Pros: An extemely resolving and well balanced sound signature. The best dynamic driver headphone I've heard to date
Cons: A little closed sounding compared to some other open headphones. Loan unit's midrange has peculiarity that sounds like internal reflection
The Focal Utopia doesn't need an introduction as it's already very well known and probably one of the most popular headphones amongst the audiophiles and audio enthusiasts. I have to thank Focal and Rocky International, Focal's Japan distributor, for lending me the Utopia and the Elear for a few days. They are as popular on the internet as they are in shows, exhibits, and audio events. Rocky International were kind enough lend them to me for a week despite their busy schedule for upcoming shows, and magazine reviewers.
Despite the retail price of the Focal Utopia, the model remains highly sought after with only a few initial production runs... (read more)