Focal’s new closed-back high-end Beryllium-dome headphone, the just-launched Stellia ($2,999), echoes some design elements of the company’s higher-priced open-back Utopia model, but at CanJam NYC 2019 it was touted for its ability to satisfy the comfort requirements of what products specialist Chris Shaw said is “90 percent of the population.”
Its patented headband design is impressively engineered with over 100 separate parts, and it uses a new generation of electrodynamic speaker drivers that can work at low acoustic loads while providing a wide frequency response of 5Hz to 40kHz. The use of low-mass high-rigidity Beryllium is said by the company to enable “an extraordinary acceleration factor to be obtained.” The ’phones rigid, woven carrying case cosmetically echoes the mocha and cognac style elements of the headphones themselves.
Focal also showcased its new digital-to-analog converter/dual mono Class A amplifier, the Arche ($2,499), designed with individual DAC chips for left and right channels. Its settings are impedance-matchable to the Stellia, to the Utopia and to the company’s $899 Elegia headphones. Also, its design can accommodate a removable headphone mount that anchors to its top.