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Focal - Open back headphones - Utopia

Valid promotion against the exchange of any functional headset, this one will be given to a charity work.

Promotion from 1st to 30th September 2017.

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Very upscale open design headphones and manufactured in France.

Utopia headphones are Focal’s flagship product. The sound quality is striking in terms of realism, neutrality, dynamics and clarity. The user will forget the headphones are even there, and the reproduction of the audio signal is of unrivalled clarity. Particular attention has also been paid to the design in terms of types of use, comfort and overall aesthetics. The shifting of the articulation to the inside of the headband is the perfect example of  this and gives the carbon fibre yoke a perfectly smooth and seamless design. The Pittards leather used for the ear cushions and headband emphasises the sleek design, the high performance and the comfort of Utopia, and creates a sense of elegance.

Special: CA$3,999.00

Reg.: CA$4,999.00


The new "M"-shaped dome

Tending towards a plane wave with an ultra-near-field loudspeaker

One of the reasons why headphones sound different to speakers is due to the shape of the sound wave. Whether it’s an inverted dome or a positive dome, a listening distance of an inch requires that the shape of the dome is completely redesigned to achieve a plane wave in ultra-nearfield listening. In order to achieve this, Focal innovated once again by designing a cone with a new ‘M’-shaped dome. Utopia, of course, is equipped with the famous pure Beryllium dome in order to offer an unrivalled mass rigidity damping ratio. Elear, on the other hand, has a dome made of an aluminium/ magnesium alloy just like Aria speakers.

A new monolayer voice coil

A monolayer voice coil without former

As part of the project, Focal has designed the very first voice coil without former that also features a monolayer coating to make it even lighter. The result is a voice coil measuring 25mm in diameter by 4.4mm in height which is actually lighter than voice coils measuring 15mm x 1.5mm used in other high-end headphones on the market. The goal is to have excellent mechanical coupling to the dome considering its diameter and to ensure the voice coil is always controlled by the magnet’s magnetic field regardless of the excursion of the moving part.


Tending towards invisibility

The surround is clearly a key component of the moving part. When it comes to the physical demands expected of Utopia and Elear headphones, the surround needs to offer an optimized compliance and have high Xmax, to ensure they are as lightweight as possible. Once again, Focal has proved its expertise with another world premiere: the thinnest suspension ever created, with a thickness of 80 microns! This challenge required months of work to conciliate very low mass, maximum excursion and the linearity of the moving assembly, all while ensuring perfectly balanced sound regardless of the volume.


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