Focal Stellia

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  1. westermac

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    I hope the sound is more appealing than the color scheme. Reminds me of changing a diaper.
     
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    Elegia and the Clear sound nothing alike, Clear is closer to a 650 with more subbass whereas Elegia sounds more like an 800 again with attouch more subbass (tonally for both comparisons, obviously technicalities differ greatly).
     
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    I swear it looks like a Clear but change the outer grill and give it a weird paint-job.

    I do think the LCD2C will feel better on more people's heads than this.
     
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    The Moon Audio page says that the drivers are "a new generation of electrodynamic speaker drivers". That's pretty much marketing speak for a dynamic driver right?
     
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    I'd certainly be curious to see pics of the amp/dac... Or is it a separate amp and a separate dac?
     
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    E31C2842-0EDF-4887-B220-1950D6DA523E.jpeg Focal Arche
     
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    If the Sellia pads on the utopia make them a little thicker, maybe the utopia pads on the Stellia can tame the bass.
     
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    $2500/£2499 Arche DAC/Amp all Class A.

    Interesting concept of the headphone stand. Never would thought of that. But my dick went soft after reading the price tag.
     
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    Not made, or even designed by Focal. Designed and made by Micromega, who do actually have form in terms of HiFi, but from what I can see their singular DAC offering is currently the $300, or thereabouts, MyDAC - I've not heard it, but from other's opinions it does seem competent for its pricing.

    Funny thing is that the Arche apparently has presets for all Focal headphones, which I'm assuming to be an EQ curve of some sort. This kind of says to me "Sorry we screwed up on the transducer end, but hey, just buy this for a few thousand, and all will be well again. Hey, don't mention it". At least Audeze give their screwup mitigator Reveal plug-in away for free.

    OK I admit that I'm being my typically cynical self, but I'm really curious to hear other peoples opinions on this DAC/Amp, and also to hear it for myself.
     
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    Nope. Perf pads only really work on open headphones. Put em on a closed can and everything is completely sucked out in the lower midrange on down, and not in a balanced way. Something about how the pressurization works... remains to be explored.

    Same effect on the ZMFs too. Never try perf pads on the Eikon or Atticus, suddenly it'll sound like a Grado being played off a phone. Interesting, but awful.
     
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    More pics, adding onto what was posted, also their press release:
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    I'll need to check in at my local dealer to see when they'll have em in.

    I've always wanted Utopia but my girlfriend is so goddamn loud around the house I need closed backed headphones or IEMs.

    Kinda interesting to see the direction they went making these headphones seemingly the perfect companion to DAPs. It would be a feat to have a flagship be portable and compatible with something like an Astell & Kern SP1000, ect.
     
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    Well....at least you don't have to look at it while it's on your head right?
     
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    I thought they were pretty unremarkable.
     
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    I will be the oddball here... I like how it looks(from pictures). Have not herd it yet... maybe at TSAV or 2019 LA canjamed.
     
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    All they had to do was make them a shade of grey or even black. But no, some 'turd' decided brown would bring the masses.
     
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    Not brown, "Cognac". As the Focal rep said in that Head-fi interview, "because we're French".
     
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    He was just being polite. I'm pretty sure he meant merde.
     
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    Clearly we are too unsophisticated to appreciate the nuances of the astonishing quality of design. Plebians.
     
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    From innerfidelity: "These presets are not actually EQ augmentations, but a more complicated state of affairs that includes adjustments to the voltage being sent to the selected headphone."
     

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