Feb 16, 2019 at 11:14 AM
Headphoneus SupremusPreviously known as ILLMATIC9108
- Mar 4, 2016
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Trading a 10' black rubber snake for a shorter, but sheathed cable that is a bit more flexible and comfortable is a great move. I can't believe the stock Utopia cable sells for nearly $1,050 on Amazon. :Ops i forgot to mention that i'd happily swap the utopia's stock cable for the stellia's
How would you compare Stellia to TH900s?i found out today that my local headphone dealer has had the stellia for about a month and has now made it available for audition. i didn't have as much time as i would have liked to spend with it as i arrived at the store 20 minutes before closing, but i can share my initial impressions of it in comparison with the utopia - as always, ymmv. the stellia doesn't look as ostentatious in the flesh, tho i think its design will continue to polarise opinion. i found it very comfortable to wear and more so than the utopia. it felt lighter in the hand and on my head. it sounds warmer than the utopia with a touch more bass presence. the treble is shelved-down relative to the utopia. the utopia has noticeably more treble energy and sounds more incisive, whereas the stellia has a more relaxed presentation. the mids were lovely. while the stellia's bass seemed to be more elevated than the utopia's, it was also somewhat amorphous in comparison. i didn't notice any obvious honkyness or muddiness in the stellia's presentation, but if you are expecting it to rival the utopia for clarity, then you should probably lower your expectations as it is a closed-back headphone after all. the stellia made a very favourable first impression on me, unlike the elegia, which i didn't like at all. i wish that i could have spent more time with the stellia today, but i intend to return to it for a longer audition in the near future and a comparison with the z1r and hd820, which should be interesting.
ps i forgot to mention that i'd happily swap the utopia's stock cable for the stellia's
Is it brighter than the Ultrasone Jubilee 25? I frankly did not like the Utopia, as (especially) the high mids were too aggressive for me. I like my J25 very much, but willing to have a real closed headphone, with a bit more tamed treble. Do you think Stellia is more balanced than J25? And do you think it is robust enough for a commuter?So, now to the Stellia. It is an exceptional headphone to me.
Why? What does it differently? Hall effects that I never experienced from any other headphones, not even from open back headphones. Where should one assign these? To spatial reproduction or soundstage? Everyone has to interpret this for themselves.
How are the sound caratistics of the Stellia?
Bright, analytical.... but never sharp or sibilant!