I think, sound signature wise, Clear does not really sound like either of Utopia and Elear. I never really liked Utopia, I like neutral headphones but not over analytical one (say :HD800 and Utopia) They often time not very enjoyable to listen to, probably excel in certain genre, maybe Jazz or Symphony type of thing, just quieter music. When you listen to those louder and cymbal hammering type of music, analytical headphone always sounded lean and sometimes even painful to listen to. Clear definitely versatile in terms of handling different music genre, I listen to all types of music, except for Free Jazz and modern RAP(shxt) music. So far Clear handles all the genre I listen to very well. except for maybe Japanese pop/rock stuff. Japanese rock production has tendency to over compress everything and have high amount of presence to have that lively feel production, not playing well with edgey/bright headphones..had to turn down the volume. I feel Clear and LCD4 will compliment each other very well, one is balance and bright, one is lush and warm. Sound quality wise, I feel they are on the same level, maybe there are some headphones have even higher sound quality to them but I doubt the improvement will be any significant. I am pretty sure these two will be my end game. ps: I read thru this thread today and I saw someone mentioned "Clear is the first headphones I have that I want to build a system around them" This is exactly how I thought and what I am doing, I was pretty causal on headphones rigs, I didn't even have dedicated headphone amp, I always just plug in my audio interface's headphone out and listen, going out I was using iphone x with that lightning to 3.5 adapter plugged straight in with UERR. Now I bought the Sony WM1A after I got the Clear and just bought a 2nd hand Massdrop M9xx today. This weekend I will go out and get either Meier Corda Classic-ff or ifi iCan Pro for the Clear and incoming LCD-4 Clear is really this good, it's the first time for me wanted to build a system around one headphones, just want to enjoy the last tiny bit of musical nuance.