You noticed the wording "they"....ha! I did that on purpose.
Well I listened to the Clears (again thanks John!)...for about 20 minutes, and asked to listen to the Utopias...they said they had them but they could
not find them. The sales guy favored Audeze LCD4's.
I listened to Patricia Barbers Verses CD, I have several of her cd's but this one has eluded me. One word: GET IT (well 2 words) an excellent disc.
The first cut I thought I was listening to real speakers....a wonderful overall musical sensation...I knew right then that I had to get these.
The deal for $500 off was'nt mentioned at the place I tried them, so I went shopping and found a place that sold them for $999, no shipping or other charges!
They should be here in a few days.
I will post my more detailed impressions after that....
The build quality is excellent, comfort is excellent, but the sound is really excellent....kind of glad they did not find the Utopias....$4000 is getting a bit crazy here.
$1499 or $1699 is starting to get me abit startled....but the urge for perfection is strong!
So when the $999 deal came into focus and after a listen today it was a no brainer....deal done.
Maybe some day I will run into the HD800s and maybe wish I had gone this route, but I dont feel any gosh I am getting a lousy set of headphones with the Clears.
Hunt is over for now....
This had nothing to do with my purchase decision, as a matter of fact I just watched this for the first time!
Scroll down and watch the video and Tyll get all mushy about these cans!!https://www.innerfidelity.com/content/focal-clear-over-ear-open-headphones-page-2