STOP Please read this post first, before you post! This post is being updated with new information and summaries of various conversations. Some of the conversations, like warranty and price, have been beaten to death. The utopia is $4000 MSRP (significantly less from friendly, authorized dealers); Interesting. Picture from Woo Audio Let's keep this civil, and focused on the Focal Utopia Thanks Elear Impressions thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/811961/focal-elear-impressions-thread Head-fi preview thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/811270/focal-elear-and-utopia-review-preview-with-measurements-head-fi-tv InnerFidelity YouTube review World's Best Headphone: The Focal Utopia (InnerFidelity) Headphone.com review Headphone.Guru review HomeTheaterReview.com review Focal link: http://www.focal.com/headphones/ Music to show off the Utopia recommendations: Fleetwood Mac: Rumors - thanks @Allanmarcus) "Holst--The Planets" (London Philharmonic, Boult 24/96 HD FLAC file) - thanks hometheaterreview.com "Alone" from Don Ellis' album Electric Bath - thanks hometheaterreview.com "Be-Bop-A-Lula" by Gene Vincent from the Rockabilly Rules compilation "Moving Picture" (Rush) - thanks headphone.guru Mahler’s 5th Symphony - thanks headphone.guru Rebecca Pidgeon’s “The Raven” in a high resolution 192kps - thanks headphone.guru Dianna Krall's "Popsicle Toes" - thanks InnerFidelity.com Lorde's "Royals" (from 2:20 - 2:45) - thanks @talkingmuffin 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: Focal Hardshell case: $149 Sentey GS-1401: $6.49 (Discontinued, but sometimes available on eBay) - Fits Slappa Full-Sized HardBod PRO: $20-$25 Verified by @soullinker20 https://www.moon-audio.com/slappa-hardbody-headphones-case.html https://www.amazon.com/Slappa-Full-Sized-HardBody-Headphone-Protection/dp/B009NE7B06 CASEBUDi XXL Sturdy Hard Shell: $35(should fit, needs verification) XXL is quite oversized in all dimensions (@bidn) @buzzlulu says the Large works well Lightning Power - Headphone Pouch (cloth bag): $6.88 MrSpeakers Hard Case: $49 - Fits ====================== 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. Moon Audio Norne Audio WyWires Plussound Audio Double Helix Cables ZMF Headphones Lavri Cables Toxic Cables (UK) Oidio Sound (UK) Artisan Silver Cables (UK) Forza AudioWorks (Poland) Nordost Axios Dana Cables Corse Cables (eBay store) (site) LQI Cables (eBay store) (site) Venus Audio (eBay store) (site) The Source AV (Head-Fi announcement with contact info) Or make your own. see my DIY site for ideas. ======================= 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 ======================= Synopsis of common threads. Please don't start up a discussion in these areas as what's been said is all there is to say. Thanks @LCMusicLover and @PHIL007 for starting this list. Stock cable (yes, it's too long and un-wieldy, and possibly not that great, although opinions vary) Non-transferable warranty (yes, this is a stupid policy, but it is what it is, and Focal ain't gonna change it) Price (yes, they are wildly expensive, and there's no way to tell whether the price is justified by production costs, but it is what it is...). Note, your authorized Focal dealer can provide quite a discount on price. Don't pay $4000. Tyll's (from InnerFidelity) review(s) (We'll never know whether Tyll's first pair was broken, modified or intentionally tuned to Tyll's preferences, or just an out-lier) No transport case. Yes, the cheaper Clear comes with one, and the Utopia doesn't. Sucks. Talk to your dealer and I'll bet you get a great discount on a case if you buy with the Utopia. Extra pads. Doesn't come with extra pads. Sucks. We know.