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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. Hoegaardener70
    Yes, after all that Empyrean hype and my own buying/selling decisions, I am getting headphone fatigue. CanJam next week in NYC and I am done!
  2. kumar402
    $4K...? will wait for price drop
    going by history Focal headphones end up at a lot less selling price in few months time from reputed sellers.
  3. Hoegaardener70
    Where is always this 4k coming from? It IS 3k. Still friggin' a lot.
    Sp12er3 and Beagle like this.
  4. kumar402
    I see you already own a flagship closed headphone in Z1R.
    give your wallet some rest :)
    Sp12er3 and Hoegaardener70 like this.
  5. kid vic
    The Elegia could have used some serious tuning, I don't think the Stellia will deviate to far from that original sound but it's not hard to hope it'll be better. Curious to see some reviews
    raypin likes this.
  6. kumar402
    oh I went by a comment in the group.
    3K ~4K is all same for me i.e out of reach
  7. raypin
    Mm....Love the color and design. It looks like caramel color to me. Love the Focal Utopia and Sony DMP Z1 pairing (my fave on the go, so far; spectacular pairing). Very interested. :ksc75smile:

    As a first adopter of the Focal Utopia (at launch in 2016) and instantly fell in love with it (long before it made it in the Wall of Fame of Innerfidelity), I ve been looking for a closed-back version of the Utopia. Bought the Z1R and the HD 820. This could be what I am looking for.
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    See, looks nice! The crap photos I posted didn't do them justice.
    up late and wje like this.
  9. John Blackshear
    Very curious to see how these play out!
  10. Arthur Li
    Unlike Utopia, Stellia has pure copper voice coils (Utopia - Copper Clad Aluminum Wires). Wonder how this newly developed, much heavier voice coil interacts with pure beryllium diaphragm. Will it held back the BE diaphragm and results in loss in speed and dynamics? I hope not.
  11. ufospls2
    The real question is, is this driver limited by the mechanical clipping "protection" that the other focal headphones are. If it is, is it consistent between models, and does it get worse over time? I really enjoyed my Utopia, but it became pretty much unusable near the end due to this "feature."
    kid vic, PeteSTRADAMUS and Bern2 like this.
  12. Arthur Li
    Closed back design of Stellia, as opposed to the dipole design of Utopia, should means much less driver excursion is required to reproduce sub-sonics. As such, I don't think there is such a need to concern about clipping "protection" in the case of Stellia.
  13. JabenZ
    Compare to Utopia, it is a deal(“only” 3k, plus balanced cable, carrying bag). The appearance and the color is not my favor.
  14. RobertSM
    Outstanding video! I'm sold.
    Yep! And that's probably the only thing keeping from jumping to the other side of the fence. I will make sure to drop the bass Saturday and I get that dreaded brap,brap,brap noise. I'M DONE!
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