I rather had the impression,
that this was a basic character issue,
or let's say rather that the technical capabilities of the 009s,
would be the limiting factor to reproduce "s" sounds.
Likewise with the trumpet of the track in question.
Highlighting these points, the Utopia is in my...
A few hours of listening later:
First of all, looks and touch quality.
The Utopia clearly has the edge here.
If I spend 4000 € on a headphone,
i expect to be able to feel and see that in some way.
That is given with the Focal, not with the Stax.
Before i come to my sound impressions,
I'd be interested to see, what the measurements from this CD player look like,
after the guy threw out the OPAs, and put the DAC right on the tube...
If you don't use EQ, as an effective means of personalization, you're giving away a lot of potential.
And that is independent of the price range.
As a user of the Neutron player, the use of the DSP is absolutely natural for me.
In my opinion, the Utopia plays in a different league.