Focal at Audio46
- Headphones Made in France
- Full-range 40mm drivers with Beryllium “M” shape dome
- Mechanical design offering a full compatibility to any size and shaped head
- Balanced cables (bi-amp)
Focal Utopia Open Back Headphones 2020
Focal Utopia 2020 is THE 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 unrivaled purity.
The acoustic quality of this exclusive solution allowed Focal to avoid the use of any crossover or passive filtering process to achieve a frequency response from 5Hz to 50kHz!
The listening experience is outstanding in terms of realism, natural sound reproduction, dynamics, and clarity. When listening to the Utopia, the headphones virtually disappear and the audio signal is revealed with a level of precision never achieved until Utopia.
Design is also a key point, be it in regards to the way of using the headphones, comfort, as well as the aesthetic. Another achievement with Utopia is the removal from the conventional rotation included on the yoke and its integration into the headband to ensure a total purity of the design.
The Pittards leather, used on the cushions, reinforces the character of classically elegant lines, as well as the expression of comfort and overall
Focal Utopia Open Back Headphones technical data
Focal Utopia 2020 Packaging
Utopia, our flagship headphones were launched three years ago. Since that moment, a whole range of Made in France high-fidelity headphones was born (closed-back and open-back models). Focal headphones are now a reference worldwide, thank you all for your participation in this success!
In order to have more consistency between our high-end headphones, we decided to upgrade Utopia packaging. Focal Utopia 2020 will be supplied with a carrying case and two cables (instead of one): the first cable will be a 3m symmetric one, with a balanced 4-pin XLR connector, and the other one a 1.2m cable with a mini-jack connector, and a 6.35mm Jack adaptor.
|Type||Circum-aural open back headphones|
|Sensitivity||104dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz|
|THD||<0,2% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL|
|Frequency response||5Hz - 50kHz|
|Loudspeaker||137/64“ (40mm) pure Beryllium “M” shape dome|
|Cable length||13.1ft (4m)|
• 1 x 4ft OFC 24 AWG cable with 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS Jack connector
• 1 x 10ft OFC 24 AWG cable with 4-pin XLR connector
• 1 x Jack adapter, 1/8" (3.5mm) female – 1/4" (6.35mm) male
What the press is saying:
In our test, Chris Martens felt the Utopia offers “an effortlessly neutral frequency response, coupled with the resolving powers and transient speeds of an electrostatic headphone, while it renders instrumental and human voices with coherency and harmonic integrity.” He concluded by saying simply, “I consider this headphone a masterpiece.”
An effortlessly neutral frequency response, coupled with the resolving powers and transient speeds of an electrostatic headphone.”
The Focal Utopia Headphones are the Cadillac of headphones. They look, feel, and sounds incredible. The Beryllium drivers give them accuracy and transient response rivaled by few. They are expensive, at ($3990 for the Standard package) but if you can afford it and appreciate highly detailed music listening, you should drop everything right now and buy these headphones. I don’t say that often, but for these headphones it is true.
With all the tracks I listened to, the Focals had an uncannily large image with tons of ambiance, combined with image specificity that kept all of the instrumentation locked into a realistic three-dimensional space. The upper treble was clean and crisp, presenting cymbal crashes tightly and precisely, without smearing. Midrange frequencies had heft and displayed a finesse that I rarely experience even with the best of headphones. Bass was exceptionally neutral: not lacking in the lowest registers nor overemphasized and bloated. Precise is a great word to describe the overall sound if I could only use one.
Perfect. I can only compare the Utopia to three sets of headphones I own. The HD700, HD800 and the LCD-X. The Utopias are in person indeed, beautiful. the build is bang-on. and the packaging is very enjoyable to open, it builds the anticipation of connecting them to a source ASAP.