Focal Utopia High-Fidelity Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones (2022)
HI-FI OPEN-BACK HEADPHONES FOR THE HOME
Experience sensational listening quality at home with Utopia, the exceptional headphones made in France by Focal, and the fruit of over 40 years of sound innovation. Unveiled in 2016, it returns in 2022 with a reworked design and improvements to the sound for even more music-inspired emotion.
Its exclusive cutting-edge technology, such as full-range speaker drivers with pure Beryllium ‘M’-shaped dome, completely open at the back, offer a listening experience with striking realism, neutrality, dynamics and transparency. Focal engineers have also developed a copper and aluminium voice coil for a revamped sound signature and incredible reliability.
The listening experience is enhanced by a sleek design and exceptional materials. Combining comfort and sophistication, Utopia is made from genuine leather, aluminium, forged recycled carbon, ‘honeycomb’-design grilles and Black Chrome-coloured rings – an array of details lending these French headphones a unique look and sound. Like the symbolic Yin & Yang depicted on the ear-cups, Utopia embodies beautiful design and high-performing sound in perfect harmony. More than just headphones, this is a sound icon.
Exclusive speaker drivers and voice coil
Utopia incorporates full-range speaker drivers with a pure Beryllium ‘M’-shaped dome, completely open at the back. Focal engineers have risen to the challenge of delivering the sensation of listening to the best Focal loudspeakers! The result is a set of speaker drivers that run with zero active or passive correction, from 5Hz to over 50 kHz. The headphones totally disappear, leaving audio signal reproduction that is unrivalled in its purity.
Focal engineers have also developed a voice coil – the centre piece of a speaker driver, along with the cone – made from copper for reliability and aluminium for lightness: an evolution synonymous with the revamped sound signature, and as uncompromising as ever.
Superior comfort and premium materials
Utopia is made from premium, sophisticated materials. The yoke, made from forged, recycled carbon, is an elegant stroke, whilst making the headphones more lightweight and distributing their weight more evenly across the head. The genuine leather headband and perforated memory foam ear pads – also leather-bound – provide comfort and softness. And finally, exceptional headphones merit top of the range accessories: Utopia comes in a faux-leather case with a thermoformed carry case and two high-fidelity cables (10ft and 5ft / 3m and 1.5m) for using the headphones at home with an amplifier or on the go with Lemo® connectors and a Jack adapter.
Utopia is a combination of sobriety and distinction. Adopting the aesthetics of Focal's open-back (Clear Mg) and closed-back (Stellia and Celestee) headphones, it is adorned with honeycomb grilles on the outside and inside of the ear-cups. In addition to its Black Chrome-coloured rings – now screwed on from the inside – it delivers subtle and sophisticated aesthetic details, such as red glimpses of the speaker drivers’ motor unit or the Yin & Yang effect visible on the outer case, symbolising design and technology in perfect harmony.
- Black faux leather case
- High-Fidelity cables:
- 5ft. (1.5m) cable, designed to be portable with an unbalanced 1/8” (3.5mm) stereo jack connector and two Lemo connectors
- 10ft. (3m) cable, ideal for use in the home on a high-end amplifier, thanks to its balanced 4-pin XLR connector and two Lemo connectors.
- 1 x Jack adapter, 1/8" (3.5mm) female – 1/4” (6.35mm) male.
- A lightweight, hard-back carry case in black fabric
- These headphones require a running-in period in order to operate at their best.
- They will run themselves in naturally after several hours of listening time.
- If you want to speed up the process, we recommend playing very bassy music through them for at least 24 hours at a relatively high volume.
- This will stabilise the speaker drivers and allow you to get the very best out of your headphones.