Apr 7, 2019

Focal Elex matched with Fiio A5

I have now been sent two pair of the Focal Elex and for some reason they don't work well with this portable device. Can someone give me some insite into what may be the problem. When the bass is played it crackles. Massdrop is letting me send them back but I wanted to see if I'm doing anything wrong. Any ideas?

Elex is low impedance headphone and very sensitive to secondary distortions. Try to turn OFF bluetooth receiver on Q5 Bass cracking is due to not enough power to drive Elex on bass pick moment. Plug Elex to more powerful amp, and the crack will gone. It was discussed before on Elex page. Regards, Kim
Do you have issues with any other headphones connected to the device? Do the headphones crackle when connected directly to a cellphone, computer, or other amplifier?
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Some folks really should just stick with Beats and leave the good cans for those who can enjoy them...
I mean, done right that might "work" but you really should be upconverting to a 64 bit encoding before making massive adjustments like that. Also would need a corresponding pre-amp inverse adjustment to avoid clipping out the gate. Not something I recommend (or do myself) but different strokes for different folks. I agree if you need a 12db boost in the sub bass, don't look at the Elex. For that much bass I would point people to the X00 or Ultrasone Pro900. The Pro900 is like strapping two subs to your head and can be powered by damn near anything.