Focal first introduced the Utopia headphones in 2016, and now, the French brand is releasing a new version that employs a new design along with acoustic enhancements.
The new Focal Utopia headphones include the same features and technologies in the original version, including full-range speaker drivers with pure Beryllium, ‘M’-shaped dome, and a fully open-backed design. Exclusive to Focal, the patented speaker drivers run with zero active or passive correction, from 5Hz to over 50 kHz.
But now, they take the aesthetics of the hifi open back Focal Clear Mg and closed-back Stellia and Celestee headphones with a honeycomb grille on both the outside and inside of the earcups.
In addition to the Black Chrome rings, which are now attached from the inside for a cleaner appearance, they also introduce new design codes that will be used on all future Focal Utopia products. Among these is the “Yin & Yang” featured on the outer case, designed to symbolize a balance between design and technology. There’s also a black and red double grille on the speaker driver’s motor unit.
The new Utopia headphones now have a new voice coil made of upper copper, which Focal says helps improve reliability, and aluminum, which results in a more lightweight design.
Audible, the alloy provides a rejuvenated sound signature that Focal says offers “even greater neutrality, with powerful bass and more mellow treble.” The grilles inside the earcups are now M-shaped, following the curves of the speaker drivers, to give improved linearity and even more precision.
The new yoke is made from forged, recycled carbon that helps make the headphones more lightweight and distributes weight more evenly. The headband is made of genuine leather headband and perforated memory foam earcup are also leather-bound for both comfort and softness.
The Focal Utopia headphones come in faux-leather packaging with a black fabric thermoformed carrying case and two high-fidelity cables in 10- and five-foot lengths for using the headphones at home with an amplifier or on the go with Lemo connectors and a Jack adapter. They will be available this September, selling in Canada for $6,499.