The difference between the Clear and Utopia is, in my opinion, almost as much preference driven as it is performance. While the Utopia is definitely the more capable technical performer, many of the people I know prefer the Clear’s signature.
The Elear I have in the office I bought as a result of them being available new-but-open-box, from another vendor, for $499. That’s when they were still $1,299 (or maybe $999) officially. It was too good to pass up even just to hear them (already had two pairs of the Utopia).
When the Clear was announced I figured I’d upgrade to that in the office. Around the same time I saw that Sonarworks had added a profile for the Elear, so I got to try them together. While the Clear is a better sounding, and more technically capable headphone than the Elear, combining the Elear with True-Fi made them so close that I just couldn’t justify the extra expense.
So the Elear stuck for the office rig.
I plan to do a full back-to-back review of the Elear, Elex (Massdrop), Clear and Utopia at some point in the near future.