French high-end audio brand, Focal today announced Celestee luxury over-ear headphones for $990. They incorporate 1-5/8″ (40mm) Aluminium/Magnesium ‘M’-shaped dome full-range speaker drivers as did Focal’s first high-end closed-back headphone, Elegia.
In terms of design, Celestee earpads, headband and earcups boast a Navy Blue semi-aniline leather finish. Their Soft Copper details (speaker driver grille, cable connectors, rings, etc.) create a sophisticated look. The brand chose Navy Blue after working with a Designer & Product Colorist. It is the first time this blue has made an appearance in the Focal collection, and it blends harmoniously with the Soft Copper finish.
“Navy is the new Black. Dark blue is a versatile and timeless color 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.”Doris Bölck, Designer & Product Colorist
The engineers at Focal have taken inspiration from their nearly identical looking Elegia headphones and added acoustic treatment inside the Celestee earcups. The company claims Celestee’s sound is precise, balanced and boasts beautiful depth in the bass. Further adding Celestee owners should experience outstanding tonal balance and incredible bass extension with precise treble and high-mids.
A thermoformed woven carrying case in colors to match the headphones is included. The clean lines of the aluminum yoke create controlled geometry to mold perfectly to the head while providing optimal grip. The choice of a semi-aniline leather and microfiber headband, as well as leather earpads, provides added comfort while offering excellent soundproofing, whether you use Celestee at home or on the go.
- Closed-back headphones for home and on-the-go use
- Outstanding design, fine materials and Navy Blue finishes, with Soft Copper details
- Remarkable sound performance: incredible bass extension, and tonal balance unrivalled in their category
- Low impedance (35 Ohms) to ensure uncompromising use with a portable audio player
Product Launch Video
|Type||Circum-aural closed-back headphones|
|Sensitivity||105dB SPL / 1 mW @ 1 kHz|
|THD||0.1 % @ 1 kHz / 100 dB SPL|
|Frequency response||5Hz – 23kHz|
|Speaker driver||1-5/8″ (40mm) Aluminium/Magnesium ‘M’-shaped dome|
|Cables supplied||• 1 x 4 ft. (1.2m) OFC 24 AWG cable with 1/8″ (3.5mm) unbalanced TRS Jack connector|
• 1 x Jack adapter, 1/8″ (3.5mm) point socket 1/4″ (6.35mm) point plug
|Carrying case provided||9-7/8 x 9-1/2 x 4-3/4″ (250x240x120mm)|
Pricing & Availability
The Focal Celestee will be available in the US for $990 in February 2021. For more information visit here, https://www.focal.com/us/headphones/for-home/celestee.
About Focal Naim North America
Born from the merger of Focal, world leader in acoustic sound made in France, and Naim Audio, world leader in British-made hi-fi electronics, Vervent Audio Group’s brand subsidiaries signal a new investment phase and direction for Vervent in the US and Canada. By creating its own distribution entity, the group is striving to turn the North American territory into the market leader for Focal which turned 40 in 2019, and Naim which just turned 45.
About Vervent Audio Group
Vervent Audio Group was born in 2011, incorporating Focal and Naim Audio. Each brand brings its own expertise: Focal is a French manufacturer of loudspeaker technologies and hi-fi speakers, whose expertise extends to pro-audio speakers, in-car audio, custom install products and headphones. Naim is a renowned British electronics specialist, specializing in two-channel Hi-Fi, multi-room music streaming systems, amplifiers and music servers. Both are recognized as exceptional brands in their countries: Naim is a multiple Queen’s Award winner, while Focal is designated by the French state as an Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant. Together, they have united their unique areas of excellence & innovation and constitute a High-Fidelity reference point in the world. Vervent Audio’s key markets are Europe, Asia and North America; strategic territories in which the Group open Focal Powered by Naim flagship stores.