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    SOLD!! Hifiman Arya + Hifiman Balanced cable

    OK. I will be considering - not sure I want to spend anything right now, but hope you are safe in NYC. It's intriguing and well priced for sure. Only great reviews on those phones.
  2. mamsterla

    SOLD!! Hifiman Arya + Hifiman Balanced cable

    How does these compare with your LCD-2? I have those right now and have Focal Stellia for close backs.
  3. mamsterla

    SOLD

    Would you separate the the Shanti? I am interested in that for an Allo USBridge.
  4. mamsterla

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    Board participant @teknorob23 built me some neotech cables (8 cores, 4 copper and 4 silver) which really sound good and are better than stock for comfort and sound. They are a little stiff due to single core silver. If you want flexible and great sound, go for a 4 or 8 core neotech copper...
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    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    The Stellias are pretty easy to drive, so you don't really need a heroic setup. You should look at the sound profile that you really like. As mentioned there seems to be some real synergy with the Chord gear. I was happy with my Chord Mojo, but I am getting a lot more drive and resolution out...
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    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    I just wanted to let folks here that I finally got my Drop THX AAA 789 headphone amp which I have paired with my Stellias. I am using a balanced TechnoRob Neotech Copper/Silver cable. I have this paired with an SMSL VMV D1 DAC which is balanced out to the THX AAA 789. The system is super...
  7. mamsterla

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    I am pretty handy, so I would love to go this route. What were your sources for the cable, the yoke? Also what are the correct plugs for the headphone terminations? I will happily roll my own for a fraction of the cost if you would not mind pointing me in the right direction.
  8. mamsterla

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    Seems like a lot of people like the Arctics cables on eBay. He makes a custom one for the Stella - 8 core Neotech POCC cable with balanced or normal termination. I will most likely end up going there over time. I too find the stock cables too stiff.
  9. mamsterla

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    I find the Stellia to have a great balance. I drive it with a Chord Mojo right now (and stock cables). I don't hear any muddy bass - in fact it is very articulate. More so than on my LCD2 which are known for their bass. Highs are not harsh to me either. I get crystalline bells, good shimmer...
  10. mamsterla

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    https://www.hifishark.com/search?q=focal+stellia+headphones You can get them below $2K if you wait
  11. mamsterla

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    I just joined the Stellia club. I got a used pair and am getting used to them. Trying them on my Mac Book streaming CD Ripped FLACs through a Chord Mojo. So far so good. I will try them out on a THX AA 789 and SMSL VMV D1 soon.
  12. mamsterla

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    It is the consumer reports of headphone reviews. More concerned with features than quality of sounds.
  13. mamsterla

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    Exactly. I have LCD2 which have that killer bass, but nowhere near the level of detail of newer phones. I find the main issue for me is fatigue. So if I have some high frequencies to damp down, that is what I would EQ. The Nobel Kaiser IEMs are pretty darn neutral to my ears and I don't EQ...
  14. mamsterla

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    Actually that is not true, some equipment does almost everything right. Many folks love the LCD4 with a touch of EQ to fix the high end peak. I am not looking at any drastic EQ at all. But there are times when some peak taming is in order. I tend to be pretty accepting of each of my...
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    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    I may be picking up some Stellias to augment my IEMs Noble Kaiser X10 and Massdrop+. I also have some pre-fazor Audeze LCD-2. I plan on driving them with the THX AAA 789 or my Chord Mojo. I was wondering if people are running any EQ at all on these. If so, what are your recommendations...
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