Focal Elear and Utopia

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  1. E_Schaaf

    E_Schaaf MOT: Upscale Audio (Thread Judge Code-6 District)

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    Here are Marv's measurements. See for yourself:

    Elex:
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    Elear:
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    They are identical headphones aside from the pads. I have confirmed this with the National Sales Rep from Focal NA. 4-5k recession fixed, 9k peak tamed, and the response becomes a bit more linear relative to the generally sloping Elear.

    Each of these changes is clearly subjectively heard with direct comparison.
     
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    I couldn't get over mid suckout either, but this was before the Clear or Elex, so I returned them. How did the Elear end up with those gimped pads in the first place?
     
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    I own both Elear and Elex. I can confirm that Elear with Elex pads (or Clear pads) = Elex. Elex is way better than Elear and fixes the upper mid dip. If that is your only complaint with Elear, just swap pads. I think MD was selling Elex pads for like $50 or $60 at some point. Definitely worth it.
     
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    I just wanted to post a quick follow up. Based on advice here, I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the Elex. I've had it in house now for a few days, and I am quite happy with them! These fix the issue I had with Elear. I am enjoying them from a Bifrost Multibit/Vahalla2 atm. Thanks to all for chiming in on this!
     
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