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Focal Utopia Be 165W-RC

6-3/4" component speaker system

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Our take on the Focal Utopia Be 165W-RC

by John Pollard
Focal

Why install component speakers?

A component speaker system gives you the best possible performance from your car audio system. A system consists of separate woofers, tweeters, and crossovers, each designed to cover one specific range of frequencies. As separate components, the woofer can move freely to deliver more powerful performance, while the tweeter can be custom-mounted in a better spot up closer to your ears, revealing a whole new world of detail. Separate crossovers are far superior to the simple filters wired into full-range speakers, so the components work together for smoother, more focused sound.

Side view of the Utopia Be 165W-RC

Amazing fidelity

When Focal set out to build their Utopia Be 165W-RC components, they wanted to create speakers whose performance approached that of their highly acclaimed Utopia series, but at a more attainable price. Mission accomplished. The Utopia Be 165W-RC system provides breathtaking sonic accuracy, with breadth of sound more akin to high-end home speakers. You'll be totally immersed in the powerful soundstage created by this Focal system, with each instrument as distinct and natural as in a live performance.

Beryllium inverted dome tweeter

Crystal-clear Beryllium tweeter

Focal uses their signature Beryllium tweeter to take high-frequency reproduction to the next level. Beryllium may cost 100 times more than its weight in gold, but its benefits make it completely worth it. Lighter and more rigid than both titanium and aluminum, this material brings the smoothness of a silk tweeter to your music, but with the accuracy and extended response usually associated with a high-quality metal tweeter. These tweeters bring out all the tiny details that make you truly feel like you're there.

Side view of the woofer

Hand-made woofer cones

Focal built the woofer with proprietary foam core laminated on both sides with thin sheets of glass fabric. Focal even varies the thickness of the foam core to ensure the absolute accuracy of the woofer's playback across the entire sonic spectrum.

The aluminum alloy basket uses an open back to cool the woofer's internal works and to prevent any trapped air from interfering with the cone's motion. Focal also includes audiophile-grade external crossovers for the smoothest possible transition between the tweeters and woofers, eliminating the peaks and dips in frequency response that can make your music sound artificial.

Note: Focal describes this model as a 6-1/2" speaker. Most manufacturers designate this same frame size as a 6-3/4" speaker. For simplicity's sake we list it as a 6-3/4" speaker.

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Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two 6-3/4" woofers, 2 tweeters, 2 external crossovers, and 2 woofer grilles
  • foam and glass fiber composite sandwich woofer cone
  • butyl rubber surround
  • 1" Beryllium inverted-dome tweeter
  • 2-way external crossover
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • power range: 10-80 watts RMS (160 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 60-30,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 93 dB @ 2.83 V
  • top-mount depth: 2-7/8"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Speaker Size
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6 3/4
Design
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2-way
Tweeter Design
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1" Inverted Dome
Tweeter Composition
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Beryllium
Woofer Composition
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Foam/Glass Fiber
Woofer Surround
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Butyl Rubber
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity
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93 dB
Frequency Response
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60 - 30k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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10-80
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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160
Impedance (Ohms)
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2
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 7/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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5 5/8
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • Two 6-3/4" Woofers
  • Two inverted dome tweeters
  • 2 Flush mount tweeter cups (with tweeters installed)
  • 2 Crossover networks
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Woofer grille mounting rings
  • 2 Black tweeter grilles (installed)
  • 2 Woofer mounting gaskets
  • 16 Speed clips
  • Twelve 5/8" Self-tapping screws (T10 Torx head)
  • Twenty 1" Self-tapping screws (T20 Torx head)
  • Owner's manual (English/ French)
  • Serial number card
  • Tweeter disposal sticker

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Woofer
Tweeter
Crossover

Woofer

W Cone: The woofer cone is a sandwich composite consisting of a foam core laminated with glass fabric on both sides. The result of this full polymerization is a composite far more rigid than other cone material combinations of equal mass, while still maintaining the excellent damping characteristics of the foam core.

Surround: The butyl rubber surround is resistant to ultraviolet rays, temperature extremes, and humidity to add to the speaker's reliability and longevity.

Basket: The woofer features a non-magnetic cast aluminum basket.

Tweeter

Beryllium Tweeter: The tweeter is an inverted Beryllium dome, producing a broad sound stage. Beryllium is approximately seven times stiffer than titanium with inner damping characteristics similar to silk. Combined with its extreme light weight, these properties make Beryllium an excellent tweeter material. The tweeter has a Neodymium magnet to provide a powerful magnetic field for the voice coil, while still maintaining the tweeter's compact dimensions. The tweeter's set screw terminals accept bare wire up to 16-gauge.

Mounting Options: A flush mounting cup is included with the tweeters (the tweeters are already mounted in the housing).

Flush Mount Dimensions:

Mounting Height 0.15"
Depth 0.85"
Frame Dimensions 2.478" x 2.734"
Cutout Dimensions 2.286" x 2.560"

Crossover

Design: Focal's crossover has adjustable settings crossover point (2.5 kHz and 3.5 kHz) and tweeter output level (-3 dB and 0 dB), allowing you to compensate for the driver locations and the acoustic environment of the specific car. The crossover's set screw terminals accept bare wire up to 10-gauge.

Dimensions:

  • Width: 6.931"
  • Height: 2.118"
  • Depth: 4.802"
 
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1 question already asked

is there a big sound quality difference between focal 2 way krx2 component speakers and these utopia 165w-rc? [ rick  Apr 16, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Staff  Apr 16, 2014 ]

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