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New Focal Stellia Closed Back Headphones and Arche DAC/Amp

New Focal Stellia Closed Back Headphones and Arche DAC/Amp
New Focal Stellia Closed Back Headphones and Arche DAC/Amp

Focal's first quarter release of their newest headphone is a Closed Back design called Stellia ($2999). Borrowing tech from their topline, open back Utopia ($3999), the challenge is to create a set of  'cans with the openness and transparency of the best open-backs, but in a closed-back design. 

Our headphone specialist, Ethan Wood, confirms that the Stellia is arguably the best closed back headphone available.

Stellia is a low impedance (35ohm) design intended to be useful both at home and also with portables. The kit comes with 2 headphone cables, one 1m with mini plug for portable use, and the other 3m in lenght with a 4 pin XLR to use at home.

Now available for in-home audition through our High End Headphone Library

Focal also released their first headphone DAC/amp, called Arche ($2499), developed for Focal by Micromega.  

The Arche DAC section contains two balanced AK 4490 converters each with a dedicated regulated power supply. These converters will process 384kHz PCM format signals as well as DSD 256.

The amplifier circuitry is a pure Class A, dual mono design with each channel pushing 1watt. Interestingly Arche includes presets to ideally match electrically to every set of Focal headphones. The front panel lets you connect up to two pairs of headphones via a 1/4” stereo jack and a balanced 4-pin XLR. 

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