Focal Elegia - what do you think?
May 7, 2021 at 11:12 AM Post #2,716 of 2,753

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I am looking to get a 2.5 mm balanced cable. What are some good third party cables? I’m looking to spend less than $100 and hope for even under $50.
Meze audio has a 50$ option that is a bit springy but overall quite nice. Not braided if this is important to you
 
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I am looking to get a 2.5 mm balanced cable. What are some good third party cables? I’m looking to spend less than $100 and hope for even under $50.
Dyson Audio might have one. I have one with an XLR 4 pin connector but he offers multiple options. There are a bit of microphonics that kind of annoy me. Just gotta sit still. :)
 
May 8, 2021 at 7:35 AM Post #2,718 of 2,753

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Meze audio has a 50$ option that is a bit springy but overall quite nice. Not braided if this is important to you
Thx I’ll take a look at them.
Dyson Audio might have one. I have one with an XLR 4 pin connector but he offers multiple options. There are a bit of microphonics that kind of annoy me. Just gotta sit still. :)
Unfortunately these are used when mobile so if there are a lot of microphonics I might skip them.
 
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Out of my entire collection I'd say that's the headphone that needs EQ the most...
Sure my brain somewhat adapted to it after a while but after EQ it is great and toggling EQ off puts a blanket on the HP. I literally can't listen to it stock any longer, honky and veiled for me.
Preferences and taste I guess, no absolute truth
To each his own, I'd say. The naked truth is that the ones who can enjoy just what they got as is, are the silent majority. So you keep on equalizing and I go on enjoying my music.
 
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To each his own, I'd say. The naked truth is that the ones who can enjoy just what they got as is, are the silent majority. So you keep on equalizing and I go on enjoying my music.
"The naked truth is that the ones who can enjoy just what they got as is, are the silent majority" According to what or who? What does it even mean?
"So you keep on equalizing and I go on enjoying my music". I'm not sure what to do with your comment, feels like you're implying EQ'ing is a hassle or prevents from enjoying music somehow?
Have I offended you by saying I feel the opposite as you on this HP (that they absolutely require EQ for me)?

it's certainly OK to disagree and if you enjoy your stuff as is good for you. There is no absolute and it's so subjective as I stated previously. The FR police will not come pounding at your door if you listen at something that is not Harman.
 
May 9, 2021 at 2:18 AM Post #2,721 of 2,753

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The Elegia needs no EQ at all. Just good music and a good source. I will probably sell a lot of stuff now and get me an Elear on top.

Out of my entire collection I'd say that's the headphone that needs EQ the most...
Sure my brain somewhat adapted to it after a while but after EQ it is great and toggling EQ off puts a blanket on the HP. I literally can't listen to it stock any longer, honky and veiled for me.
Preferences and taste I guess, no absolute truth

I noticed this as I was reading more into people's comments about the Elegia - it is on the controversial category where there's about a 50-50 split between people liking their stock tonality and the other finding it terrible. I'm unfortunately on the latter side and mentioned it on my review of my own pair when I had them. It's a bit disappointing that the creators of the Clear made the tonality of the Elegia underwhelming and requires EQ to be correct sounding and even close to the Clear's excellent tonal balance. For those who love their stock tuning, more power to you guys and may they continue providing you enjoyment!

You have to find reviewers that your hearing agrees with as a reference poitn to get a better sense of whether you'd like a headphone or not. Not to dump on the Elegia, but they are a very capable closed-back marred by a tonality that is disappointing for me.
 
May 13, 2021 at 6:25 PM Post #2,725 of 2,753

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Preamp: -7.3 dB
Filter 1: ON PK Fc 87 Hz Gain -2.2 dB Q 2.25
Filter 2: ON PK Fc 307 Hz Gain -1.8 dB Q 1.41
Filter 3: ON PK Fc 1045 Hz Gain -3.1 dB Q 0.73
Filter 4: ON PK Fc 1759 Hz Gain -1.9 dB Q 4.49
Filter 5: ON PK Fc 2159 Hz Gain 3.1 dB Q 5.17
Filter 6: ON PK Fc 3735 Hz Gain 7.0 dB Q 2.41
Filter 7: ON PK Fc 4571 Hz Gain 4.2 dB Q 4.16
Filter 8: ON PK Fc 5538 Hz Gain -4.4 dB Q 1.62
Filter 9: ON PK Fc 7179 Hz Gain 2.8 dB Q 2.25
Filter 10: ON PK Fc 9761 Hz Gain 6.2 dB Q 1.69
 
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The following values were published by Oratory1990 on reddit.
These are most easily adapted to an application running on Windows called EqualizerAPO.
He was using the stock pads when he developed this profile.

Preamp: -7.3 dB
Filter 1: ON PK Fc 87 Hz Gain -2.2 dB Q 2.25
Filter 2: ON PK Fc 307 Hz Gain -1.8 dB Q 1.41
Filter 3: ON PK Fc 1045 Hz Gain -3.1 dB Q 0.73
Filter 4: ON PK Fc 1759 Hz Gain -1.9 dB Q 4.49
Filter 5: ON PK Fc 2159 Hz Gain 3.1 dB Q 5.17
Filter 6: ON PK Fc 3735 Hz Gain 7.0 dB Q 2.41
Filter 7: ON PK Fc 4571 Hz Gain 4.2 dB Q 4.16
Filter 8: ON PK Fc 5538 Hz Gain -4.4 dB Q 1.62
Filter 9: ON PK Fc 7179 Hz Gain 2.8 dB Q 2.25
Filter 10: ON PK Fc 9761 Hz Gain 6.2 dB Q 1.69
Thanks! Quite shocked by those high Q values honestly, I try to refrain from anything 1 and higher on my mini DSP since it can sound unnatural.

Reduction in base and an increase in highs, sound like what I am looking for honestly. The peak around 5.5 might be troubling but that's about it. Thanks for the quick reply
 
May 22, 2021 at 1:00 AM Post #2,727 of 2,753

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I owned these things for more than 6 months now, and haven't visited this thread in quite a while either.

I agree that stock, it had some odd sonic anomalies. Basically, I have come to find that Focal gave them the wrong ear cushions.

I have got to tell you that with the right cushions, it sounds spectacular. I have Dekoni Sheepskins on mine and I couldn't be happier.

I researched them before buying them, and some folks had some negative things to say about them. The issue is that they need to break in.

Now, a few months later, they have a fantastic soundstage and midrange - easily making my vaunted Sennheiser HD650 obsolete in every way. And unlike the HD650, it has powerful subbass and tight, tuneful bass. EQ no longer needed.

The closeout price plus cost of the Dekonis still makes this an amazing deal. Get em if you still can!
 
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I've been using the dekoni limited stellia pads for a few weeks now and before that I also had the normal sheepskin and the stellia sound a lot better.

What's better? Does it still have the same amount of bass as the sheepskin pads?
 

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