Focal Celestee Headphones
Focal Celestee Headphones
Focal Celestee Headphones

Focal Celestee: Affordable hi-fi headphones

Focal positions Celestee headphones as “affordable luxury.” These are the first French full-size headphones that came out in Navy Blue, and the fact that their debut occurred at the beginning of the year is already becoming a tradition: Focal also presented previous headphones in February – however, the 2019 model Stellia is in a higher price range categories. An analogue, as close as possible to the new product in terms of ideology, can be considered closed-back headphones Elegia, released a year earlier. Celestee differs from them in details, but the style and all external design features are repeated exactly. As for the internals, the Celestee features the same M-shaped aluminum-magnesium dome drivers.

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Accordingly, Celestee repeats the main characteristics of Elegia. Celestee cups have a complex internal volume structure that almost completely eliminates internal resonances. Focal also promised precise tonal balance with deep bass and clear mids and highs. The metal headband of the new product has a soft leather and microfiber finish. Leather ear pads provide increased sound insulation. The dark blue cases are complemented by details in copper and bronze colors, and the set includes a stylish case for carrying and storage.

Focal Celestee closed-circuit stereo phones belong to the proprietary audiophile series designed for home listening. However, this model goes well not only with stationary, but also with portable sources, since it has an impedance of 35 Ohms with a fairly high sensitivity. You can easily record any modern Hi-Res player as a companion to such headphones.

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Focal notes that literally every detail was carefully thought out in Celestee. The headphones have shaped aluminum cup holders that guarantee good pressure. To ensure a decent level of comfort, 20 mm thick ear pads are used, equipped with memory foam filling and lined with microfiber fabric that prevents the formation of sweat. The headband has a precisely calculated ergonomic shape, and its covering includes leather and microfiber with perforations. Therefore, in the Focal Celestee you can spend long hours without getting tired and listening to your favorite tracks in complete silence, since the excellent passive isolation cuts out external noise and allows you to fully concentrate on the musical material. All these amenities are harmoniously complemented by high-tech design.

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The Focal Celestee headphones are equipped with next-generation 40mm drivers that feature an M-shaped dome diaphragm made from aluminum-magnesium alloy and have a larger radiating area than conventional diaphragms of the same size. Thanks to such emitters, it is possible to obtain extremely accurate sound with excellent dynamics and a fairly wide frequency range. The drivers are equipped with ultra-thin elastic suspensions and frameless voice coils with pure copper wires and are placed in closed anti-resonance cups.

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The model has a removable double-sided cable with 3.5 mm connectors that connect to the cups and snap securely into the sockets. A 3.5 mm plug is used to connect to the source. The kit includes an adapter for 6.3 mm jacks and a hard case, the geometric shape of which matches the Focal Celestee. A proprietary stand for hanging headphones is available as an option. The manufacturer notes that these headphones can withstand a fairly high input power, demonstrating accurate, realistic, detailed and dynamic sound in any conditions.

Characteristics of Focal Celestee

Type closed monitor dynamic headphones
Category wired
Impedance 35 Ohms
Sensitivity 105 dB (1 kHz, 1 mW)
Harmonic coefficient less than 0.1% (1 kHz, at a sound pressure level of 100 dB)
Frequency range 5 Hz – 23 kHz
Speakers 40 mm (1.57”) wideband electrodynamic emitters with increased membrane stroke, M-shaped dome membrane made of aluminum-magnesium alloy, elastic suspensions 110 microns thick, lightweight rigid frameless coils wound with copper wire
Cup material plastic, metal
Ear pad material microfiber fabric, memory foam Straight
cable, double-sided, detachable, OFC copper conductors, outer fabric braid, 3.5 mm cup connectors, length: 1.2 m
3.5 mm plug
Hard case included
Adapter for 6.3 mm jacks
Headphone weight 430 g
Case dimensions (WxHxD) 250x120x240 mm