Focal Utopia \ Endgame Open-Back Pure Beryllium Dome Headphones-Bloom Audio
Focal Utopia \ Endgame Open-Back Pure Beryllium Dome Headphones-Bloom Audio
Focal Utopia 2020 Revision | Endgame Open-Back Headphones-Bloom Audio
Focal Utopia 2020 Revision | Endgame Open-Back Headphones-Bloom Audio
Focal Utopia \ Endgame Open-Back Pure Beryllium Dome Headphones-Bloom Audio
Focal Utopia \ Endgame Open-Back Pure Beryllium Dome Headphones-Bloom Audio
Focal Utopia \ Endgame Open-Back Pure Beryllium Dome Headphones-Bloom Audio
Focal Utopia \ Endgame Open-Back Pure Beryllium Dome Headphones-Bloom Audio
Focal Utopia \ Endgame Open-Back Pure Beryllium Dome Headphones-Bloom Audio

Focal Utopia 2020 | Open-Back Headphones

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Our Take
When Focal released the Utopia in 2016, it was quickly lauded by many as the "greatest headphones in the world." Once you listen, it's easy to hear why. The transparency and accuracy is mind-blowing. You will hear detail in music you love that you've never heard before. If you have or are considering a high end headphone, the no-compromises Utopia is amongst the very best open-back headphones you can buy. Endgame, no question.

Read our full review.

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From Focal

Utopia have already become the world 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 unrivaled purity. Utopia are unique: they are the world’s first audiophile headphones featured totally open-backed full-range speaker drivers with pure Beryllium ’M’-shaped domes. The acoustic quality of this exclusive solution allowed Focal to avoid the use of any crossover or passive filtering process to achieve a frequency response from 5Hz to 50kHz! The equivalent of two tiny authentic loudspeakers over your ears… 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 true lambskin leather ear cushions.

Focal Utopia

The listening experience is outstanding in terms of realism, natural sound reproduction, dynamics and clarity. When listening to them, the headphones virtually disappear and the audio signal is revealed with a level of precision never achieved until Utopia.

Design is also a key point, be it in regards to the way of using the headphones, comfort, as well as the aesthetic. Another achievement with Utopia is the removal from the conventional rotation included on the yoke and its integration into the headband to ensure a total purity of the design. The true lambskin leather, used on the cushions, reinforces the character of classically elegant lines, as well as the expression of comfort and overall performances. These headphones have immediately been applauded by the press as well as music lovers after launching.

Key points:

  • Made in France
  • Open back circum-aural headphones dedicated to low noise environments
  • Reference pair of headphones featuring full range loudspeakers made of a
    pure Beryllium “M” shape dome (patent pending)
  • Mechanical design offering a full compatibility to any size and shaped head
  • Balanced cable with channel separation for fast and easy custom-made solutions (bi-amp)

Specs

Headphone
Driver Size 1.57" / 40 mm
Design Over-Ear (Circumaural)
Earcup Style Open-Back
General
Frequency Response 5 Hz to 50 kHz
Sensitivity 104 dB at 1 kHz / 1 mW
Impedance 80 Ohms
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.2%
Foldable No
Physical
Material of Construction Carbon Fiber, Fabric, Leather, Metal
Weight 1.08 lb / 490 g 

In the Box

  • Rigid carrying case with magnet locking system
  • Two headphone cables are included: one braided balanced 10 ft. cable with 4pin XLR termination, one braided unbalanced 4 ft. headphone cable with 1/8-inch (3.5mm) connection-type, and one Jack adapter 1/8" (3.5mm) female – 1/4" (6.35mm) male

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Customer Reviews

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Kenneth L.
My favorite pair of headphones

I first became interested in headphones after I listened to the complex music of Jacob Collier. I loved it, but it was so foreign that I couldn’t figure-out what I was hearing. I wanted to pull it apart & identify as much as I could.
— so I bought several pairs of great headphones, including the Utopia, a killer DAC/Amp from Bloom, (the Burson Conductor 3X Reference), & a tube amp from ZMF, (for the times I want to use the Burson solely as a DAC).
The combination of the three is spectacular/astonishing/captivating...
It’s so much more than what I hoped it would be.
- For once, forget that your kid needs new glasses & decent shoes. Buy the headphones.

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Stuart Johnston
Transformationally Sublime

The most obvious characteristic of the Utopia is the detail and clarity. Other top notch headphones sound vailed and smeared in comparison even when they never sounded that way before. This is demonstrated when you understand words for the first time on a track you are very familiar with.
These are very engaging. Giving the music most of your attention results in a very entertaining experience. For background music I had to keep the volume down.
Although there is not an abundance of base, it is authentic and satisfying.
The one issue I had: At high volumes, loud passages of violins and voice sound piercing, some times harsh. This is maybe how violins sound in the first row or may be my 69 year old ears. (I read a couple of reviewers who mentioned glossiness.) At any rate, this was mitigated somewhat by the Burson Conductor 3R's slight warmth.
I bought the Utopia oner the Meze Empyrean because the Meze sounded boring in comparison on my music--mostly classical and singer/songwriter. Most listening is on Qobuz high resolution.

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Claud R. Whitener
Good Enough

For several years, I have avoided purchasing a Focal headphone. Recently the Utopia was revisited on one of the forums where I participate. The gist of the revisit had one important finding. If you do not have a DNA or EC tube headphone amp, you are not getting the most out of your Utopia. Since I have a DNA Stratus, I decided to upgrade.
Right out of the box, Stratus sounded pretty good on my SS/digital system. ( SPL Phonitor E & Matris Sabra Pro MOQ DAC). I ran that combo for 8 days 24/7 for break in. When I hooked up the Utopia to my Stratus/Shiit Yiggy/PS Audio CD transport, It was great. I played some Sade and wondered what Utopia owners were complaining about. Not enough bass?? I would not say so. Not too much certainly, but bass was lightening quick, detailed and bountiful.
Midrange was clear and musical as it was supposed to be.
All in all, an excellent combination.


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