Looking suspiciously like the Highly Recommended Focal for Bentley Radiance headphones we recently reviewed, Focal has introduced a new closed-back headphone design called Celestee. Focal’s open-back headphone range has long had three price points with its Utopia (£3,699), Clear (£1,099) and Elear (£899) models, while its closed-back range had a price gap between the Stellia (£2,899) and the Elegia (£599) models. The introduction of the Celestee neatly bridges the gap at £999.
The Celestee features the 40mm Aluminium/Magnesium M-shaped dome full-range driver while Focal introduces a new navy blue colour treatment to complement soft copper details on the earcup finishes. They’re designed for home and on-the-go use. As a closed-back design, sound leakage is unlikely to be a problem and they should be easy to drive with an array of devices. The earpads have a semi-aniline leather finish. A luxury carry case is included.
Doris Bölck, Designer & Product Colourist says of the unique new design:
Navy is the new black. Dark blue is a versatile and timeless colour that has been increasing in popularity. By choosing navy blue, we are adding a sophisticated, sumptuous feel to the headphones. 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.
Here’s looking forward to the Focal Celestee coming to hifiandmusicsource.com.
For more than 35 years, Focal has been recognized as a leader on the global stage for its high fidelity products. The French company based in Saint-Étienne, manufacturers speaker drivers, home audio and multimedia loudspeakers, car audio systems, monitoring loudspeakers and audiophile headphones. Some of our loudspeakers and technologies have become world-renowned references in the Hi-Fi industry.
All Focal products are designed and developed in France: they benefit from 35 years of innovation in exclusive and patented acoustic technologies. A market leader in France, Focal exports more than 80% of its production, mainly to Europe, North America and South-East Asia. In 2011, Focal merged with Naim Audio Limited, the leader of high-end electronics in the UK. Vervent Audio Group, the resulting holding company, has a turnover of over €85 million.