Focal Utopia goals to redefine high-end headphones… once more


Particularly flush audiophiles are in for a deal with later this month: French outfit Focal is getting ready to unleash an developed tackle its no-expense-spared Utopia headphones. Chief among the many updates are a design that higher befits the agency’s flagship, improved consolation, and much more correct sound.

They substitute the outgoing mannequin, however Focal wouldn’t do one thing as gauche as calling these the “Utopia 2” – it’s simply Utopia, thanks very a lot. Hand-built within the agency’s French manufacturing unit, the brand new over-ears have honeycomb styling that’s each straightforward on the attention, and permits for better motion of the full-range drivers. Mixed with the open-back design, it guarantees a extra open sound than the unique model.

The visible improve has additionally helped scale back weight, which makes for a extra snug hear. Every ear cup yoke is comprised of recycled carbon fibre, which guarantees to be each tremendous sturdy and suitably feather-like. The headscarf makes use of real leather-based, whereas the ear cups are comprised of lambskin and reminiscence foam for a snug but well-sealed match.

Focal Utopia headphones with Naim media player

Inside, the M-shaped, 40mm beryllium speaker drivers are paired with matching grilles, and run with no passive or lively correction. Frequency vary is an exceptionally huge 5Hz to 50kHz, which Focal says delivers a “strikingly actual, exact and dynamic” listening expertise, with an expansive soundstage to match.

Every pair comes with two excessive constancy cables, with locking Lemo connectors for simple swapping: a shorter, 1.5m cable with a 3.5mm TRS jack, and an extended 3m one with 4-point XLR for hooking as much as a balanced amplifier. There’s additionally a 6.35mm adaptor included within the field, together with a material thermoformed carry case to maintain your cans suitably pristine when not in use.

Focal calls the Utopia its “final” pair of headphones – and so they command a worth to match the lofty billing. Anticipate to pay £4699/€4999/$4999 to present your hi-fi setup a premium private listening improve.