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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. Beagle
    I'm still bothered by that ugly hump between 80 and 200hZ. I realize seeing is not necessarily hearing, but other phones that measured a peak in that area I did hear easily.
  2. Whitigir
    Honestly, I never heard there was a bump when I was listening to Stellia at CanJamNYC, so I don’t know. Anyways, if I was looking for a highend closed back headphones, the Stellia would be the choice over the HD820 any day. Could be the synergy of the stuff it was hooked up into, at the show. Synergy and stuff is important at this level
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  3. Beagle
    I probably would not hear it during the first 10 minutes or even the first day. But a week or so later, I worry that I would and that it would never go away..
  4. project86 Contributor
    I'm right there with you - that was my first thought upon seeing the measurements. Of course, listening may tell a different story but it's definitely a concern to watch out for.

    On the topic of headphone cable adapters - Audio Art also makes a short adapter set to convert between aftermarket headphone cables. It's not a 1-piece like the DHC, but I find it very low profile and non-intrusive to use. Bonus points for not imparting any noticeable sonic changes (or at least not that I can hear). Pricing is listed as "from $120" but obviously that will increase with some of the more expensive connections like Utopia or HD800 etc. The final product should still cost less than the DHC but I'm not positive.
  5. Whitigir
    Yeah, well, everyone hear it differently. There are many factors that can be affected by how we observe the sound performances. But once you know what you are looking for, the general ideas will still be similar. I swear, there is a dip in HD820 upper mid somewhere, and I don’t even want to look at it graph.

    After all, I listen by ears, and not eyes, or over measurement instruments. But then again, no one have to agree, and this is why the world is interesting, otherwise it is all gonna be very boring
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  6. Beagle
    Agree. Just posting my thoughts, with speculation, based on what I usually hear and my experiences. Not arguing with you.
  7. up late
    it wasn't apparent to me either but maybe i'm just partial to mid-bass and don't know it :wink:
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  8. guitardave
    I have not heard these yet, but my thought process developed over the years is that in general manufacturers assign a price in comparison to their other products in their extremely experienced, um, experience. And every time I think outside of what they are telling me with their pricing I come to realize they knew what they were doing when they picked a price point, let’s say, 25% below their top line product. So when we have some folks say this is their favorite Focal headphone, I do (nowadays) consider that they are actually in disagreement with the folks that make these things.
    I re-learned this lesson with a recent purchase of focal elegia’s hoping they might be a closed back headphone approaching my beloved utopia ‘s. Or even my z1r’s. But they were grainy and not close to either. That said, I like my utopia ‘s enough that I will likely take the leap. Hope they make me re-think this experience!
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  9. Nomax
    Nice couple lol


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  10. Nomax
    .....its not ugly.....to my ears this hump offers more body in the music....and not to much....very balanced all in all

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  11. JohnYang1997
    So just demo stellia then.
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  12. ThomasHK
    Largely a measurement artifact. Will not be as bad on real human.
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  14. guitardave
    Actually, I just ordered a pair!
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  15. JohnYang1997
    They are really amazing. I was truly shocked tbh.
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