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 Hi @Arcamera, I understand where you're coming from. One would think that there has to be some ties between the Elear/Utopia and Focal's other headphones (the Spirit line and now the Listen) beyond the Focal name, but there's just not, in my opinion. I dig the Focal Listen and the Spirit line for what they are, but the Elear/Utopia simply stand quite apart from all of the other current Focal headphones.
Let's get this thread back on topic.   (There will likely be was a pruning of posts, for obvious reasons.)
 Tim, I'm sorry I missed you yesterday. I was up in the seminar / scheduled auditions area for most of yesterday (one floor up). I hope you'll be back today, as I'll be in the big room for most of today.
 No, that's definitely not the case. I posted about this earlier at the following link: http://www.head-fi.org/t/811270/focal-elear-and-utopia-launch-with-impressions-head-fi-tv/1725#post_12781705
 No, that's definitely not the conclusion here. What's most fun and interesting about the pad swap is that, yes, you can Elearize one or Utopia'ize the other. However, the comparison also makes clear the differences between the drivers--the Utopia driver's superiority (in terms of resolution and refinement) is made even more evident. In other words, with a Utopia with Elear pads, I don't think I'd ever miss the Elear--I would, however, miss the Utopia with Elear pads if...
There's been talk of pad-swapping between the Elear and Utopia. Then @Stillhart sent me this message:  Up to that point, I hadn't tried swapping the pads, so was thrilled to read that. As I said in an earlier post...  This is obviously a personal preference thing, and Stillhart preferred the stock Utopia to the Utopia with Elear earpads. The other day I made the swap, and I'll spend more time with the Utopia with the Elear pads, but so far I'm digging it--a lot. I'll spend...
 No, the HE-1 Orpheus would still get the clear nod. As I said in the CanJam London video, I feel the Utopia's overall performance is matched only by a few top-performing planar magnetic headphones, and exceeded only by the very best electrostatic headphones in the world. The new Orpheus is, in my opinion, perhaps without peer right now (and I still haven't had a chance to try the HE-1 Orpheus with the Chord DAVE yet). My Stax SR-009 and Stax SR-007 Mk1 with the Frank...
 Actually, @griff2, the answer is pretty simple: It was a last-minute trip (flight booked Thursday, shot on Friday), and @joe was on vacation. (joe shoots all our video.) I'm definitely more a photography guy than a videography guy (to say the least). So I brought the camera, the tripod, the mics, and the audio recorder to NYC and shot it myself. I admit I was just kind of dead-reckoning my way through it--just moving dials around, and pressing buttons, until it wasn't too...
NOTE:  If you can't see the embedded video above, please CLICK HERE to see the video.   More than ten years ago, Val Kolton called me to introduce himself and his company V-MODA--they've come a long way since then. Roland of Japan took notice, and decided to join forces with V-MODA, which is being officially announced today. We had a chance to talk to Val Kolton (CEO of V-MODA) in New York City (just before he headed out to Japan for the announcement), and he told us...
  
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