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?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. I prefer not to answer

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  1. Allanmarcus
    reminder: this is the Utopia thread. Thanks.
     
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  2. windcar
    Tidal also recently came up with 24 bit master recordings although the selection is extremely limited.
    I'm pretty disappointed that only Tidal offers lossless streaming and I am not a fan of their interface nor amount of songs in their database.
     
  3. Musikbeginner
    ask a question, for warranty registration, how can i find the serial number? thanks in advance.
     
  4. Musikbeginner
    never mind, found answer online. it's under right ear cushion.
     
  5. windcar
    talk about earpad, I hope there are third party manufacturer making earpad for utopia. Not willing to pay $200 just for a pair of earpad.
     
  6. ILLMATIC9108
    Well lol, you are the one trying to lure me in and snatch me up with all this wonderful audio equipment. Than I'll be on your nearest milk carton missing. haha
     
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  7. ILLMATIC9108
    Thanks for this information. I will make sure to do this tomorrow through this app once I restart the Tidal HIFI subscription.
     
  8. fredfung28
    Totaldac, rockna or emmlabs are good with utopia I think. I am currently using emmlabs dac2x v2, its really good already in terms of the tone quality and imaging
     
  9. fredfung28
    I think if you have a ak380 with the amp, the price is actually quite expensive already.. If you are using utopia for home listening, saving money or selling 380 for a home dac will be a very nice upgrade.
     
  10. MacedonianHero Contributor
    Listening to Gregory Porter's new album (Nat King Cole & Me) with the Utopia w/ Lazuli Reference Dana Cable and DAVE combination and I am gobsmacked with what I'm hearing! Don't miss my SR-009 setup at all. :)
     
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  11. up late
    picked up the utopia today and am listening to it as i type. no hyped treble, boosted bass or recessed mids. balanced is the word that has immediately come to mind when i've auditioned this headphone. reference and mature are others. and now i'll get to spend much more time with it, which never looked like a realistic possibility until recently.
     
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  12. Whitigir
    Yeah, skepticism for a while didn’t you
     
  13. up late
    only with regard to the price, and i still feel conflicted about that even with the headphone trade-in offer that made my utopia purchase possible. however, i have praised the headphone itself from the first audition, and i've had a few since then. i hope that clarifies my position for you.
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2017
  14. fredfung28
    I am now considering to buy a pair of abyss phi also.. I think it is quite a different thing comparing to utopia.
    I will give more details when I have the 1266 phi
     
  15. rgs9200m
    So Fredfung28, do you find DSD as amazingly good on the EMM as I do? (I use an XDS1v2.) Thank you.
     

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