Focal Utopia Headphones

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Leave it to a French speaker maker to change headphones design in epic ways. Focal built on 35 years of high-end speaker designs to create a revolution in headphone sound, design, and comfort. Thanks to Focal’s lambskin leather these high-end headphones are comfortable headphones. Focal’s headphone tech is a big part of why they sound so good. The driver is similar to their voice coil. There is no trapped air behind the dome so your music sounds better with a great DAC or headphones amp.

Please Note: Utopia, Clear, and Elear headphones require an external DAC and amplifier. They cannot be plugged into a portable device such as an iPhone or android smartphone. We recommend the Chord Hugo 2 DAC headphone amp with the Black Dragon Premium Cable or our original Black Dragon headphone cable.

Suddenly our best selling Black Dragon audio cable is the cable Drew developed for Focal’s Utopia headphones. We’ve sold our Utopia Black Dragon cable around the world. If you want the best sound out of the best headphones, level up to Dragon audio cables.

First Fully Open Back Speaker-Like Headphones

Focal Utopia Technology

Utopia is the only full range fully open back loudspeaker design built headphones in world. The acoustic quality of the pure Beryllium formed "M" shape dome achieves an outstanding frequency response from 5Hz to 50kHz! When listening these headphones disappear revealing your music’s precision, realism, dynamics, and clarity. Comfort and durability define the headphones aesthetic.

Removing the conventional yoke in favor of integration into the headband creates great design and comfort. The pittards leather, used in Utopia’s cushions, reinforces classical and elegant lines. Epic sound, great design, and comfort live together in France.

Moon Audio Customer Reviews discuss sound speed, clarity and warmth. “...the Utopia has it all: presence, warmth, clarity, articulation, and balance.

"I couldn’t be happier with them,” Peter notes in his Utopia headphones review.

We love John P Wirick’s Utopia quiz:

What do the Utopias sound like? (Select all that apply)

A. Nothing

B. Everything

C. Both A and B.

The Utopias sound like nothing: Nothing between you and the music. Nothing you have yet experienced. The Utopias sound like everything: Everything on the recording as presented by Everything upstream in the audio chain. Everything is revealed. Nothing is hidden. Ahhhhh, Utopia!

You’ll find this pair of headphones so special Peter noted their “value”. What is the value of really hearing your music as if for the first time? For Peter and many others, the answer is Utopia.

Utopia headphones: Designed in France

The Utopia is the result of more than 35 years of innovation, development, and manufacturing of speakers and loudspeakers in France. As a world first, Utopia features the only full range and fully open back loudspeaker built within a pair of headphones, using pure Beryllium formed in the brand new "M" shape dome.

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 performances.

Focal Utopia Headphone Diagram

  1. Basket
    • 50 mm diameter
  2. Surround
    • Only 70 microns thanks to the NBR Material
    • The lightest surround never made
  3. «M» shape dome
    • Innovation coming from K2 Power
    • 40 mm diameter
    • Beryllium for Utopia
  4. Voice coil
    • First voice coil without any support
    • 25 mm diameter and 4,4 mm high
    •  The smallest and lightest voice coil never made
  5. Motor
    • Total weight:135 mg

Beryllium « M » shape dome

For a tweeter the deciding factor is the MASS of the dome. The lighter the dome, the better the acceleration of the dome. Resolution is directly proportional to acceleration, rigidity and damping!

Why Beryllium?

  • Beryllium is 13 times more rigid in flexure than Aluminum
  • Sound velocity in Beryllium is 2,5 times faster than Aluminum
  • Very good thermal conductivity
  • Very hard: scratch the glass
  • 7 times more rigid than Titanium or Aluminum at the same mass
  • Extended Frequency response up to 40 kHz
  • Undoubtedly the best stiffness to weight ratio
  • High internal damping

Awards

Inner Fidelity 2018 Editor's Choice Award

Press and Reviews

Focal Magazine Guide
Focal Magazine

Guides & Advice
by Moon Audio

Moon Audio Review
Moon Audio

by Drew Baird
Dec. 2016

Moon Audio Review
Moon Audio

by Marty Smith
Jan. 2017

Absolute Sound Review
Absolute Sound

by Steven Stone
March 2017

HiFi+ Review
HiFi+

by Chris Martens
Feb 2017

Absolute Sound Review: Black Dragon Cable
HiFi+

by Chris Martens
June 2017

Specs

Overview

  • Handcrafted in France
  • Open back circum-aural
  • Low noise with the least distortion we've heard
  • Full range “loudspeaker-like” sound
  • Patent Pending Pure Beryllium “M” shape dome with no air behind it
  • Easily adjustable to any head size or shape
  • Balanced cable (bi-amp)

Design Features

  • Leather headband
  • Pittard leather cushions
  • Carbon fiber yoke
  • Easy cable customization

Specifications

Type
Circum-aural open back headphones
Impedance
80 Ohms
Sensitivity
104dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz
THD
<0,2% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL
Frequency response
5Hz - 50kHz
Loudspeaker
137⁄64“ (40mm) pure Beryllium “M” shape dome
Weight
1.08lb (490g)
Cable length
13.1ft (4m)
Connectors
1 x Jack 01/4“ (6.35mm) stereo
2 x 03⁄8“ (9.5mm) Lemo®
Carrying case
12.8" x 10.2" x 6.5" (326mm x 260mm x 164mm)

Package Includes

  • Utopia Headphone
  • Rigid carrying case with magnet locking system
  • 13.1ft (4m) OFC cable (1 x Neutrik® 01/4“ (6,35mm) stereo Jack Neutrik® 2 x shielded 03⁄8“ (9.5mm) Lemo® connectors with self-locking bayonet system)
  • 3-Year Warranty

    three year warranty

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