Last year I purchased my Focal Elears with a Schiit Vali 2 amp, and Modi DAC. This forum was great at helping me out. After a pad swap and some eq I was very happy with my purchase. I like Focal’s house sound. I naively thought that if I quit visiting the forum, and other related websites that I wouldn’t feel the need to upgrade or purchase more gear.
Ok you’re probably laughing at this point. So when you’re done, you can continue reading.
I recently got to audition a pair of the Focal Clears + Asgard and here I am. I’m back. I got a taste of what could be. When I purchased last summer, I did not think headphones could sound as good as they do. Otherwise I would have started with the Clears. I remember having that internal (infernal?) debate. So here I sit with a $3,000 budget to upgrade my gear. I’m considering the Clear + Arche combo. Idk if the Stellia is offered as an open box, but I would love to get a pair if I could squeeze it into my budget. Of course going this route would mean choosing a less expensive amp like the Lyr 3. My setup is for home listening. My musical tastes are diverse. Jazz, rock, singer songwriter, folk, blues, downtempo, Synthwave, and you get the point, all find regular rotation. So if anyone wants to share their thoughts, offer up gear suggestions, sage advice, the meaning of life, or whatever. I’m in the research phase and I’m all ears. Thanks for making it this far.