Thursday, 18 February 2021 00:39

Focal Celestee, the latest French luxury mobile headphones launch at A$1399

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If you thought Apple's AirPods Max were expensive at A$899, there's a whole world of even higher priced, super luxurious headphones on the market that aim to tempt audiophiles into saying "Oui, je veux Focal Celestee!"

Following the launch of Focal's Stellia headphones in 2019, the company has released its latest model dubbed Celestee, which it says delivers "uncompromising audio quality."

Promising "modern design and a blue finish", while showcasing the French brand’s "savoir-faire" in audio, Focal has been on the headphones market since 2012, developing what it says is "a universally acclaimed collection of open-back and closed-back headphones."

The company says it "focuses on combining sophisticated shades to create headphones with a highly original identity", which it claims is "unique in its market segment".

The brand has chosen Navy Blue after working with a "Designer & Product Colourist", and notes this is "the first time this blue has made an appearance in the Focal collection", and that it "blends harmoniously with the Soft Copper finish."

Dubbing navy as "the new black", we're told that "dark blue is a versatile and timeless colour that has been increasing in popularity."

By choosing Navy Blue, Focal says it is "adding a sophisticated, sumptuous feel to the headphones."

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Doris Bölck, a Designer & Product Colourist that collaborated with Focal on the new Celestee headphones said: "The combination of this blue with copper and bronze accents is a trend influenced by interior and accessory design, and has become popular in watchmaking and consumer electronics sectors. These shades offer a very interesting and elegant alternative to more traditional chrome and silver parts."

Unique Focal Savoir-Faire

For over 40 years, Focal notes that it has been "characterised by French innovation and manufacturing. The engineers have taken inspiration from their developments with the Elegia headphones and introduced acoustic treatment inside the Celestee earcups.

"The sound is precise, balanced and boasts beautiful depth in the bass. This exclusive technology is enhanced by the French savoir-faire of Focal: once the five manufacturing stages involved in the speaker drivers are complete, they are tested and measured, and then kitted out by dedicated teams to provide uncompromising audio quality."

Fine Materials and Comfort

We're told that "Celestee incorporates a combination of fine materials. Once again, attention is paid to every detail, including the accessories with the thermoformed woven carrying case in colours to match the headphones. The clean lines of the aluminium yoke create controlled geometry to mould perfectly to the head while providing optimal grip.

"The choice of a semi-aniline leather and microfibre headband, as well as leather earpads, provides added comfort while offering excellent soundproofing, whether you use Celestee at home or on the go."

The new Focal Celestee closed-back headphones are available now exclusively in Australia and New Zealand through BusiSoft AV and its authorised dealers at A$1399.

BusiSoft AV reminds us that it is "a personal and home audio wholesaler that distributes high end headphones, speakers, amps, personal audio players and other luxury audio equipment and accessories bringing the best international innovations to the Australian and New Zealand market."


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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