Focal Stellia, the closed headphones that audiophiles have been waiting for?
We can no longer stop Focal! After the incredible Elear and Utopia, then the Clear and finally more recently the Elegia, the Saint-Etienne manufacturer is back in 2019 with new headphones. And not just any old one: these Focal Stellia are THE closed-back audiophile headphones that all audiophiles have been waiting for!
The soul of the Focal Stellia: M-domed speakers in pure beryllium
Made in France, the Focal Stellia audiophile headphones were born from the desire to adapt its elder Utopia to a closed architecture. To achieve this, new transducers have been manufactured using specific tools guaranteeing extreme precision. The M dome loudspeaker in pure beryllium is seen here associated with a new NBR suspension whose geometry has been optimized in relation to its load volume. The supportless copper coil is on its side magnetically coupled to the motor. Evidence of rigorous manufacturing, the transducers fitted to the Focal Stellia headphones have a frequency response curve identical to within 0.5dB.
Focal and the secrets of Stellia acoustics
As efficient as they are, transducers need favorable ground to reveal their full potential… Focal has therefore worked on certain acoustic aspects (in particular the bass/midrange balance and the recovery of rear waves) by integrating two vents. The high frequencies are for their part filtered by a high density EVA foam positioned inside the hulls. Finally, there is the presence of acoustic diffusers responsible for breaking the standing waves and homogenizing the distribution of energy in the load volume. The shells being moreover perfectly inert, the HP can produce a very precise sound, with the least possible coloration.
Sound we’ve never heard on closed-back headphones
The pads installed on the Focal Stellia have also been meticulously studied. This, in order to offer optimal acoustics and effective insulation. Half of their height is in fact dedicated to sound diffusion (full-grain leather). And the other half is devoted to the absorption of the audio signal (acoustic fabric leading to a shape memory foam). All this, combined with what we have seen previously, allows the Focal Stellia to deliver incredible sound. On the program, an extended frequency response and precise reproduction of the tiniest nuances. Added to this is flawless neutrality and exceptional dynamics… The articulation of the bass, the detail in the high frequencies and the realism of the voices are excellent! Easy to power thanks to an impedance of 35 Ohms, the Focal Stellia can be used perfectly with a smartphone or an audiophile player.
The Focal Stellia embodies French luxury craftsmanship
Hard to find more luxurious and more comfortable on the market… The 20 mm thick memory foams, the constant curvature yoke and the mechanisms inherited from the Utopia allow the Focal Stellia to adapt to all shapes head and face. The concern for the smallest detail of this helmet is obvious! You only have to look at the aluminum yoke, the stainless steel shells, or the full-grain leather headband and pads to understand it. Its woven case and its duo of mocha/cognac finishes also exude luxury and good taste! Note that Focal provides two cables, one unbalanced 1.2m (mini-jack), and the other balanced 3m (XLR-4).
The Focal Stellia headphones will be available from Thursday in the BH stores in Boulogne, Paris 11 and Paris 17: do not hesitate to come and test it freely, in association with the best portable players and headphone amps of the moment!
Technical specifications of the Focal Stellaia headphones
Type : Circum-aural closed headphones
Impedance : 35 Ohms
Sensitivity : 106dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz
THD : 0.1% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL
Frequency response : 5Hz – 40kHz
Loud speaker : 40 mm “M” dome in pure Beryllium
Weight : 435g
Supplied accessories : – 1 x 1.2 m cable OFC AWG 24 unbalanced Jack 3.5 mm
– 1 x 3 m OFC AWG 24 balanced XLR 4-pin cable
– 1 x 3.5 mm female – 6.35 mm male jack adapter
– 1x rigid transport case.
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