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Focal Utopia

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.

Item # 091UTP2020

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About the Focal Utopia

A bonafide classic

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 Utopia headphones at Crutchfield HQ

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

A bonafide classic

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.

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. 


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: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # Utopia 2020

Fit FactorsSM

  • Large earcups
  • Soft padding (earcups and headband)
  • Good for focused listening

What's in the box:

  • Over-ear headphones (black)
  • 48" Unbalanced audio cable with straight 3.5mm plug
  • 3.5mm-to-6.5mm adapter
  • 10' Balanced audio cable with XLR-4 plug
  • Zippered storage case
  • User Manual
  • Operating Instructions
  • Beryllium Precautions for Use document
  • Focal brand brochure

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Features & specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 3.769" x 4.189"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Bluetooth Version N
Single-earbud Operation No
Mic For Taking Calls No
Voice Assistant Access
Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant No
Siri No
3.5mm Yes
1/4" Yes
Lightning No
4.4mm balanced No
XLR4 balanced Yes
2.5mm No
Other None
Frequency Response 5-50k Hz
Sensitivity 104 dB
Impedance 80 Ohms
Weight 19.4 ounces
Cord Length 48" + 120"
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
The Focal Utopia replaces these items:

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Overview: The Focal Utopia reference over-ear headphones are the result of innovation, development, and manufacturing of high-end speakers and drivers. These audiophile headphones are designed and manufactured in France, and feature the only full-range, near-field loudspeakers built within a pair of headphones. The Utopia comes with two cables -- a 10-foot balanced cable (XLR-4 plug) and a 4-foot unbalanced cable (3.5mm plug). Also included is a 1/4" jack adapter and a rigid zippered storage case. The entire package is enclosed in a luxurious black faux leather box.

Design: The Utopia is handcrafted using premium materials with particulary attention to detail. This gives the headphones an elegant look, dynamic performance, and extreme comfort. Even though the headphones weigh a little over 1 pound, the weight is evenly distributed. The aesthetic constant bend of the headband and carbon fiber yoke contributes to the comfort for any type of head shape. The genuine lambskin leather on the ear cushions and headband is soft and supple.

Drivers: The Utopia features large 40mm full-range "M"-shaped dome drivers made of pure Beryllium. Beryllium is 3 times more rigid than Titanium, and 5 times that of Aluminum, while having only 40% of the density of Titanium, and 70% of the density of Aluminum. This combination of low mass, high rigidity, and high damping factor makes Beryllium an ideal material for a speaker driver.

Running-in Period: The headphones require a running-in (break-in) period in order to reach their full potential. The drivers will naturally break-in after several hours of listening over time. To speed up the process, Focal recommends playing very bass-heavy music through them for at least 24 hours at a relatively high volume. This stabilizes the speaker drivers, and assures you get the very best performance from your headphones.

Open Headphone Design: Focal decided that the best way to deliver all of the Utopia's performance was to utilize a fully open headphone design for total decompression of the loudspeakers. The open design provides the lowest possible acoustic impedance to reproducing accurate and detailed bass frequencies, and gives you an extremely natural listening experience.

Ear Cups: The circum-aural ear cups feature 20mm thick memory foam cushions, covered by a bi-material construction made with true lambskin leather and perforated microfiber fabric. This combo provides a balance between a lively room with lots of reverb and a "damp" room with no reflections. The result is a flat frequency response in the upper mid and high frequencies between 1 kHz and 10 kHz.

Cables: Utopia comes with a 4' unbalanced cable for use with your portable music sources or home stereo equipment. Also included is a 10' balanced cable offers better channel separation when used with high-end D/A converters and headphone amplifiers. Both cables feature braided jackets with 24 AWG conductors, OFC (oxygen-free copper) shielding, and an extremely low impedance (<90 mΩ). The 2-sided cables have shielded 9.5mm Lemo connectors on the headphone end with a self-locking bayonet system to plug into the ear cups. The 10' balanced cable is equipped with an XLR-4 plug, while the 4' unbalanced (single-ended) cable has a 3.5mm plug, plus a screw-on 1/4" plug adapter.


  • Frequency Response: 5Hz - 50kHz
  • Impedance: 80 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 104dB SPL / 1 mW @ 1kHz
  • THD: <0.2% / 1 kHz / 100dB SPL
  • Ear Cup Dimensions:
    • Outside: Width 3.769", Height 4.189", Depth 2.156"
    • Inside: Width 2.028" Height 2.413" Depth 0.875"
  • Weight: 19.4 ounces (with cable)

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