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Many thanks Jon. I'll do as advised. Clearly Stellias need a lot of care!
Many thanks to folks who have patiently answered my questions over time, about the Stellia. I ordered the Focal Stellia today. It's going to take a few days at least for delivery, but I am OK about that.
the leather appears to be untreated with the ear pads darkening first and fortunately uniformly whereas the headband darkens more unevenly which is a bit rubbish for a £3k headphone, which should be able put up with regular careful use. I’ve used the chemical free water based baby wipes recommended which do clean but make very little difference to improve the discolouration.
My advise: Lean back on your comfy chair and pour in a good whiskey and listen to your favorite tunes ... and do that for a year or so (maybe without the daily whiskey - we don’t want to stress our liver) and then the leather hopefully will be darkened everywhere and it will look better than now (I do like the darker brown even more)
Well many who have OCD have turned enjoying music into focusing on a problem a fault.
Wear matters, it’s all about the resale, after all I’m only renting these before the next essential fix arrives
2000 usd to rent for some months , that's logical.
Or if you buy and sell at the right price you might be looking at £300-500 cost of ownership for 9-12 months, which had proved to be the average life span of the hp’s in my life. Different strokes and all that which I’m comfortable with but I’m not saying you have to be
True , different stroke , some men stroke other men and some stroke women.
so I hear
I can understand that. Its a great way to get to try the latest and greatest. Hopefully you write a review or two. I’m the guy that follows along 9 months later and saves 300-400 on an almost new pair of phones so that works for me too.
By the way, I’m thinking I could use a pair of ZMFs in nine months or so.. Just saying.
While we are at it, the HE6se is on sale half price at adorama, in about 6 months a used pair for an additional $300-500 off would really hit the spot TBH.
an eminently more cost effective and sensible approach than mine. Unfortunately this one area in my life where self-control and too often sense as well, are in short supply.
The same is true of Apple's brown leather iPhone cases. They darken the more you handle them. It does seem a strange decision not to treat the leather though. However I understand the inside of the ear cups and the headband darkening. What I can't get is the other poster who got the leather on the outside of the earcups behind the metal "grid" to darken!!
The ear cups arent an issue because they colour in a uniform manner, its the headband which discolours working around from underneath and up over the top. I have shaved head which probably doesnt help, but i'm pretty careful about how i use them, they never leave the house, live on a stand or in the case. But if the band is contact with your head and you are bald or shaved headed, even if your not obviously sweating, sweat/ moisture will still be absorbed by the band. I think it was an oversight on Focal's part and they should have treated the leather. My utopias looked like new by the time i sold them and my elegias which i use everyday while travelling and on location, have pretty hard life and look like new. I enquired with the UK distributor, and brace yourselves, a replacement headband is over £1000 fitted. Obviously none of this effects the sound, you cant see it when they're on, and you could wrap the band in a protective cover, but the build and cosmetic aspect are all part of a £3K price tag and they should be up to normal usage