Utopia are THE reference high-fidelity headphones manufactured in France by Focal. They are the result of 35 years of innovation, development and manufacturing of high-end speaker drivers and loudspeakers. Equipped with exclusive technology, they offer striking realism, neutrality, dynamics and clarity, for sound with unrivalled purity. Utopia are unique they are the world’s first audiophile headphones to be equipped with totally open-backed full-range speaker drivers with pure Beryllium ’M’-shaped domes. They meet all the requirements expected of high-end headphones due to their sophisticated and elegant design and to purposeful materiality, such as the carbon fibre yoke and true lambskin leather ear cushions.

About Focal Headphones

French loudspeaker titans Focal made a huge splash in the headphone market with the release of their Utopia headphone in 2016, featuring innovations from their speaker lineup like Beryllium drivers.  Focal’s long history of speaker design stared in Saint-Étienne, France in 1979, and has produced a litany of patents for speaker technology.

Focal’s headphone lineup has focused on optimizing the dynamic headphone driver, using their vast knowledge to create radical designs, pushing far beyond the old boundaries.  The result are incredibly resolving headphones with powerful, lifelike snap and energy.  Focal’s headphones are efficient, working well with a variety of amplifiers, and their transparency showcases every component in the system.

Our Take

The Utopia is an exciting new entrant into the realm of ultra high performance headphones. With a uniquely engineered dynamic driver, it offers incredible transparency and detail across the audio spectrum. The Utopia offers a forward, dynamic midrange presentation that instantly connects users to all the subtleties of well-recorded material.  The Utopia is quite efficient, but for the best performance, build a high-end system behind it, particularly with the HeadAmp GS-X MkII, which Focal used in the development of these headphones and gives their highest recommendation.