At CanJam NYC: A Focus on Focal’s Stellia
Focal, the France-based headphone manufacturer, occupied a front-and-center exhibition space at the recent CanJam NYC 2020. One of the spotlighted models was the Stellia ($2,999), a closed-back headphone with a host of high-performance features.
The headphones are outfitted with what the company references as a new generation of electrodynamic speaker drivers that work at low acoustic load while offering an extensive frequency response of 5Hz to 40kHz.
The Stellia’s speaker drivers boast a frameless 100 percent copper voice coil and M-shaped pure Beryllium domes. Impedance is listed at a low 35 ohms.
The headphones, available in mocha or cognac color choices, use leather earcups and a headband that cushion not merely for comfort but also for their absorption and diffusion characteristics, and are encased in a cosmetically complementary hard-sided protective zippered woven-finish case.
Accompanying the headphones are two cables: one, measuring 10-1/8 feet, is designed to be long enough for use at home on a high-end amplifier. The second cable is designed to be portable: measuring 3-3/8 feet with a 3.5mm stereo jack, it is of a length to connect Stellia to a portable audiophile player.
At CanJam, Focal paired the headphones with its Arche audiophile DAC and amplifier.