I wanted me some Focal headphones

One of the popular exhibits at previous Montreal shows has been the Personal Audio Zone, at which attendees could listen to a wide variety of headphones. This has been retained at SSI 2014, but with the difference that people could actually buy headphones. At least, that was the idea.

A headphone that I've heard a lot of good things about is the Focal Spirit Professional. A friend recently asked me to recommend a headphone, and I told him that, although I haven't heard the Focal Spirit Professional, there has been a lot of buzz about it, and this would be one of the headphones I would want to check out. And so I thought SSI 2014 would be a good opportunity for me to listen to the Focal Spirit Professional. However, as it turned out, Focal dealer www.audio3.com had all kinds of Focal headphones—but not the Spirit Professional. They were sold out on these. Bummer!