Focal Utopia (& a little Elear) impressions and discussion

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by Allanmarcus, Jun 14, 2016.
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Has your utopia needed repair from your dealer or Focal, either under warranty or not?

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  1. csglinux
    Are there DAC/amp combo devices out there that sound better than the Hugo 2 when paired with the Utopia? Dave does, but it's too big and a little out of my price range. Having done a decent A/B with both, I can't forget the imaging I experienced with the Dave. It was spookily good. Is there anything small and portable that gets close to (or better?!) than the sound of a Dave?
     
  2. wldcohso
    She's practically family lol.... Head-Fi family that is hahahaha
     
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  3. MTMECraig
    Some years ago a headfier lent a helping hand to me similar to what @doggiemom just did. I owe A LOT to that person in regards to my enjoyment and growth in this hobby... On second thought though, I am much poorer now because of it!

    In all seriousness this community has been fantastic to me, and for that -Thank You
     
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  4. ILLMATIC9108
    Yes, very true, but, you can't put a price on audio happiness. And... yes, it is expensive.
     
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  5. rgs9200m
    So I can listen to MQA via my Tidal account at my desktop setup (a Windows box)? I use a Chord Hugo TT. I know the TT doesn't have MQA processing, but are there any advantages here? Thanks.
    [Ha ha, I was a math/comp sci major, but somehow this computer audio stuff is getting beyond me.]
     
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  6. wldcohso
    I’m starting to see a lot more “MQA” certified devices as well.. got me wondering is there s big difference when using it myself. I’ve read there two implementations for MQA, I’ve read there’s two components for MQA, one is software and other is hardware.
     
  7. FLTWS
    Almost every manufacturer of TV's, video players, and disc manufacturers jumped on the 3D Bluray bandwagon at some point in the past. Add curved screens to that as well, which are fine for computer simulation and gaming with it's one screen for one viewer design, but I never saw it as a viable alternative to flat screens, which, incidentally 99.999% of all films ever made were shot for.
     
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  8. doggiemom
    Actually, when you put it that way, that does sound kind of creepy, LOLOLOL!
    If you listen through the Tidal Windows program and don't have an MQA compatible DAC, the MQA files will be decoded by the Tidal software. The downside is that the maximum sampling rate of the output after decoding is 96kHz. I think most of the Tidal "Masters" are 96 kHz, but if there are any with higher sampling rates, you would only be able to listen to them at 96kHz, as opposed to 192 kHz or whatever.

    The standard "HiFi" albums in Tidal are 44 kHz, so the Masters do offer the advantage of 96 kHz without an MQA-compatible DAC. Just make sure that you go into the settings, ensure that the Hugo is selected as the audio output, and that it is running in exclusive mode. On my McIntosh DAC the sampling rate shows as 88 kHz instead of 96 kHz for Masters if exclusive mode is not selected.

    Hope this helps!
     
  9. ILLMATIC9108
    Question ... if you use Spotify with the Mojo what kind of sample rate is the Dac going to put out?
     
  10. jlbrach
    spotify is is MP3 lossy ,stick with Tidal
     
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  11. ILLMATIC9108
    I am going to renew my subscription to Tidal before i get my mojo, I just wanted to know if it will do anything to the Spotify sample rate.
     
  12. wldcohso
    Do you have to purchase the 19.99 package in order to use MQA or does it work with the standard 9.99 package as well?
     
  13. ILLMATIC9108
    I am guessing it's the hifi package. But I might be wrong.
     
  14. joseph69
    Here are the Tidal subscription types.
     
  15. MacedonianHero Contributor
    Spotify was supposed to be introducing lossless music a while back (like several months ago), but so far, no further news.
     

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