Elegance and Thoughtfulness – A Review of the Light Harmonic Stella

You really needn’t worry about pairings with this monitor. It’s so well balanced, with warmth and air in equal measure. If you like Stella at all, nothing is likely to push her so far in either direction as to spoil the experience.

The Cayin N8 ($3,000) has a vacuum tube output which makes Stella shine like nothing else. It’s amazingly clear and detailed, with shocking degrees of organicity, and holographic rendering for the ages. Stella absolutely flowers, becoming the full and complete IEM she was always meant to.

Shanling’s M5S ($499) is a powerful, warm, and viciously dynamic DAP. It has a maturity of voice which focuses on musicality and depth. If you like the analogue experience from your digital players, the M5S brings the goods. Stella plays great with all that warmth and bass energy.

Astell&Kern released a killer in the A&futura SE100 ($1,699, Review HERE). It aims for crystalline, sharp and precise tuning. Great big soundstage. Incredibly clean sound. All with a hint of that famous AK smoothness. The pairing with Stella heightens her inherent virtues, reaffirming this IEM’s top-tier status.

Light Harmonic has something truly remarkable in Stella. I’ve heard many IEMs, and it’s rare to find one this effortless and natural. Stella performs with a casual grace that makes you wonder why other IEMs try so hard and never come close to this level of air and openness. Whether it’s the mysterious hexagon pattern, the crossovers, or one of LH’s other innovations… or everything together… Stella is an exquisite masterpiece, and I’m glad I gave it a shot.




Pinky Powers

Pinky Powers

Pinky is an artsy twat. Illustration, graphic design, writing. Yet music escapes him, and always has. He builds his own cables, and likes to explore the craftsmanship of others. He's a stabby one, also. At the first hint of annoyance, out comes the blade. I say he's compensating for something... in a big bad way. If we all try really hard as a collective, maybe we can have him put down.


4 Responses

  1. You’ve made both assumptions and falsehoods in this statement. Which is what I found in every corner of the broader discussion when I looked into it. This is why I decided to go through with the review.

  2. A company that’s “struggling, but trying”, honors their prior commitments. If they’ve taken people’s money & walked away, that’s not trying. If they have the resources to deliver a new product, they have the resources to satisfy any previous commitments. You don’t need to see any books to know that! Who’s to say that this new product wasn’t developed with the funds of those un-honored commitments?

    Take the blinders off!

  3. Show me the books and how they have the resources to deliver, and CHOOSE not to, and I’ll be outraged right beside you.

    Until then, what I see is a company struggling, but trying.

  4. Not sure how/why you do not see any moral issue with accepting free stuff to promote a product from a company that has, at least, prima facie, taken folks money and not supplied them with product. I call BS!

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