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Focal Utopia General 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. isquirrel

    Firstly, thank you for your kind sentiments, I am sure the rest of the team will appreciate any positive comments on the work we do. We do it for love, so its nice to receive good feedback.
     
    I am doing a few major reviews:
     
    I am doing a standalone review of Peter's new flagship cable the Prion4S and will be comparing that to stock cables for a number of flagship Headphones. I will also be comparing it some other TOTL cables as well as his previous Flagship the Silver Spore4. That should cover all bases. I will say that his ability to offer adapters for most Headphones is a great concept and lessons the pain of the initial outlay for the cable, knowing that you can use the same cables with a variety of Headphones.
     
    It is always useful to know how any aftermarket compare with the Stock offering, as we have seen with Audeze and JPS Labs the quality of their stock cables test a high bar to begin with.
     
    I hope to have the reviews out in a couple of months. I have just received the updated LCD-4 200 ohm today and once it has some time on it I will be comparing to the original 100 ohm version. Fortunately my original pair are still in good working order.
     
    I am told to expect big things from the Utopia's and I suspect this is just the start of seeing major loudspeaker manufacturers enter the Headphone market. 
     
  2. inthere
     
    BAM! Thanks!!
     
  3. Icenine2
    I have a question about the cost of the Focal and Sony's availabel through dealers in relation to Audeze's which are pretty much sold direct with the LCD4's.  I would think that that the Aud's would be much more expensive if sold through a dealer network.  And does that mean we will see discounts on the Focal and Sony's eventually?
     
  4. TSAVJason
    Dealers authorized to sell Audeze are the same price as Audeze. There should be no difference between them. With Focal, Sony & MrSpeakers it should be the same way. There are dealers that risk remaining authorized dealers for discounting but if it's great product, fewer dealers take that risk.
     
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  5. STR-1
    Hi isquirrel. I look forward to reading your cable reviews. I don't suppose the DHC Silver Complement will be among the cables you are going to review. This is the one I am thinking of going for to use with my HE1000 and Chord Dave, and with the Utopia, which I fully expect add to my headphone collection very shortly. I have the Silver Dragon, which at times is great with the HE1000 but at other times delivers with just a little too much energy. I'm hoping to learn that the Silver Spore offers only a minimal improvement over the Complement, and the Prion only a minimal improvement over the Silver Spore. Otherwise I might have to spend far more money than I had been planning to. Cheers
     
  6. GryphonGuy
    I hope that you have an unfortunate way of expressing your point because from your words it sounds like price fixing may be in place in the Audeze supply chain in the USA.
     
  7. TSAVJason
    It's called UMAP or UPP. These are totally legal programs that manufacturers can implement. With that said in certain states it cannot be enforced if you are inside a store front. Look up BOSE v FTC
     
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  8. jibzilla
    From what Tmoney has told me recently I think I'm going to purchase the Utopia's...but a black Friday deal would be sweet. It happened to me with the Lcd-4 last year I just did not have the $3k then...
     
  9. Whazzzup

    C4 is a fine cable, have it for my hd800S. Use dhc exclusively for all cables and interconnects. Have chaparone 3 xlr and RCA interconnects coming for my new amp.
     
  10. Soundizer
    Is the Elear the best overall headphone for under 1000 Dollars?
     
  11. Allanmarcus

    By costing $999 the Elear is the closest headphone to $1000. Best is relative and totally dependent on what you like.
     
    In other words, there is no "best". Anyone telling you there is full of ****.
     
  12. Svatopluk
    Well said!
     
  13. Soundizer

    Here is an Application Scenario:

    What if you like a wide variety of Music Genre and use them for Music / Movies and Gaming. And if you only want one headphone.

    Would the Elear be a good contender for the above Application Scenario. I guess one could purchase 3 different headphones to address specific application usage, but in this Scenario they just want 1 single headphone.
     
  14. TSAVJason
    What is an impression? Isn't it a persons expression of their individual experience? It may be different from your impression. So why be so harsh just because you don't agree?
     
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  15. smodtactical
    I think that when somebody refers to a headphone as being the best, they are talking about their own opinion. The headphone is the best to them. I don't see how that is bs.
     
    Soundizer likes this.
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