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Focal Utopia (& a little Elear) impressions and discussion

post #1 of 1870
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More info here
http://www.focal.com/headphones/

The utopia is $4000;

Interesting.

Picture from Woo Audio



Let's keep this civil, and focused on the Focal Utopia and Elear

Thanks

Elear Impressions thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/811961/focal-elear-impressions-thread
Head-fi preview thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/811270/focal-elear-and-utopia-review-preview-with-measurements-head-fi-tv
Edited by Allanmarcus - 9/17/16 at 12:05pm
post #2 of 1870
http://audio-head.com/focal-elear-headphone-review/

http://audio-head.com/focal-utopia-headphone-review/
post #3 of 1870
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Thanks for the post!

 

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Focal’s new flagship is easily the best dynamic headphone ever made to date and carries all the weight, panache and accolades that entails

 

That's a weighty statement. For $4000 it better be the best. My guess is that it's good, and designed to be sold (or given away free) when a dealer sells the Utopia speakers. Status headphones?

post #4 of 1870

 

Very interesting! I will no way no how be able to afford the Utopia but the Elear seems enticing, been a fan of their speaker systems for many years now.

post #5 of 1870
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post #6 of 1870
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Originally Posted by Allanmarcus View Post
 

Guess I missed this thread:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/811270/focal-elear-and-utopia-launch-with-impressions-head-fi-tv/

Well these probably deserve a thread in this sub-forum too.

post #7 of 1870
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post #8 of 1870

I'll never put half a kilo on my head no matter the sound.

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post #10 of 1870
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Might just be me, but I don't have a lot of respect for Gutenberg. He loves everything.
post #11 of 1870
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Might just be me, but I don't have a lot of respect for Gutenberg. He loves everything.

 

Yeah, I only linked it 'cause it's still technically a new review.

 

I like (read: don't like) how he contradicts himself by first implying that the Utopia is the new world's best headphone, but then later saying the Abyss is still better. XD

post #12 of 1870
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Might just be me, but I don't have a lot of respect for Gutenberg. He loves everything.

I agree, I feel that he only gives impressions based on price. Very rare (if its happened at all) in audiophile headphones for him to say he prefers the less expensive headphone. notice how he prefers the ABYSS to the utopia to the HE-1000 to the LCD3 to the LCDX. 100% price matchup

post #13 of 1870
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I agree, I feel that he only gives impressions based on price. Very rare (if its happened at all) in audiophile headphones for him to say he prefers the less expensive headphone. notice how he prefers the ABYSS to the utopia to the HE-1000 to the LCD3 to the LCDX. 100% price matchup

 

He did also mention in the past that he prefers the LCD-3 to the SR-009, as an example. My main gripe with his "reviews" is that he barely goes into any detail and comes off as too generic. Not much better than the typical mainstream reviews that read like a press release.

 

Here are some good impressions from my buddy "Noodles" (nickname I gave him):

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/811270/focal-elear-and-utopia-launch-with-impressions-head-fi-tv/450#post_12662362

post #14 of 1870
any chance of making this a utopia impressions and discussion thread? 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. it might be useful to have a thread dedicated to focal's flagship can in the high-end forum - just saying.
post #15 of 1870
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Originally Posted by Music Alchemist View Post
 

 

He did also mention in the past that he prefers the LCD-3 to the SR-009, as an example. My main gripe with his "reviews" is that he barely goes into any detail and comes off as too generic. Not much better than the typical mainstream reviews that read like a press release.

 

Here are some good impressions from my buddy "Noodles" (nickname I gave him):

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/811270/focal-elear-and-utopia-launch-with-impressions-head-fi-tv/450#post_12662362

True. I guess his style of reviewing works because, even though he identifies as an audiophile, most of his readers don't. To them, the new best, biggest, most expensive headphones would probably be the best things they ever heard. If he got critical of them, his readers would probably think "why the hell would I buy this super expensive headphone that has these issues when I can buy a cheap headphone that probably isn't much worse" etc. They'd probably not find his reviews worthwhile

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