Utopia combines all of Focal‚Äôs expertise with the smallest speaker drivers in the world and a sophisticated design. These open-back headphones offer all the intimacy of a passionate listening experience. They will take you to the heart of the music, where emotions are at their peak.
Open-backed circum aural headphones
Utopia have already become the world reference high-fidelity headphones manufactured in France by Focal. They are the result of 35 years of innovation, development and manufacturing of high-end speaker drivers and loudspeakers. Equipped with exclusive technology, they offer striking realism, neutrality, dynamics and clarity, for sound with unrivalled purity. Utopia are unique they are the world‚Äôs first audiophile headphones featured totally open-backed full-range speaker drivers with pure Beryllium M-shaped domes. They meet all the requirements expected of high-end headphones due to their sophisticated and elegant design and to purposeful materiality, such as the carbon fibre yoke and true lambskin leather ear cushions.
The cable supplied with Utopia was specifically selected for its capability to respect the original audio signal, such as its very low impedance (< 90 mŒ©/metre). It is totally symmetrical in order to offer extremely low crosstalk (< 70 picofarads). The shielding protects it from electromagnetic interference and allows for a longer cable (3m/9 ft.). Finally, the 9.5mm Lemo¬Æ connector and the 6.35mm Neutrik¬Æ stereo jack enable easy customisation.
In the end, we have heard no other headphone that is so incisive and intensely accurate but yet so luscious and emotionally engrossing.
Throwing its steep premium price out the window, we essentially could not find a deal-killing audio weakness with this headphone. Perhaps some bass heads may feel it needs a touch more low-end oomph, but we’d tend to disagree. Not only do we think the bass response is right on the money without any semblance of excessive bloat or billow, but the Utopia delivers a pure faithfulness to the recording and/or source that is unequaled in our book. So if the bass is mixed up and mastered hot, the Utopia‚Äôs increased bass response will reveal that. If the bass is muted or mixed low, the Utopia will plainly show that too. The Focal Utopia has a special access to the genuine truth of the sound that’s a rare find even in high-end headphone land.
Just like its name implies, the Utopia is heavenly nirvana for audiophile headphone enthusiasts and spare-no-expense music lovers. The only ugly downside is trying to go back to other headphones once you‚Äôve heard the Focal Utopia. Now there‚Äôs a good reason to weep openly.