Focal's Utopia speakers take center stage

A video tour of an award-winning car audio system

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Zak Billmeier

Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. Zak traces the roots of his interest in electronic gadgets to the Casio wristwatch with a built-in calculator he received as a gift one year as a child. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V team in 2007.

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focal utopia be no.5

Harold Jones, winner of  Virginia's IASCA Sound Quality Challenge, was kind enough to drop by Headquarters to show off his impressive ride. The centerpiece of Harold's system is his Focal Utopia Be No. 5 component speaker system. Until now, most of us here had only seen them in their cool shipping case — but then Harold stopped by.

Of course, the Utopias are only part of Harold's impressive system. Here are some of the other key elements:

Check out our short video to see what other gear contributes to his award-winning sound.

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