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21 minutes ago, elisix_ said:

Utopia is quite polarising. I hated it the first few times I listened to it. I was coming from the position of someone who has worn bassy gaming headsets for years and it took time to appreciate the differences. 

 

 

I didn't like the Utopias the first couple of times I listened. After listening at home with no outside noise, I began to love them. 

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3 hours ago, elisix_ said:

Easy with RME.

 

Go to his master list but download the RME specific version. 


Then just use the built in 5 band + high/low shelf. 

Thank you, I'll try and figure that out when they come. I'll also have a look for some Stellia EQ settings for the ADI-2. 

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2 hours ago, elisix_ said:

Utopia is quite polarising. I hated it the first few times I listened to it. I was coming from the position of someone who has worn bassy gaming headsets for years and it took time to appreciate the differences. 

 

 

I could imagine that being insanely jarring at first. I listen to primarily classical and jazz music, so the Utopia would be perfect, but even at 3k they are a bit beyond me. My first impression of them was of the insane detail and resolution, of the up close and incredibly lifelike texture of instruments and voices. But they are quite forward and bright and I can imagine it takes a while for a lot of people to get used to them. The Clear seems a bit less detailed, but still lovely and open with the right DAC and headphone amp. 

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5 hours ago, BadSneakers83 said:

I heard the Utopia with and without the EQ; and for me it just took away from what makes the Utopia so special, that utterly INSANE level or resolution. 

That's how I feel whenever I EQ my Elegia. The EQ detracts from the detail and the punchy bass.

 

The wording (and the self-promoting) of the statistical 'preference' percentage at the bottom of the pdf really arouses my skepticism

 

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1 hour ago, zxSwifty said:

Thank you, I'll try and figure that out when they come. I'll also have a look for some Stellia EQ settings for the ADI-2. 

He hasn't done any for the Stellia, yet :)

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For those that want to try the EQ but can't apply it at the DAC or amp then you could try this program if you are using windows as your endpoint:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/peace-equalizer-apo-extension/
It is a bit more playing around but it's the best free windows option that I know of.

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21 hours ago, elisix_ said:

However Hifiman build quality and materials are average at best and lazy at worst. Arya does sound nice though but i'd rather the Focal clear anyday.

I've read that the higher end models (HEK, Susvara) are built better. But yeah, for that kind of money, you'd expect that... Would be curious to know of what your, or anyone else's, impressions of the HEKSE and/or the Susvara compared to the Utopia and Stellia.

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3 hours ago, deafenears said:

I've read that the higher end models (HEK, Susvara) are built better. But yeah, for that kind of money, you'd expect that... Would be curious to know of what your, or anyone else's, impressions of the HEKSE and/or the Susvara compared to the Utopia and Stellia.

I've heard that too but reviewers still say they are lacking in build quality. You'd expect them to not just be better than the low end models but be built really well. 

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