French speaker/headphone manufacturer Focal North America is releasing its first-ever in-ear headphone, Sphear, it was announced on Wednesday. A follow-up to Focal’s Spirit line of over-ear headphones, Sphear was, according to the company, created “to combat two pain points of discomfort with other in-ear headphones: excessive weight and volume at the ear canal."
Sphear uses memory foam tips on the front which adapt to the ear, while a housing at the back shifts the weight of the headphones to the outer ear. This bulbous shape makes it possible to have a larger 10.8mm driver.
“With this design, Sphear successfully provides both comfort as well as surprising tonal balance never heard before in this style of headphones,” Focal North America said in a statement.