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

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by jude, Feb 12, 2019.
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  1. raypin
    Mm..contact PlusSound for re-termination. I vaguely recall a post (about two years ago) about PlusSound doing modification (shortening) of the ridiculously long Focal Utopia stock cable.

    Of all the headphones manufacturers that I’ve come across, the only one who did it right from the onset was Oppo (the PM series). Two stock cables: the long, thicker one with 6.3 for desktop listening and a short, thinner one with 3.5 for portable listening and a handsome, denim carrying case (you could fit an Astell dap). You could tell that they put a lot of thought to their products.

    Be aware though that when the time comes when you want to unload your HP, some buyers prefer the complete set, including stock cables.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2019
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  2. DarginMahkum
    Yeah, it was not a direct answer to what you want but still wanted to suggest it. I use it with my cables and it is pretty practical. Maybe you can modify one of the cables with such a connector and be able to use it for all sockets.
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  3. mixman
    It's at the point that used Utopia prices are dropping so fast < $2,000 that they might actually be the best used deals in the entire Focal lineup.
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  4. AmusedToD
    Speaking of cables and adapters, some of us Utopia owners already have good aftermarket cables. Perhaps there is a way for cable manufacturers to make a custom LEMO to 3.5mm adapter for the headphone end of the cable (female 2-pin LEMO to male 3.5mm) so that we can use the Utopia cables with the Stellia.

    Similar adapters already exist on the market, such as this one (it’s a 3 pin LEMO to 3.5mm): https://www.gothamsound.com/product/lemo-3-pin-35mm-adapter-0

    Do you think this is possible?
  5. Acemcl
    I reached out to Plussound and they confirmed that they are happy to shorten the stock cable and re-terminate it ( in my case i asked for the 4.4mm).

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  6. raypin
    Ot: mm..looking at your gear, I can immediately tell that we have the same taste in headfi equipment.
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  7. musicor
    Awesome. Thanks for sharing
  8. raypin
    Mm...I am using Double Helix (DHC) ultrashort adaptor (headphone side) to fit my Nordost Heimdall 2 cable that I got for the Utopia ( adaptor is Lemo female (Utopia) to the Sony MDR Z1R male ). It even locks into place, just like the Sony stock cable. I am almost sure that DHC can create the perfect adaptor for the Stellia to fit various third party cables.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2019
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  9. ty777
    So excited to see Focal finally made a top level closed back headphone. Hope I will have a chance to taste it soon.
  10. AmusedToD
    Cool, so it’s possible.

    Can you upload a photo of the adapter? Thanks
  11. dleblanc343
    540C5569-C761-47E1-8DCE-FB87BF46D5C7.jpeg 9AB6F2F8-B08D-4BFC-8B04-F80B3EB690F5.jpeg 6E59E389-A8F5-4B50-A219-9B1C9E73AB86.jpeg B7DF1E51-C135-4150-8A64-A87E34DB9F66.jpeg It appears my post was deleted, Head-Fi has become very strict with members of the trade giving their opinion on products. I took that in mind while doing my long write up, yet my post has been deleted. It’s a shame really and I’m voicing it openly because it’s not fair for the community of audio lovers. I spent a solid 20 mins typing out a very worthy and honest impression that nobody will ever appreciate.

    I’m not using Head-Fi as a means to make sales, but rather as I have always, to give my opinion on how products sound and compare to others on the market. I’d rather have my title taken off and enjoy this forum as a hobbyist.

    In any case, beautiful headphones surpassing my expectations aesthetically, and they sound wonderful and are super comfortable. Here’s some eye candy!
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  12. teqshea
    thx for the info
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2019
  13. teknorob23
    Anyone the uk who’s interested in taking the plunge I’ve just bought a pair of Stellia at the Bristol hifi show as first they sound great and second they’re sugaring the RRP pill with a 15% show discount :)
  14. raypin

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  15. AmusedToD
    Wow, thanks!

    What was the price of this particular adapter?
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