are made from mylar and titanium, as well as its soft memory foam ear cups. Its detachable wire measures 55 inches in length and includes a microphone and three-button remote to enable phone calls as well as music listening.

Its headband is adjustable and also includes some padding at the top, although several buyers have claimed that it feels too tight around their heads. And each set comes with a hard-cover case as well as a cloth bag to make travel and storage easier. Although not many can justify spending $250, it’s clear that most how have purchased this set are very satisfied.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

-Amazing sound quality

-Eye-catching design

-Great cushioning

-Not too bulky

Cons

-Expensive price tag

-Inconsistent durability

-Can feel uncomfortable

Activities
Activities

Activities

From looking at its overall build and design, it's clear that the Spirit One S is not intended to be used during intense workouts. There is also no IP rating shown on any of its listings, meaning that it can't resist water and should not be used while out in the rain or snow. In fact, almost everything about this headset indicates that it was designed more for professional audio usage or casual settings.

With that said, it is still possible for buyers to use this headset while they are out for a walk or jog, on their skateboard or rollerblades, or even for a simple training session at the gym. Its three-button remote/microphone makes it just as fit for phone calls as it does for music and videos. And the fact that it can fold down flat, and often comes with either a cloth bag or carrying case, makes it a relatively easy model to travel with.

This set's 55-inch detachable cord may get in the way while being used on the go, so buyers will have to be careful to not get it caught on passing objects. Other than that, this proves to be a decent option for both professional and everyday usage.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

The Spirit One S is an over-the-ear headset with a closed-back design, and each ear cup houses a 40mm mylar/titanium driver. The ear padding is made from memory foam, which feels soft against the head and adds to its overall noise isolation. The headband also had padding at the top, and its fit is adjustable in order to better fit a wider range of head sizes.

This set's 55-inch wire is detachable and easily plugs into the left ear cup. It also includes a three-button remote/microphone to enable phone calls as well as music listening. Each set also comes with a hard case and cloth bag, as well as a 1/4 adapter and an airplane adapter for greater versatility.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

All listings and descriptions show that the Spirit One S doesn't have any external advanced features. Everything about this set that truly enhanced its performance is either located on the inside or can't be seen at all with the naked eye.

The headset's frequency range is listed as 5Hz - 20kHz, which is noticeably wider than most other sets that are on the market. Its sensitivity is set at 104 dB, showing that it can reach very high volumes if the wearer prefers. And it has an impedance level of 32 ohms, meaning that it's more resistant to a possible blowout and, therefore, better fit for use along with professional audio equipment.
Sound Quality
Sound Quality

Sound Quality

Based on this set's online reviews and ratings, there's no doubt that the Spirit One S's sound quality is its best selling point. Although this is exactly how it should be for all headphones, buyers are especially impressed with what this one has to offer. Audiophiles are left feeling more than satisfied, and the average consumer is given a lot more than they had anticipated.

This is thanks primarily to this set's 40mm drivers, which are formed with a combination of mylar and titanium. When combined with closed-back design and memory foam ear cups, buyers are given an incredibly smooth and balanced sound experience that also includes noise isolation. In fact, one reviewer even stated that they could hear every instrument clearly every time they listened to their music.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

Since it's not a wireless headset, the Spirit One S does not rely on Bluetooth, WiFi, or any other form of wireless connectivity in order to function properly. Instead, it comes with a 55-inch detachable cable, which also features a built-in microphone/remote, that can easily plug into the buyer's laptop, phone, or tablet. A gold plated adapter is also included along with the set, which allows it to plug into larger equipment such as speakers or recording devices.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Spirit One S looks like it would be a very comfortable pair of headphones, and most reviews seem to back this claim up. It features large memory foam ear cups that feel soft against the head, while also providing noise isolation, and its headband is adjustable to fit a wider range of head shapes. The top of the band also includes some padding to prevent possible discomfort and better enable all-day wear.

With all of this said, one of the most common complains about this pair of headphones is that they feel too tight around the wearer's head. At the very least, they feel a noticeable pressure that keeps them from wearing it for an extended period of time. This does mean, unfortunately, that those with larger heads might want to look elsewhere for another set.
Style
Style

Style

The Spirit One S's over-the-ear, the closed-back design lets buyers know that they'll be given incredible sound quality and a great deal of cushioning. The memory foam ear cups showcase a soft fit and noise isolation, and the detachable 55-inch cable attaches securely to the right side. The design of its headband clearly shows that its fit is adjustable, and all buyers can see that this set will be easy to fold down and store away.

Both the brand and model names are prominently displayed on the back of each ear cup, as is the brand logo. In addition, the words 'the spirit of sound' are imprinted at the top of the headband.

These particular headphones are only available in one color scheme, which is black and silver with some red accents. Even so, buyers don't seem to mind the limited option at all since they mainly purchase this set for its performance.
Durability
Durability

Durability

According to several reviews, the Spirit One S's overall level of durability is very inconsistent. These look like they would be a very sturdy pair, much less likely to fall apart than a standard set of earbuds, and its substantial closed-back design does protect the headphones' inner workings. Some sets also come stored away in their own hard case, which allows them to stay protected and last even longer than they would without it.

Unfortunately, there is still a significant number of buyers who claim that this set started to come apart after only a few months. Upon purchase, they notice that the materials aren't as high quality as they should be, which leads to damage that buyers don't expect on this type of headset. And the fact that it's not meant to be used anywhere near water severely limits its versatility and usage.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

It shouldn't surprise buyers that the Spirit One S is an incredibly easy pair of headphones to use. There's no need to charge this set, pair it with a device or worry about its connectivity or battery life. Buyers only have to plug it into their chosen device in order for it to be completely usable.

The detachable cable features a microphone/remote unit for calls and music listening, and a gold-plated adapter allows this set to be used along with more professional audio equipment, adding to its versatility. Each set also comes with either a cloth bag or a hard case to make traveling and storage safer and more convenient.

Where things could get a bit difficult, however, is this set's convenience and overall versatility. Both its size and the connecting wire can make it very inconvenient for use during certain workouts, and the fact that it has no IP rating means that it should be kept far away from water. Some buyers might not be able to wear these headphones for an extended period, as they're known to feel tight around their heads.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

Since it's not a wireless headset, there's no need to constantly charge the Spirit One S in between each use. All that buyers have to do is plug the detachable 55-inch cable into the left ear cup and then plug the other end into their chosen device, be it a phone, a tablet, or even a laptop computer. It can also be plugged into a larger adapter, which is included with the headphones when the buyer is using larger audio equipment.

While this might be inconvenient for some buyers, especially those who have grown used to wireless headsets, this particular design does have its advantages. Not only does this reduce the buyer's chances of losing it, or their device, but it also means that they don't have to worry about inconsistent connectivity or monitoring its battery life.
Price
Price

Price

Even for a pair of high-quality headphones, the Spirit One S is considered to be extremely expensive. It was originally listed for a staggering $250 on the Focal website, and at many other retailers that sell audio equipment. Even though great deals can be found on sites such as Amazon and eBay, their prices might still be considered too high for some buyers.

Many who work in the audio industry believe that this pair's sound quality more than justifies its staggering cost. Not only does it provide an amazing range and pitch, but several reviewers state that they can hear every instrument clearly whenever they listen to music.

However, things prove to be very different when it comes to the needs of the average buyer. It's not the best accessory for most workouts and is known to be quite uncomfortable despite its adjustable fit. Some reviewers have also complained that it lacks overall durability, stating that it fell apart after only a few months.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-5Hz to 20kHz response range
-40mm mylar/titanium drivers
-Memory foam ear cups
-Padded, adjustable headband
-Detachable 55-inch cord
-1/4-inch adapter
-Airplane adapter
-Three-button remote/microphone
-Expensive $250 price tag
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Although it looks like any other over-the-ear headset, the Focal Spirit One S offers a wide range of buyers more than they expected. Multiple reviewers have praised its smooth and balanced sound quality, stating that it's just as perfect for professional audio work as it is for daily activities. Several have also claimed that it provides noise isolation, aided even further by the memory foam ear cups.

Its ability to fold down, detachable wire, and carrying case make this set easier to travel with, and they can easily carry on phone calls thanks to its combination remote/microphone. Two different adapters further ensure its versatility, and its soft padding and adjustable headband give buyers the impression that it will give them a comfortable fit.

However, not everyone can easily justify this set's staggering $250 price tag, especially since it's known to lack overall durability. They also state that, despite its adjustable wear, it's known to feel unusually tight around the buyer's head. Although this set is an audiophile's dream, buyers should still consider trying it on first before they find an incredible deal.