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Certainly helps with the long lonely nights in the office.
focal's headphones are known for having a forward presentation, so it's interesting that you find the stellia slightly wanting in that regard
I don't have any kind of trained ear nor much to compare them to other than my home system. The Nautalis 800 has a very detailed and bright tweeter without sounding harsh, one of the things I love about them.
So serious question. What's up with the rtings review of the Stellia? Seems bizarre that they prefer a $127 headphone to these. LOL
i'm not surprised that treble sounds more prominent or extended from your loudspeakers than your headphone - it does from mine as well
I think you’ve probably answered your own question there
You just disagree with them. Nothing necessarily "wrong" with it. Just in the same way as others may disagree with your opinion. Does that make you "wrong"?
We all know the only thing wrong is the darned stock cable of this work of art
Are people finding them warm in the upper bass (as the graph would appear to indicate) or does it come across more as a warm music coloration that benefits the music?
I have owned the Elear, Clear and Elegia and it could be said that they are a bit cold and clinical when compared to the sounds of voices and instruments that are live.
I own the Stellia, the Clear and the Elegia.
Yes, the Stellia have pretty good presence in the bass department (the Clear and the Elegia's bass is maybe a bit quicker, but not as textured as the Stellia). The vocals are sounding more natural and less dry with the Stellia than the other two. They sound smoother AND they provide by far the better detail retreival of all of those three (probably the Beryllium magic power!). They don't have the Elegia's "metallic timbre" which tends to be a bit fatiguing with bright tracks/genres. I may prefer the Clear's more linear/flat tuning, especially for jazz, but the Stellia's warmer tuning is a real beast for most genres (like rock and more contemporary genres).
All in all, the Stellia sounds more musical and provides more details than the Clear and the Elegia. They're not as neutral than the Elegia and the Clear (so not the best for monitoring), but they're so much enjoyable! It could be my only pair of headphones (and be pretty happy with it)...
Hope this could help you.
That was exactly what I was looking for. A wonderful summation. Thank you
I'm thinking of buying these cables. I'm just afraid they will be as stiff as the stock cable.
If you're looking for an extremely flexible cable, I'd suggest Headphonelounge. Ted is great to work with and has a very quick turnaround time. I needed a longer (and far less stiff) cable for my Utopia, and have to say that the quality of the build and cost of the cable was very good. Skip the sleeve if you want to minimize weight and maximize flexibility.
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