Performance Build Quality Comfort Value PRICE $1,499 AT A GLANCE Plus Aluminum/magnesium diaphragms Impeccable construction Balanced presentation Minus Less than spacious imaging THE VERDICT Focal’s Clear headphones are admirably well-balanced performers with irreproachable build quality and a gorgeous look. Is $1,499 a lot to pay for headphones? Well, how much is a lot? Only you can make the definitive decision about what is a good buy and what would be an undue burden on your checking account. Here’s how Focal thought through the problem. This formidable loudspeaker manufacturer gave its emergent headphone line its best shot in the Focal Utopia, a four-thousand-dollar product that we hailed with a five-star review. Its latest offering, the Focal Clear, borrows technology developed for the Utopia and cuts the price by more than half.