Focal Utopia Headphones

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Leave it to a French speaker maker to change headphones in epic and awesome ways. Focal’s design innovations represent a revolution in headphone design. Focal Utopia’s driver diameter closely follows their voice coil’s diameter with an open back magnet assembly thus there is no trapped air behind the dome. Think of it as a miniature, ported speaker with the most amazing sound you can put on your head. In addition, the driver uses pure Beryllium formed in the new "M" shaped dome which is extremely rigid and super light which results in incredibly low distortion and quite possibly the best in the headphone marketplace.

Black Dragon Premium Cable for Focal Utopia Headphones V2 Review - June 2017 by HiFi+

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.

Focal Utopia Supply Note

Focal is a well known and respected French speaker manufacturer who had NO IDEA their new “speaker-like” cans were going to melt the ears of music lovers, audiophiles and experts from Cnet to Stereophile. We’ve moved from impossible to get Utopias to having a few. If the past and the quality of these headphones is any indication, our supply will not last long. is an audio order democracy. We fill orders for HOT products like Focal’s Utopia on a first come, first served basis and we NEVER play games with your money or our inventory (i.e. we don’t say we have HOT things when we don’t). We hope you have a chance to join a very special club this holiday season - the Focal Utopia owners association.  Parlez-Vous français?

Focal Utopia Review Challenge

Focal Utopia headphones reviews may attempt to do the impossible - describe sound utopia in an online review. Drew, Moon Audio's Founder, wrote a Utopia headphones review on our blog. He found describing sonic bliss difficult, taxing and not nearly as much fun as listening to Focal's headphones. That's why we've created the Focal Utopia Review Challenge. Our challenge is simple - write a Focal Utopia review so prescient, clear and easy to understand even non-audiophiles understand why the French speaker maker's headphones are special and revolutionary.

Let's face it. People who don't love audio gear as much as we do think we are a little crazy. The Focal Utopia Review challenge requires at least two superhero skills - the ability to really head greatness and write about a subjective sonic experience with passion, clarity and words sure to create engagement. If you are up for a challenge, write your Focal Utopia review, a headphones review so great music lovers and non-audiophiles will know we aren't so crazy after all. 


Utopia are the reference pair of headphones from Focal. 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.

Both Utopia and Elear require an external DAC and amplifier. They cannot be plugged into a portable device such as an iphone or android smartphone.

Focal Utopia Headphone Diagram

First full range loudspeakers in a fully open back headphone

Focal Utopia Technology

  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

Focal Utopia Headphones Review - February 2017 by HiFi+

Focal Utopia Headphones Review - March 2017 by The Absolute Sound

Product Reviews

Help Documents

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)
2 Year Warranty from Focal
5 Year Warranty from (exclusive) for registered cans (that’s how sure we are our customers will LOVE their Utopia headphones

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


Leather headband
Pittard leather cushions
Carbon fiber yoke
Easy cable customization

Accessories provided

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)

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)

1 x Jack 01/4“ (6.35mm) stereo
2 x 03⁄8“ (9.5mm) Lemo®

Carrying case 12.8“x10.2“x6.5“ (326x260x164mm)

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