Type: Circum-aural open back headphones
Impedance: 80 Ohms
Sensitivity: 104dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz
THD: <0,2% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL
Frequency response: 5Hz - 50kHz
Loudspeaker: 40mm pure Beryllium “M” shape dome
Weight: 1.08lb (490g) Cable length 13.1ft (4m)
Connectors: 1 x Jack (6.35mm) stereo, 2 x 9.5mm
Lemo® Carrying case: 326x260x164mm
Test i Lyd & Bilde:
"Focals beste og dyreste hodetelefoner heter Utopia. De både låter og koster deretter. Hver eneste komponent, hver eneste skrue er nøye gjennomtenkt, og her har ingeniørene gått den lange veien for å oppnå den aller beste lyden. Resultatet er rett og slett de beste hodetelefonene undertegnede har hørt, og de fortjener en dertil kjempegod forsterker for å yte sitt beste."
Det sier seg selv at en hi-fi-messes beste lyd er god. Mer enn god. Lyden av Utopia er noe av det beste jeg har hørt. Drevet med forforsterkeren og nettverksspilleren Naim NAC-N 272 er det som om Jeff Buckley er et levende spøkelse. Det er vanskelig å beskrive det. Overtoneområdet er på ingen måte atskilt fra grunntonene, så det føles feil å snakke om diskantgjengivelse. Det er bare en naturlig forlengelse av det hele. Luft, som aldri blir pågående og skarp. Strofen hvor Buckley synger ”I drink much more than I ought to drink,” kan ofte låte skarpt og krast, idet han drar på. Det gjør det ikke her. Bare kraftig, bastant, og ytterst følelsesladd."
Focal are proud to introduce our new high-end line of headphones equipped with exclusive innovations to offer remarkable sound performance and an unrivalled audiophile experience true to the brand’s core values.
Utopia are THE reference high-fidelity headphones manufactured in France by Focal. They are the result of 35 years of innovation, development and manufacturing of high-end speaker drivers and loudspeakers. Equipped with exclusive technology, they offer striking realism, neutrality, dynamics and clarity, for sound with unrivalled purity.
Utopia are THE reference high-fidelity headphones manufactured in France by Focal. They are the result of 35 years of innovation, development and manufacturing of high-end speaker drivers and loudspeakers. Equipped with exclusive technology, they offer striking realism, neutrality, dynamics and clarity, for sound with unrivalled purity. Utopia are unique they are the world’s first audiophile headphones to be equipped with totally open-backed full-range speaker drivers with pure Beryllium ’M’-shaped domes. They meet all the requirements expected of high-end headphones due to their sophisticated and elegant design and to purposeful materiality, such as the carbon fibre yoke and the Pittards® Leather ear cushions.
- Very high-end audiophile open-back circum-aural headphones for low-noise environments.
- Designed and manufactured in France and equipped with exclusive technology resulting from more than 35 years of expertise
- A pure, elegant and sophisticated design due to the carbon fibre yoke and Pittards® Leather headband
Utopia and Elear headphones are the result of a rather risky challenge: to offer an audio experience worthy of the brand’s high-fidelity loudspeakers through two new products. In order to achieve this, Focal approached the design of the various components in these headphones very differently to other players in the market.
The first obvious aspect is the extent of the open design of these two products. When Utopia or Elear are being worn, the sensation is remarkable: there is absolutely no change in perception in terms of room size. This desire to not have an impact on the impedance of the room the user is in, clearly contributes to the realistic sound of these two headphones. The next step for Focal’s mechanical engineers and designers was to improve the comfort of the headphones. There are still many high-end headphones which no doubt offer excellent performance, but comfort is a difficult issue over long periods. So, Focal focused on designing a headband with a constant bend, regardless of the size of the user’s head size. This spreads the weight of the headphones evenly over the head to avoid the feeling of pressure on the head or ears, which is all too often the case with other products.
The yoke developed for these two projects is also very impressive, both in terms of purity of the design and in terms of comfort. Thus, the yoke doesn’t have traditional vertically rotating mechanics, as this has been integrated into the headband. In addition to this, the asymmetry of the attachment points connecting the yoke to the ear-piece improves the distribution of clamping pressure and ensures excellent sealing and great comfort. The ear-piece also deserves praise for its remarkable aesthetics and its impressive open design. This avoids any mechanical compression of the transducers while preserving exceptionally realistic sound. Equipped with high-density memory foam, the headphones provide perfect sealing and adapt seamlessly to heads of all shapes and sizes.
A characteristic which really sets Focal apart is its ability to innovate and push back the limits in the field of speaker drivers, while managing its own industrial process at the production site based in Saint-Etienne, France. The challenge to reproduce experiences worthy of the brand’s best loudspeakers through two new headphones has resulted in a major innovation in the world of headphones (patent pending): the very first completely open back full-range loudspeaker. This world premiere is the result of four years of collaboration between the R&D and production methods teams.
By refusing to accept the compromise of having ports, which would of course allow for numerous tuning possibilities, particularly in the low end, Focal’s priority was to get rid of the distortion typically experienced with this type of open design. The only limit with this concept is the necessity to conceive the headphones from the start around a loudspeaker with a perfect frequency response. The only possibility for sound tuning would come down to the choice of materials and their properties, for example the magnet, the voice coil, the surround or, of course, the dome. There was just one watchword: to have the lightest moving assembly possible in order to be able to reproduce the highest frequencies.
Type: Circum-aural open back headphones