Utopia 2020 Headphones


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What does the Focal Utopia open-back headphone sound like? (Select all that apply)

A) Nothing
B) Everything
C) Both A and B

Surprise! The answer is both. The Focal Utopia audiophile headphone sounds 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: layers of music, instrument separation, the tiniest of details. Nothing is hidden. Ahhhhh, Utopia! (Quiz courtesy of a Moon Audio customer)

Key points:

  • High-end headphones made in France
  • Open-back circum-aural headphones dedicated to low noise environments
  • Reference pair of headphones featuring full range loudspeakers made of a pure Beryllium 'M' shape dome
  • Mechanical design offering a full compatibility to any size and shaped head
  • Balanced cable with channel separation for fast and easy custom-made solutions (bi-amp)

First Fully Open Back Speaker-Like Headphones

Focal built on 35 years of high-end speaker designs to create a revolution in headphone sound, design, and comfort. 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" -shaped dome. The acoustic quality of the pure beryllium "M"-shaped dome achieves an outstanding frequency response from 5Hz to 50kHz, and allowed Focal to avoid the use of any crossover or passive filtering process.

Focal Utopia Technology

You might think of the Utopia as two tiny loudspeakers over your ears.

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. Soundstage on the Focal Utopia is expansive, with a level of detail retrieval that is out of this world. If you want to hear every cymbal crash, every intake of your favorite singer's breath with lifelike precision, this is your headphone. The Utopia is simply one of the best dynamic headphones -- if not the best headphone, period -- that you will hear.

Please Note: The Utopia's higher impedance (80 Ohms) necessitates an external DAC and headphone amplifier. These headphones 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. Our best-selling Black Dragon audio cable is the cable Drew developed for the Utopia. 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. The Black Dragon Premium headphone cable offers the same quality construction as our standard Black Dragon cable, with enhancements like premium rhodium-plated Furutech connectors and Mundorf MSolder SUPREME Silver-Gold that lend an extra layer of clarity to your music. Known for warmth and fullness, the Black Dragon is neither laid back nor lush. It's a great way to add some body to a neutral/linear headphone, and it works well with vocals and a wide range of genres. This cable uses 4 x 21.5AWG Teflon-insulated stranded conductors using pure single crystallized UP-OCC pure copper with 7N purity 99.99998% that enhance depth and definition and smooth out the top end without sacrificing detail. You'll also get more weight in the lower end with a midrange that sounds more musical.

Designed in France for Elegance and Comfort

Leave it to a French speaker maker to change headphone design in epic ways. The Utopia's build quality is evident in its elegant, top-quality materials in addition to enhanced comfort due to the innovative mechanical design. From the constant bend of the headband and an even distribution of weight to the design of the carbon fiber yoke and the memory foam cushions. Removal from the conventional ear cup rotation included on the yoke and its integration into the headband creates a pure and pleasing design.

Focal Utopia Headphone Diagram
The headband shapes to the head perfectly and offers soft compliant surfaces in all contact points of the head of the listener. This ensure that the Utopia won't just be comfortable for any head, but for your head, allowing for lengthy listening sessions where the headphones simply "disappear." The premium materials (leather / acoustic grade fabrics) allow the users skin to breath for maximum comfort. The cushions are shaped to provide a perfect contact relationship to the areas surrounding the user’s ears.

The ear pads feature a bi-material construction of Pittards lambskin leather and microfiber fabric over a thick memory foam cushion for sumptuous comfort. The headband is also covered in leather, lending a beautiful aesthetic to these headphones.

Loudspeaker Construction: Pure Beryllium M-shaped 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 the Beryllium driver?

  • 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: only metal able to scratch 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

Focal Utopia vs. Stellia

The Focal Stellia is essentially a closed-back version of the Utopia, featuring the same beryllium driver. While the Utopia has a wide soundstage, the Stellia's soundstage tends to be more tall than wide. The Stellia is a bit more forward, and with a low impedance of 35 Ohms, is easier to drive than the Utopia.

Focal Utopia vs. Focal Clear Mg

The Clear Mg is Focal's other open-back headphone. With a price tag of $1,490 and a sound quality that gets you about 60 percent of the way to the Utopia, you might call it a "baby" Utopia. The Clear Mg, as its name says, presents with a boatload of clarity. Its magnesium driver gives it a slightly warm tonality, in contrast to the more neutral and analytical Utopia. The Utopia's treble extension surpasses that of the Clear Mg, lending more high-end presence. The Utopia also possesses more finesse and luxury detail than the Clear Mg.

Premium accessories:

  • Black faux leather box
  • Two headphone cables:
    • 10 ft. (3m) cable: ideal for use in the home on a high-end amplifier, thanks to its balanced 4-pin XLR connector.
    • 4 ft. (1.2m) cable: designed to be portable with an unbalanced 1/4” (6.35mm) stereo jack connector and 1/4” (6.35mm) jack adapter.
  • A carefully finished, light, rigid carrying case with magnet locking system

Main Features

  • Handcrafted in France
  • Open back circum-aural
  • Low noise with the least distortion we've heard
  • Full range “loudspeaker-like” sound
  • 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

What’s in the box?

  • A black faux leather box
  • High-Fidelity cables:
  • 10 ft. (3m) cable: ideal for use in the home on a high-end amplifier, thanks to its balanced 4-pin XLR connector.
  • 4 ft. (1.2m) cable: designed to be portable with an unbalanced 1/8” (3.5mm) stereo jack connector and 1/4” (6.35mm) jack adapter.
  • A carefully finished, light, rigid carrying case
  • Optional: a stand allowing you to display the Utopia Headphones indoors

Press and Reviews

Moon Audio Review
Moon Audio

by Drew Baird
Dec. 2016

Focal Magazine Guide
Focal Magazine

Guides & Advice
by Moon Audio

Moon Audio Review
Moon Audio

by Marty Smith
Jan. 2017

The Best Headphones and Gear | Buyers Guide 2022
Best Headphones 2022

by Part Time Audiophile
by Nov. 2021

Absolute Sound Review: Black Dragon Cable

by Chris Martens
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Part-time Audiophile Review
Part-time Audiophile

by Grover Neville
Dec. 2020

Type Circum-aural open back headphones Loudspeaker 1 37⁄64" (40mm) pure Beryllium “M” shape dome
Impedance 80 Ohms Weight 1.08lb (490g)
Sensitivity 104dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz Cables
    1x 4ft (1.2m) OFC-shielded 24 AWG mini-Jack cable with Neutrik 1/4" (6.35mm) Jack adapter
    1x 10ft (3m) OFC-shielded 24 AWG cable with 4-pin XLR connector
THD <0,2% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL Connectors 2x Neutrik® 3/8-inch (9.5mm) Lemo® connectors with self-locking bayonet system
Frequency response 5Hz - 50kHz Carrying case 12.8" x 10.2" x 6.5" (326mm x 260mm x 164mm)



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