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Focal Utopia (2020 update)

Open-back over-the-ear wired headphones

Item # 091UTP2020

Arguably the best-sounding headphones in the world: spacious, effortless, and incredibly nuanced.

Arguably the best-sounding headphones in the world: spacious, effortless, and incredibly nuanced.

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Item # 091UTP2020

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$4,400.00

About the Focal Utopia (2020 update)

The best get better

The Focal Utopia headphones have quite the reputation. In fact, they are arguably the best-sounding headphones on the planet. Every time I'm fortunate enough to listen to them, I'm wowed by their strikingly realistic sound. Focal has spruced up the presentation with an updated designer case and new cables — but the special headphones themselves are unchanged.  
Focal Utopia headphones at Crutchfield HQ

Focal brought the Utopia headphones to Crutchfield for a listening event — they sounded spacious, effortless, and incrediby nuanced. 

The best get better

The Focal Utopia headphones have quite the reputation. In fact, they are arguably the best-sounding headphones on the planet. Every time I'm fortunate enough to listen to them, I'm wowed by their strikingly realistic sound. Focal has spruced up the presentation with an updated designer case and new cables — but the special headphones themselves are unchanged.  

Our special listening session here at Crutchfield

Years ago, Focal stopped by Crutchfield HQ with a sample of the Focal Utopias. I can't throw enough superlatives at them.

These headphones were clear and detailed in ways I've never heard. Home A/V editor Jim Richardson pointed out that “Limelight” by Rush — a song we've all heard countless times — has so much more going on in the low-end than we ever realized. You could pick out each instrument like the band was playing right in front of you. 

Fine materials and state-of-the art design

"Knowing Focal, there's beryllium under the hood," said our longtime home speaker buyer Tim, while discussing these headphones. He was right. Focal uses beryllium in their Utopia loudspeakers, and includes the precious material here to help emulate the sound of those high-end drivers. Beryllium is much lighter and stiffer than titanium or aluminum, so it can move more smoothly and efficiently.

For the 40mm drivers in the Utopia headphones, Focal formed beryllium foil domes into a unique "M" shape. This patent-pending design allows the drivers to perform with rigid agility. You get incredible sound that spreads across a wide frequency range, even beyond human hearing — all without any built-in crossover. The drivers are suspended in large, open-air chambers to cut down on resonance and create an extremely tight and lifelike stage for your music.   

cutaway look at the drivers of the Focal Utopia heaphones

Focal's specially designed driver uses materials like pure beryllium, for accurate sound with speaker-like dynamics.

Sturdy, comfortable fit adds to the experience

Focal's Utopia speakers are prized as much for their one-of-a-kind looks as their stunning sound. I'd say these headphones follow suit. The carbon-fiber headband yoke blends smoothly and symmetrically with the strong open-back earcups and mesh grilles. Both the 'cups and headband slide on seamlessly. They're also both padded with 0.8-inch thick memory foam and lined with beautiful, breathable Pittards leather — the same classic material found in quality handbags and fashion accessories. (Dare I say these headphones fit like a glove?)

This solid build dampens vibrations for better sound. It also helps ensure that you'll enjoy the Focal Utopia for years to come. 

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Product highlights:

  • over-the-ear, open-back design for reduced resonance and spacious, natural sound
  • 40mm dynamic drivers made of high-grade materials like strong, lightweight beryllium
    • specially designed "M-shaped" pure beryllium domes help reproduce a wide frequency range
  • a separate headphone amplifier is required to properly power these headphones for optimum sound quality
  • designed, developed, and assembled in Saint-Etienne, France
  • drivers positioned in open-back headphone chamber to help emulate the sound of loudspeakers
  • headband and earcups lined with Pittards leather
    • generous memory foam padding on the headband and earcups
  • carbon fiber headband yokes slide comfortably and sturdily into place
  • 2 detachable oxygen-free copper cables:
    • 9.8-foot cable with balanced XLR4 connector
    • 3.9-foot cable with unbalanced 3.5mm stereo plug
  • each cable features two shielded "Lemo®" locking connectors for secure, high-quality connection
  • rigid, form-fitting storage case with padded interior
  • 1/4" adapter included
  • frequency response: 5-50,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 104 dB
  • impedance: 80 ohms
  • 17.3 ounces (without cable)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # Utopia 2020

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Features & specs

General
Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Bluetooth Version N
Mic For Taking Calls ---
Voice Assistant Access
Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant No
Siri No
Connectors
3.5mm Yes
1/4" Yes
Lightning No
4.4mm balanced No
XLR4 balanced Yes
2.5mm No
Other None
Specs
Frequency Response 5-50K Hz
Sensitivity 104 dB
Impedance 80 Ohms
Weight ---
Cord Length ---
Parts Warranty 1 year
Labor Warranty 1 year
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