Focal Celestee Headphone Review: Incredibly Detailed Sound


Focal’s Celestee closed-back headphones are one of those beautiful objects that can make you believe in the possibility of a life without compromise. An extraordinary listening experience combines with bold design and superb build quality to create truly spectacular headphones.

The $ 990 Celestee replaces the $ 899 Elegia model in Focal’s lineup and is now the entry-level model in the company’s line that peaks with the $ 3,999 Utopia open cans.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best headphones, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.

Built to last

The design of the Celestee is striking, with a navy blue and copper color scheme evoking the interior of an ultra-high-end luxury car. The ear cushions, covered in semi-aniline leather which should last longer than other types of leather, offer comfort and excellent sound insulation.

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Celestee’s closed-back helmets are wrapped in semi-aniline leather; that is, top grain leather treated with a dye that has a small amount of pigment.

The headphones use the same dyed leather overlaid with a blue stainless steel grille. The copper badge features an engraving of the Focal logo and the message that they were “Fabriqué en France”.

The leather headband features a microfiber lining that makes them much more comfortable to wear for a long period of time. The rigid aluminum yoke helps ensure a perfect fit no matter the size or shape of your head.

There is a 4 foot mini jack cable that splits to plug into each headphone. Both the cable and headphone jacks are labeled L and R to match left / right. There is also a 1/4-inch jack adapter.

The carrying case picks up the copper and blue colors of the headphones and features a quality zipper that matches the construction of the cans.

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The Celestee’s carrying case resembles a couture bag.

The overall effect is of a futuristic Atomic Age design that could have been introduced in the mid-20s.th-the world’s fair of the century. Look for these headphones on display in an art museum sometime in the next 50 years.


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