At home most of the time I use Focal Elear open headphones in combination with my Naim Atom Headphone Edition. This sounds wonderfully beautiful. However, if there are more family members in the room, they are bothered by the sound, because the Elears are open headphones. Now I’m looking at closed back headphones, preferably also Focal, because then I can continue to use the 5m long Custom Cans balanced cable. In terms of price range, the Focal Celestee seems to be a good option.
Do any of you have experience with these headphones, especially compared to the Elears, which I love so much?
In terms of wearing comfort, I suppose the Celestee is comparable to the Elear, but how do they compare sound wise?
Well, I have listened to the Stellia, Radiance and Celestee yesterday and compared them with my Elear. And I indeed noticed that listening to closed back headphones is a different experience compared to listening to open back headphones. I wasn’t sure after the listening session which one I preferred, except for the Elear which sounds exceptional. The Stellia for me is on par with the Elear - even though sounding more closed, duh - but I don’t think I can justify that price tag towards myself and the family.
To me the Radiance sounded more open than the Celestee, but it also sounded a bit bass heavy, which is not necessarily bad. I must however add that I listened with a Hifi Rose streamer and Sennheiser amplifier. So I would need to try them at home to hear how they sound with the Atom HE.
For comparison I also listened to the Denon AH-D9200, but that is not my cup of tea. The Sendy Audio Peacock sounded really good but that one is half-open, and they have to be fully closed back headphones.
I’ve not heard the Elear, but I did extensively audition the Celestee and Stellia, finding the latter “quite a bit better” as posted. That’s what I bought for my closed-back duties. For some music I prefer them to my Utopias.
I didn’t realise where you were, just did a quick check on the river and price more than doubles when I change country to the Netherlands.
Several UK dealers are listing them at a good price but unfortunately after checking 4 of the stores delivery policy to the Netherlands it seems UK delivery only.
After having listened to the several Focal closed back offerings and considering the prices (thanks again @Ardbeg10y for the SG Akustik suggestion as they have great store-move prices at the moment), I decided to go another route. I simply felt I had to spend too much to get close to the Elear performance which I am so satisfied with.
During the listening session earlier this week I also tried the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro which for the price is an excellent set of headphones. It is a relatively small investment compared to the Focal and it will give me the closed back I need for living room listening. So I just ordered a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO black edition 250Ohms.