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Fo­cal’s ‘Clear’ head­phones are now avail­able in Aus­tralia for the first time. They use a new-gen­er­a­tion, full-range driver whose di­aphragm is formed into an in­verted ‘M’-shaped 40-mm dome. The di­aphragm is made from alu­minium/mag­ne­sium al­loy and driven by a 25.5mm­di­am­e­ter frame­less cop­per voice-coil. Fo­cal says that us­ing cop­per as the voice-coil ma­te­rial, rather than some lighter con­duc­tor, en­ables a higher mag­netic field to be gen­er­ated, im­prov­ing sen­si­tiv­ity, which is rated at 104dBSPL for 1mW (@ 1kHz), and thus the dy­nam­ics of the au­dio sig­nal. The nom­i­nal im­ped­ance of the de­sign is 55 and its fre­quency range is spec­i­fied at 5Hz to 28kHz.

‘ Clear is the new­est model in the range, of­fer­ing a more open sound than the Fo­cal Elear head­phones, while of­fer­ing more warmth and bass re­sponse than the Utopia head­phones,’ said Ge­orge Poutakidis, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of BusiSoft, which dis­trib­utes Fo­cal head­phones in Aus­tralia. ‘ The ac­ces­sories alone make it a fan­tas­tic deal, be­cause it comes with a great travel case and three ca­bles for use with ev­ery type of elec­tronic equip­ment, from au­dio­phile porta­bles to top-end sys­tem am­pli­fi­ca­tion. One ca­ble has a 3.5mm mini jack, one a 6.35mm phone jack and the other has XLR 4-pin con­nec­tors. All ca­bles are low-re­sis­tance 24AWG oxy­gen-free cop­per, with cot­ton braided sheaths.’ Avail­able now, the Fo­cal Clear head­phones sell for $2,199 (RRP). For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Busiso AV on 1300 888 602 or visit the web­site at www.busiso

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