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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I certainly enjoy my Utopias with bass centric genres immensely - very satisfying without being overblown and whip quick too. I'm more into R&B like Erykah Badu, Solange, Erika de Casier, Blood Orange, The Internet etc than EDM. I would say that the subtle tweaking the Elex pads provide makes...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I've been using the Elex pads for months and really like sound better than stock - mind you I haven't done much comparing because my leather pads developed that icky goo where they contact the headphones so I don't like to use them. In any case the Elex pads immediately sounded more balanced and...
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    The AKG K712 Pro Support and Impressions Thread

    You will find the K712 has more clarity and a more spacious and exciting sound than the HD58X. Bass has more clarity than the Sennheiser 58X or 600 - its quick and clear in bass, not muddy. My Q701 and K712 have similar wide soundstage but the K712 has the more precise imaging, better balanced...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Well I was going to mention again the Focal Elex pads which are being sold by Drop for $60. They are a sort of microsuede similar to the Clear pads but black in color, so a nice visual match with the Utopia. Not as upmarket in feel as the Utopia pads but fine after a bit of break-in. The...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Correct. There have been several others that have commented on this issue. There was also some (horrific) pictures posted where the gunk had migrated to driver area and the headphones were a write-off and had to be replaced. Better to check and remove pads with this fault before damage occurs...
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    The AKG K712 Pro Support and Impressions Thread

    Might get a better response in a K701/Q701/k702 thread as the K712 has pretty good bass balance (I much prefer it to my Q701). The guy in this video seems to indicate its kind of subtle, but may be worth a try (can easily reverse):
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I can't speak to the changes in Utopia pads, my Utopia pads developed that sticky breakdown on the inside surface that contacts the headphones. I've replaced them for the moment with the $60 Elex pads being offered at Drop. I actually like the sound of the Elex pads more than the leather Utopia...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Hmm, I got my Utopias nearly 5yrs ago, around October 2016 (serial 5XX). I assumed if they were going to fail they would have by now. Yours failing after 4yrs doesn't give me great confidence going forward. I realise that although there were a spate of driver failures reported here, the overall...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I wouldn't assume that 'any other cable' would be better than the original stock. Balance wise I think that stock cable is pretty good, though it's not particularly spacious sounding. I needed a long cable, 4-5m. I didn't want to spend a fortune so I tried the Moon Black Dragon (5m). The BD...
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    The AKG K712 Pro Support and Impressions Thread

    Going by Tyll's Innerfidelity measurements K7XX is closer to K712 than Q701. There are a couple of K712 measurements below - as you can see there is some variation. K7XX has filled in the dip at 1.5K and slightly more bass than K712, but otherwise similar. K7XX and K712 both have the response...
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    The AKG K712 Pro Support and Impressions Thread

    Not sure about that. I thought the K7XX and K712 were closely related(?). It's worth noting that the high mid distortion on ASR was measured at 114dBSPL - and the driver looks out of its 'comfort zone'. The rising distortion in the mids is a feature of the K7 drivers and you can see it in Tyll...
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    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    I listen out of reach from the HPA4, so I'd forgotten about this feature - it's a pretty defined click, so I'm sure it is something you'll get used to while using the unit. BTW, I know you don't use the line out preamp functionality at the moment but the HPA4 is such an awesome preamp that a...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Sure nothing wrong that. I was just curious because the black Lemo looks never struck me as desirable, or undesirable for that matter, just plain. The silver Lemo on the other hand picks up the contrasting design elements on the Utopia. Either way not something I'd lose sleep over.
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Why is there an infatuation with the black Lemo connector on the stock cable? The black Lemo hardly makes its presence known, certainly doesn't look anything special. The silver Lemo picks up the silver accents from the exterior driver cover, decal etc, and certainly doesn't look out of place -...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Yep, discovered the same thing myself a few months ago. Like you say, it appears to a breakdown of the pad surface where it meets the headphone. I don't think its likely to migrate to the driver area but disappointing nonetheless.
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