They are the result of 35 years of innovation, development and manufacturing of high-end speaker drivers and loudspeakers. The Utopia is more neutral and balanced but I feel like the 009 and Utopia share the same hyper realism where I find that the music sounds so good it's almost like it's fake. It will replace Utopia as pretty much the only headphone I listen to for the foreseeable future. Shares. That said I am really drawn to Clear as it still has that Focal house sound of … Focal Utopia provided astonishing Improvements to my musical enjoyment, so much more than expected above the Elear and Clear that I own. I had high expections of this headphone. Chora 826. Suspension strap has always helped, but this is undeniably more comfortable, and very comfortable overall. RPi4 -> ALLO Digione sig -> Auralic VEGA -> Headamp GS-X mini -> Focal Utopia Share This Post post-15983281 This is a headphone that I have become too familiar with over the past few years. Some of my favorite headphones are HD650, Atticus, TH-X00, and HD800 with a few dB bass boost. It’s just a bit stiff and weighty. Definitely less intimate than Utopia. Along with the headphones you’ll get some paperwor… You can kind of see where the company's coming from. I feel like the Verite likely isn't as popular as it should be due to one guy's opinion - who most enthusiasts don't take seriously anyway. I would say the enjoyment level of the MK1 and Utopia if I had to choose 1 would probably be the Utopia but only because something better I listened to last week exists. Focal Grande Utopia EM Type: 4-way floorstanding reflex-loaded loudspeaker Driver complement: One IAL2 25mm inverted beryllium dome, two 165mm W cone midrange, one 270mm W cone mid/bass, one 400mm W cone electro-magnetic sub-bass Forums. I was listening with a confused and slightly frustrated smile on my face. nanoiOne|A-gd C-2/R2R 2|Corda Jazz-ƒƒ|LD MK2, USBridge Sig/DigiOne Sig [Roon] > Hugo2 > Utopia, Focal Elear/AKG Q701/Etymotic ER-4PT/XPT100, | Arya | LCD-i4 | Ether C Flow 1.1 | -> CMA400i, Hifiman HE-6, Toneking TP16, HFLLIYI RP, Jemmy Audio DADmini. Listening to Fall Harder, the wide-panned, reverb-heavy guitars and effects sit coherently and confidently in the mix. There is nothing I feel like I'm missing out on in this regard with Verite. At the end of the day, if your goal is soundstage, get speakers. Staging is nice. Equipped with exclusive technology, they offer striking realism, neutrality, dynamics and clarity, for sound with unrivalled purity. I do wish bass distortion was lower, but Vérité is still pretty dang clean for a dynamic headphone. I’ve had them for about a month, and my thoughts are becoming coherent and stable enough now that I thought I’d share. Bass: The bass response is strong and fast. Focal’s headphones have been mostly middle market and solid as far as sound is concerned, but nothing in the company’s catalogue prepared us for the arrival of the Utopias. What DAC/AMP would you recommend to drive them effortlessly within a 1500 USD budget? Focal Utopia General Discussion Home. Yet Focal has dodged that particular bullet by describing its new Grande Utopia EM Evo – all 265kg, two metres and £160k-a-pair of it – and its smaller stablemate, the Stella Utopia EM Evo, as 'the most emblematic high-fidelity loudspeakers of all its collections'. I found the Utopia didn’t have enough to justify the price, especially with the reverberations from brass instruments, cymbals, etc. My Focal Utopia headphones review reminds me why I love music so much. Yet Focal has dodged that particular bullet by describing its new Grande Utopia EM Evo – all 265kg, two metres and £160k-a-pair of it – and its smaller stablemate, the Stella Utopia EM Evo, as 'the most emblematic high-fidelity loudspeakers of all its collections'. Nov 14, 2020 at 12:01 AM. Fine, let’s get to it then…. Also the Utopia interior pad walls are straight or perpendicular to the pad surface. The Grand Utopia is the latest step in this continuously evolving development—in essence, the field-test laboratory for the next generation of Focal drivers. It’s not the artificial / harsh type of “fake detail”. Other listening was mostly Google Play Music, with a bit of Spotify thrown in. Documentation Instagram Press. Focal Stellia: Focal Clear: Focal Stellia headphones: Focal Clear headphones: 1.2 m cable with 3.5 mm connector : 1.2 m cable with 3.5 mm connector: 3 m balanced cable with 4-pin XLR connector: 3 m cable with 6.35 mm connector: 3.5 mm … As a guitar lover I really appreciate Zach’s use of wood. Focal Elear Review So I know Focal Elear isn't exactly new or exciting these days and this is a "late" review. In short - Vérité is as technically impressive as Utopia while sounding more natural to me. I’m a terrible judge of much more, and I will always greatly prefer speakers here, but this is about as normal as a headstage has sounded to me. This review of the Focal Utopia is not just based on a single run and gun. The big spec difference is in the frequency range… Im very tempted to try get a review unit and really put the combo through its paces, also with my other headphones. The Focal Utopia cans (I have two) can be a curse in that they are so revealing they demand the best possible input. Utopia is more precise / a bit cleaner here. In fact, the Utopia headphones help me recall how the Chord Hugo dac knocked my socks off and took me off guard too at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2014.After a long day of gear demos, my friend, Jamil and I decided to give up. Treble is now rougher, and I’m noticing a slight peak around 8k or so (can’t win ‘em all), but overall balance is better. I basically said the exact same thing a few days ago. The Focal Utopia represents, and I say this without hesitation, the most impressive headphone that I have ever heard. Product reviews: Find a dealer. Whilst the overall sound is quite intimate and concentrated, the layering of instruments is phenomenal. I’ve loved the look of Zach’s headphones for a long time, and this is no exception. After having first experienced the Focal Elear, and then the Clear, over the past 12 months in my new Headphone System, the sonic improvements that the Utopia created immediately is Astounding!! Sound excellence. I like ZMF a lot as well, but I've been more measured in my views of Eikon and especially Auteur compared to other headphones in those price ranges. Thankfully the flat pads exist, and they “fix” my biggest issues with the FR while retaining pretty much everything else. Install your Focal Diablo Utopia bookshelf loudspeaker on its 60cm stand. The Focal website uses cookies to improve your navigation on the site, for statistical, audience measurement, advertising and personalisation purposes. Listen to your music in the best conditions. I’ve owned Utopia for about 3 years— owned HEKv2 concurrently for about 2 years, and have owned HEKse for the last 6 months. I would hope any well heeled enthusiast that has the budget for an Utopia or Verite wouldn't base his buying decisions or even his shortlist on any one guy's opinion anyway. Bizarre. Its composure during complex passages is similarly impressive. The issue of Focal's modification of the Utopia without notification is now old news. 3-WAY FLOORSTANDING LOUDSPEAKER . They are the result of 35 years of innovation, development and manufacturing of high-end speaker drivers and loudspeakers. An ‘à la carte’ concept . This … And so in this review I’m going to ask the question of whether the F… Focal Utopia Headphone Review June 14, 2016 October 10, 2018 AudioHead 14 Comments Focal , Headphone , Utopia , Utopia Headphone Focal has been in the speaker business for more than 35 years, but it wasn’t until recently that they decided to … Abyss 1266 TC Phi | HiFiMan Susvara | Focal Utopia | Focal Stellia | Sennheiser HD650 iBasso dx220 amp 8 > 64 Audio A12T Share This Post post-15938719. Now i had the praised Focal Utopia next to me. Equipped with exclusive technology, they offer striking realism, neutrality, dynamics and clarity, for sound with unrivalled purity. Verite serves me better as a replacement, than a compliment. I still prefer this headphone over Utopia, and I don’t see that changing, so here we are. Do you imagine there's any way to square his views with your own experiences? The Verite sounds very appealing to me as a complement based on what I've been reading. When the basic methodology is questionable, other things are too IMO. I would compare directly to more headphones, but I honestly haven’t listened to anything besides Utopia in like 9 months. Post #13,159 of 13,361 llamaluv 1000+ Head-Fier. Contact me with news and offers from other Future brands Receive email from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors Thank you for signing up to What Hi-Fi?. Focal Utopia General Discussion Home. Meaningfully lighter than past ZMF’s. IIRC he didn't try the Verite pads on Aeolus either even tho he had them on hand, not sure if he tried more than one set on the Verite proper. Press J to jump to the feed. I welcome the choice. I basically said the exact same thing a few days ago, but I have never read another direct comparison of Verite to Utopia before so I wasn't sure if my impressions were maybe clouded by my own affinity toward ZMF and I was just drinking the kool aid. post-15882588. Have a Focal Utopia loaned to me at the moment, and I’ve spent over a month with it. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, Verite|Utopia|HE-6|HD800|TH610(modded)||dac1541|iha-1, RME/887/ZDT Jr>Auteur/Atticus/HD800(SDR)/Elex/LCD2C/Verum1/HD6XX, Verite | ADX5000 | TH900SB | Violet | Viento | VX | Z1R | MEST, Utopia / XBA-Z5 / AH-D600 / ER4SR / HD540, Soekris 1541 - ECP T3 - Aeolus | HD 6XX | PM-3 | ES100 - MD Plus. The star of the show, the lofty Utopia, is basically a Sennheiser HD 800 S with a more satisfying low end and, somehow, even more detail and resolution. I dare say, even his Loxjie P20 at $99 would have been worth trying. Detail, I'd put them very similarly (based on my recollections back from the year when I did listen to HD800 a lot). Find a dealer. Resulting sound is still cohesive to me. Even Tyll had some questionable calls at times and I thought he thought out things more than most and looked at it from every possible angle. Post #13,113 of 13,347 thecrow Headphoneus Supremus. Focal Utopia Review Disclaimer: The Focal Utopia sent to us for the purposes of this review is a loan sample that was returned after this review. It’s not an issue for me during normal listening. My first thought was that the $65,000 Grand Utopia was simply related to the Wilson Grand SLAMM. Also are you sure you only need one set of cans? Specifications. They are the result of 40 years of innovation, development and manufacturing of high-end speaker drivers and loudspeakers. Checking out everything from impedance to frequency range can give you a better idea of what kind of sound signature you’re going to get for your hard earned money. In short I love it, but I might almost be able to say I get what you are saying about the metallic aspect of the Utopia. Post #12,894 of 13,361 montanari 1000+ Head-Fier. Some headsets response bass a bit slower to the low end, but not the high-end audiophile headsets like the Focal Utopia open-back headphones. Like are you just infatuated with your new toy or is really killing your enjoyment of those other great cans in your collection? Hey man! With flat pads: Yes, this is where it’s at (x2). Focal's Utopia headphones live up to their $3,999 price And the $999 Elear aren’t too bad either By Vlad Savov @vladsavov Jul 25, 2016, 11:33am EDT Period. Here is where the Utopia stands out. Still more composed / less bombastic than say a TH-X00, but very clear difference compared to angled pads. Sign up below to get the latest from What Hi-Fi?, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! So I preordered, and now here I am reviewing the Vérité. You will receive a verification email shortly. Utopia is more aggressive, vocally forward, and a bit artificial in comparison. Interesting to hear about the pads, I'm definitely going to buy a pair to try. Utopia have already become the world reference high-fidelity headphones manufactured in France by Focal. Read our Focal Utopia review. With flat pads: Yes, this is where it’s at. Equipped with exclusive technology, they offer striking realism, neutrality, dynamics and clarity, for sound with unrivalled purity. What was relatively smooth but dull is now crunchier. Forums. Thanks for replying, Verite is really something great. Still sounds very natural, and not metallic. Share This Post Reactions: montanari. But I still have a soft spot for ZMF headphones, and I was really intrigued by the new driver. Tyll's #1 headphone in the world that made HD800S sound thin and analytical. Midrange ends up sounding pretty natural now, for lack of a better term. Where as the HD800 pads are thinner and then there's even more room inside the ear cups for your ears. Wow, haven't thought about Zeos in a while. Rough measurements of the interior edges of the Utopia pads are 50mm wide by 60mm high. Specs: over-ear, dimension: 5″ x 5: x 5″, weight: 1.08 pounds, audiophile open-back circum-aural, 40m Beryllium M-shaped dome, ear cushions: 20mm memory foam, frequency response: 5 – 50 kHz, impedance: 80 ohms, sensitivity: 104dB SPL / 1mW a 1kHz Features: full-range speaker drivers, earcups rotatable, headband: leather length adjustable, offer striking realism, … The Focal Utopia headphones are supposed to be the best of what Focal can offer in a pair of headphones — and it’s an ambitious undertaking. With angled pads: This was kind of weird to me. Not sure why he has that opinion (and I've never really found his opinions very consistent anyway), but I can 100% tell you that I prefer Verite over Auteur. Performance. Man, not sure I'm the best to advise you on this front. The Focal Utopia was released a few years ago, and I had listened to it a couple times in the past, although not in the best conditions – either at headphone meetups or in a store. Of all the headphones I own I think HE-6, Utopia, and now Verite are the only ones that really can do it all competently. there is already a thread for the launch of the utopia and elear which is very active, and a new separate thread for the elear in the full-sized headphones forum. Share This Post Reactions: Eylrik, TooFrank and Frankie D. post-15886598. But I hate writing reviews of headphones immediately after getting them since I feel like it takes time to live with them for a while to really understand the nuances. This brings back enough presence. I specifically waited about a month to check myself as best as I could on the "flavor of the month" syndrome for Verite. Share This Post post-15974906. Especially considering the wide body of excellent reviews available. Joined Oct 18, 2014 Messages 2,760 Reaction score 1,031. thecrow. Joined Nov 19, 2018 Messages 862 … Sep 26, 2020 at 5:37 PM. I mean the ability to decipher the low-level cues that make an instrument and voice sound like more than just the pitch of the note. Newsletter. The box itself feels like it’s made of a synthetic leather that feels smooth to touch, and when you open it a vivid red ribbon welcomes you to the headphones. It’s always best to start off a good headphone comparison with a look at the specs. Chora 826. Some cup reverb (which probably is what I’m thinking about when I think boomy) – I kind of like it the more I listen. The 650, whilst having a similar stage width, sounds congested and slow in comparison. It really doesn't need all that much power, I imagine pretty much any well-regarded desktop amp can handle it in terms of power requirement. It's not like it's HE-6 levels of difficulty, it's more in the LCD-2 range of power requirement. Today, let’s take a closer look at these two with this Focal Stellia vs Focal Clear Comparison Review! I know I know - enough with the pads! At the end of the day, the HD800 FR is really not for me (even after SDR modding). Slightly boomy, obviously elevated over neutral, but not excessively so for me. Strings took on this kind of eerie quality that (along with the impressive dynamics and overall resolution of this headphone) was a uniquely cool experience, but this midrange isn’t for me long term. In your opinion, is there any reasonable explanation (specifically when it comes to sound) as to why Zeos didn't like it and preferred the Auteur and Aeolus? It was really obvious too since all the post review preorders in the spreadsheet (and they did shoot up) asked for the suede band Zeos praised. Period. The flagship model . Thank you to Focal for giving us this opportunity. When I look back on all the dumb things I did as a kid, surely one of the dumbest was pitching rocks and dirt balls at a wasp nest. Verite is pretty wide, but I don't get the same sense. Didn't Zeos also review the closed ZMF with suede pads rather than the leather ones most people will buy? My review samples’ motif of contrasting black and white was attractive, though the Diablo Utopia Colour Evo’s boxier shape begins to look its age when compared to the newer, more rounded, and more cohesive look of Focal’s Sopra models. But there are some clear reasons for it at least. Would love a comparison to HE-6? Joined Apr 1, 2018 … The Focal Stellia are a luxury pair of over-ear, closed-back headphones, featuring Focal’s signature beryllium driver, as previously seen on the Focal Utopia. Disclaimer: The Focal Utopia sent to us for the purposes of this review is a loan sample that was returned after this review. I guess in my opinion it depends on the genre of music you listen to and how you see value, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Do you dream about building your own, bespoke, audio system, by choosing each speaker driver based on your vehicle and your requirements? If there are any particular headphones you want me to compare more directly against (HE-6, HD800, HD580/600), let me know and I’ll see about bringing them back out for a listen. With angled pads: Balance of the bass with everything else and some softness robs bass-heavy genres of excitement, despite the elevated bass. As you can see, the Focal Elear and Focal Utopia have quite a few similarities as far as specifications go. Variety comes from the music for me, not from the headphone. Each driver is covered by a removable grille -- the midrange-woofer’s grille has a little fabric tab by which it’s easily pulled off. Joined Oct 18, 2014 Posts 2,760 Likes 1,031. The transducer design is derived directly from the best big Focal room speakers, some of which can run well into the six figures. Good extension – sub-bass is present, rolls off slightly early (the usual tests are slightly less impressive), but this still definitely works for me for actual music, Quibbling aside, bass is still the opposite of one-note, and well textured, and impactful. I do find it useful in dialing in the headphone to meet each user's subjective preferences, gear etc etc. High-fidelity speakers. The early production Utopia will have better bass detail with bass boost than the current Utopia will have without bass boost. But for these high-end headphones do everything very well. My first couple days (with angled pads) was weird – basically I couldn’t deal with the FR, but it was still very technically impressive in spite of everything. I’ll do one post per set of Headphones to keep it organized, I’ll add the links to the others down below as soon as I posted them. After all, almost all of the X-1's drivers are made by Focal. After all, almost all of the X-1's drivers are made by Focal. or is he just out to lunch on this (either not paying attention, or doesn't know what to listen for). I had to get a RMA from my dealer and include a copy of the original sales receipt to send mine in for repair to Focal. Congratulations. The Grand Utopia is the latest step in this continuously evolving development—in essence, the field-test laboratory for the next generation of Focal drivers. For now the 5 year time period isn't a problem but after 2021 how would you prove they are under 5 years old? ;p. He used 2 SS amps only, Considering the gear at his disposal I'd say that was a bit too casual. My setup: Lynx AES16e -> Soekris dac1541 -> Dragon Inspire iha-1. Hey guys, been a while. Used with the dedicated Focal.JMlab pedestal stands it … Oh, you wanted more than that? I end up near the 12 o’clock position on my iha-1 a decent portion of the time. Maybe others can find some logic there. Man I am really glad to hear you say that. My first thought was that the $65,000 Grand Utopia was simply related to the Wilson Grand SLAMM. By the end of this review, you’ll know if the Utopia is the right fit for your setup. Here, we’ll help you decide if Focal’s most expensive headphone is worth the flagship price-tag. it might be useful to have a thread dedicated to focal's flagship can in the high-end forum - just saying. Update: June 14, 2017 I have increased my star rating from 4 stars to 5 stars. It was complete enough for me that I really haven’t listened to any other headphone since then. Not metallic-sounding (looking at you, Utopia) and the overall sibilance is pretty well-controlled. It stood out too much. One note - I haven't released them yet - but we are going to release an "in between" flat (verite) and angled (Universe) pad that will be a nice middle ground for the Verite between the two pads. Now, in 2019, there are a lot more flagships on the market to choose from, and the Utopia is often used as a comparison for new headphones. Jude Mansilla sat down and talked with Nicolas Debard of Focal about two new flagship headphones from Focal -- the Elear and the Utopia -- and learn about Focal's loudspeaker development approach to crafting high-end headphones. A bit warm, and treble is a bit uneven, with the flat pads. When it comes to levels of insight, little at this price even comes close. Like every speaker Focal makes, the Diablo Utopia Colour Evo was designed using modern techniques and software, and fine-tuned through tests in Focal’s own anechoic chamber. I wouldn't spend much time trying to find the logic to his conclusions, if he's really some kinda high end taste maker then the market is screwed anyway. Focal has never made headphones as pricey as these, or anything that even hinted at so much ability. DA-004s (modded by Rick Schultz) as being the most critical link in the audio chain. And on that tack I've been a disciple of good DACs, having zeroed in on L.K.S. With Verite, I don't have any of those reservations, it's just a great headphone that does a lot to justify its high price. It is still an amazing headphone, but nothing is perfect. If you buy used, I am not sure how this works. I mean I love my summit fi guitar but I need variety in my life. The speakers feature TMD (Tuned Mass Damping) suspension and the NIC (Neutral Inductance Circuit). More critical listening was done primarily with my own CD rips. Focal Utopia. … With our new Utopia M line, this dream has now come true, with only one limit: your creativity. Joined … And even though I agree that Verite bass is slightly bloomy, I think it is more natural and pleasing. The Focal Utopia has been out now for some time, and when it first came out there was nothing else like it. After a flurry of buying way too many headphones that ended about a year ago, I had finally settled on Utopia. Utopia are THE reference high-fidelity headphones manufactured in France by Focal. Yeah, another way to kind of think of it is a hardness, which I guess goes along with crystalline. With angled pads: Also kinda weird to me, at least coming off of Utopia. Focal Viva Utopia Be III LCR Drive units: 2 x 8in Focal proprietary ‘W’ woofers; 1 x 6.5in Power Flower magnet mid-band driver; 1 x 1in IAL2 pure Beryllium inverted dome tweeter Enclosure: Three-way ported with the bass sections’ ports loaded against the next enclosure section. The $4,000 Focal Utopia is an open-back earcup design featuring Focal’s very highly regarded pure beryllium 40mm transducers with a proprietary ‘M-shaped’ dome driver construction. Focal Utopia Headphone Review June 14, 2016 October 10, 2018 AudioHead 14 Comments Focal, Headphone, Utopia, Utopia Headphone. Some may actually prefer this, though, and I don’t mind it. I always thought HD800 soundstage was kind of unnatural, even though it was cool. To me Hd800S all day heard these at canjam and I'm not sold on them over the hd800S but not to say they are a bad headphone.. Feel free to judge me. How would you compare the detail retrieval and soundstage to the HD800? Again this is in the same league as Utopia. Still quite listenable for extended periods of time, and I can handle rougher treble if it means that it’s not as dark overall. Yep, he is loud and impatient. Only you can make your own value judgments. Utopia are THE reference high-fidelity headphones manufactured in France by Focal. Focal has been in the speaker business for more than 35 years, but it wasn’t until recently that they decided to take the leap into headphone development. Everything you mentioned was pretty in line with what I heard. Some cup reverb (which probably is what I’m thinking about when I think boomy) – I … Focal Utopia. Possibly a bit biased since he's very familiar with the LCD sound and new to the utopia. Forums. Post #12,919 of 13,332 F. Frankie D 500+ Head-Fier. The layers in a song are almost eerily dissected and laid out in front of you. Focal's Diablo Utopia bookshelf speakers combine beauty with performance. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. For $4000, they had a lot to live up to. Won't be able to get to it today, but I'll put HE-6 first on the list for direct comparisons (hopefully by next weekend or so). Check out my review of the Focal Utopia! Headphones: Meze 99 Classic and Empyrean, Oppo PM-2 PM-3, Bose QC35ii, Sennhheiser HD800 and Momentum3, AK T1p, Klipsch HP-3, Focal Utopia and Clear, iBasso SR2, ATH-DSR9BTH Headphone Amps: Sennheiser HDVA 600, OPPO HA-2SE, Little Bear B4-X, Focal Arche He has too many reviews in the queue and that's his bread and butter, so rapid turnover, the McDonalds of equipment reviewers. I do wish bass distortion was lower, but Vérité is still pretty dang clean for a dynamic headphone. Lesson learned. Bass is a little boomy. Focal’s Utopia headphones are a bleeding-edge statement from a pedigreed loudspeaker manufacturer that has made the most of its speaker-designing experience. A place for discussion, news, reviews and DIY projects related to portable audio, headphones, headphone amplifiers and DACs. I usually am using my Utopia out of Gungnir Multibit -- fed into the Bottlehead SEX 3.0 (with C4S). Joined Nov … I guess I’d use the word pleasant. Utopia is more precise / a bit cleaner here. I waited to post this for a little bit. Post #13,222 of 13,385 H. Hoegaardener70 1000+ Head-Fier. The Utopia is Focal’s third headphone and flagship model priced at $4,000. by Amos Barnett. “World’s Best Headphone.” This was the proclamation made by the man who gave me my first job doing headphone reviews, my mentor and predecessor at Innerfidelity, Tyll Hertsens.As a young teenager I remember learning a lot from Tyll and Innerfidelity, and the exciting discussions of his reviews and measurements that made their way onto the forums at head-fi and … Focal Utopia. Update: June 30, 2017 I'm probably not going to sell mine (because apparently I'm the person who hoards things), but I can see why you'd make the switch. Nov 22, 2020 at 10:19 AM. I love it. Yes, he loves the Audeze sound, that is true. The pad openings on the Utopia are significantly smaller than the HD800's. So I think anyone that likes that little extra oomph or more inclined toward Harman will really like Verite. 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