Focal Utopia General Discussion

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by Allanmarcus, Jun 14, 2016.

Has your utopia needed repair from your dealer or Focal, either under warranty or not?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. I prefer not to answer

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  1. Allanmarcus

    More info here

    The utopia is $4000 MSRP (significantly less from friendly, authorized dealers);


    Picture from Woo Audio


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


    1. Elear Impressions thread:
    2. Head-fi preview thread:
    3. InnerFidelity YouTube review
    4. World's Best Headphone: The Focal Utopia (InnerFidelity)
    5. review
    6. Headphone.Guru review
    7. review

    Music to show off the Utopia recommendations:

    1. Fleetwood Mac: Rumors - thanks @Allanmarcus)
    2. "Holst--The Planets" (London Philharmonic, Boult 24/96 HD FLAC file) - thanks
    3. "Alone" from Don Ellis' album Electric Bath - thanks
    4. "Be-Bop-A-Lula" by Gene Vincent from the Rockabilly Rules compilation
    5. "Moving Picture" (Rush) - thanks
    6. Mahler’s 5th Symphony - thanks
    7. Rebecca Pidgeon’s “The Raven” in a high resolution 192kps - thanks
    8. Dianna Krall's "Popsicle Toes" - thanks
    9. Lorde's "Royals" (from 2:20 - 2:45) - thanks @talkingmuffin
    10. Led Zeppelin "Physical Grafiti" (remastered edition) - thanks @phaeton70
    This thread has a particularly high noise to signal ratio, but it still can be useful if you are considering a Utopia.

    Warranty info for North America from an extremely reputable dealer @TSAVJason:

    Buy from an authorized Brick & Mortar it’s a 5 year warranty
    Buy from an authorized online only store it’s 2 years warranty
    Buy from a non-authorized store NO WARRANTY
    Warranty applies to the 1st owner and is not transferable to the next owner.
    Non-warranted product can and will be repaired if requested but of course there is a repair cost charged.

    Cases that work with the Utopia:
    Here's an open invitation to any other MOT that wants to come onto this thread and announce a new product that specifically relates to the Utopia. You are welcome with arms wide. The pretty much limits the invitation to cables or other stuff specifically designed for the utopia. Cases that the Utopia will fit in area also welcome.

    Discussion of the product as it relates to the Utopia is also welcome.
    Cables. Running list (in no particular order) of third party cable providers. Most of these folks will make you a custom cable to spec if you contact them.
    Alternate Pads. Alternate pads are highly likely to change the way the headphones sound, and often not for the better
    • Elear pads - Not recommended
    • Clear Pads - Some like these
    • Dekoni Audio - no known reviews
    Last edited: May 14, 2018 at 6:08 PM
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  3. Allanmarcus

    Thanks for the post!
    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?
  4. Vigrith
  5. Allanmarcus
    Guess I missed this thread:

  6. jerg Contributor
    Well these probably deserve a thread in this sub-forum too.
  7. Allanmarcus
    Elear review:
  8. Dexon
    I'll never put half a kilo on my head no matter the sound.
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  9. Music Alchemist
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  10. Allanmarcus
    Might just be me, but I don't have a lot of respect for Gutenberg. He loves everything.
  11. Music Alchemist
    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
  12. coletrain104
    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
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  13. Music Alchemist
    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):

  14. up late
    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.
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  15. coletrain104
    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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