I’m kinda on the fence still about what to get between these two combinations. A lot of the advice I get seems to come in the form of “well so-and-so is 95% as good as so-and-so but cheaper, so…”
So I figure I should rephrase the approach – I have a $500 set budget and just want to get the best thing possible within that figure to drive a Focal Elex. I figure maybe this approach will eliminate confusion and argument regarding value metrics.
My searching seems to have led me to the doorstep of these combinations of hardware:
- Geshelli Labs Archel 2.5 + ENOG 2 Pro
- S.M.S.L. SP200 + SU-8
- Monoprice THX Monolith
My hearing priorities are one of enjoying detail, low noise, and a wide soundstage. I am more sensitive to changes in the treble than I am in the bass, but I still dislike a loose, muddy, or otherwise inaccurate bass. I am the type of listener that generally prefers the AKG K7XX to the Sennheiser HD6XX, although I do put on the Sennheisers for certain situations.
In any case, I’m just trying to figure out what is truly best for driving the Elex. Likewise, if you think there is a better headphone for me within the Elex’s pricepoint, you can chime that in as well.
Also perhaps worth noting, but I did contact Geshelli about current lack of color options a few weeks ago and they responded. I gave them input saying purple is a favorite and I think cyan would be a good color to put out too, as it contrasts well with purple (especially pinkish shades of purple). The result was a short conversation which included getting these images via attachments: https://imgur.com/a/837XbIy
Really cool that they’re so personal and laid-back with their customers. Worth noting the cyan came out more teal than the electric cyan I was imagining to contrast the purple, but I’m not gonna say anything, I’m really impressed they took the advice like that honestly.
So I guess Geshelli will have some new colors now if you wanted them ^^
But yeah, just doing one last check before I go pulling the trigger on the Elex and Geshelli stack, more or less.