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Focal Utopia 2022

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Under constant renewal, the French brand, with a unique savoir-faire in acoustics, has given its iconic product a new design while adding acoustic enhancements including a new voice coil and 'M’-shaped grilles inside the earcups. All the exclusive, high-end technologies that make the Utopia headphones so successful are still to be found in this new edition, continuing to bring sensational listening experiences to your home with even more sophistication and elegance.

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"So many elements combine to fiercely embody Utopia: a perfect balance between technology and design!"

Our Take

Utopia 2022 will take your breath away; their full-range, Beryllium, 'M’-shaped speaker drivers are fully open-backed and run with no passive or active correction, from 5 Hz to over 50 kHz! The listening experience they deliver is strikingly real, precise, and dynamic, with a wide and deep soundstage: close your eyes and feel the musicians beside you. Combining comfort and aesthetics, Utopia delivers uncompromising design and conception. The forged, recycled carbon yokes are modern and sophisticated in style whilst providing more lightness. The honeycomb grille and Black Chrome ring showcase subtle design details, like the Yin & Yang on the outer case, the black and red double grille on the speaker driver, and more. The Utopia is quite efficient, but for the best performance, build a high-end system behind it, particularly with the HeadAmp GS-X Mk2, which Focal even used in the development of these headphones and gives their highest recommendation.

A New Look & Reworked Design

The design of the new Utopia is a combination of moderation and distinction. Taking the aesthetics of Focal's latest hi-fi open-back (Clear Mg) and closed-back (Stellia and Celestee) headphones, the honeycomb grille on both the outside and inside of the earcups gives a unique and remarkable look. In addition to its Black Chrome rings – now attached from the inside for a cleaner appearance – these headphones introduce new design codes, which will also be used on Focal's future Utopia products. Among them, the "Yin & Yang" featured on the outer case symbolizes the perfect balance between design and technology embodied by these high-end French headphones and the black and red double grille on the speaker drivers' motor unit.

Focal's Best Technologies

Continuing to strive for excellence in their creations and beginning a new chapter in the history of these iconic headphones, Focal's engineers opted for a new voice coil made of copper – to improve reliability – and aluminum – to make it more lightweight. This alloy provides a rejuvenated sound signature that lends even greater neutrality, with powerful bass and more mellow treble. What's more, the grilles inside the earcups are now M-shaped, following the curves of the speaker drivers to give improved linearity and even more precision. In addition to these innovations, the new Utopia headphones still include everything that made the first editions such a success, such as full-range speaker drivers with pure Beryllium, 'M’-shaped dome, and being fully open-backed for strikingly real listening full of neutrality, dynamics, and transparency. Exclusive to Focal, the patented speaker drivers run with zero active or passive correction, from 5Hz to over 50 kHz. The headphones seem to totally disappear, leaving audio signal reproduction that is unrivaled in its purity.

Dedicated to Sound and Comfort

Utopia is made from premium, sophisticated materials. The new yoke, made from forged, recycled carbon, is an elegant touch whilst making the headphones more lightweight and distributing their weight more evenly. The genuine leather headband and perforated memory foam earcups— also leather-bound — provide unparalleled comfort and softness. And finally, exceptional headphones merit top-of-the-range accessories: Utopia comes in faux-leather packaging with a black fabric thermoformed carrying case and two high-fidelity cables (10ft and 5ft / 3m and 1.5m) for using the headphones at home with an amplifier or on the go with Lemo® connectors and a Jack adapter.

What's In the Box

• Focal Utopia 2022 Headphone

• Carrying Case - 9.8"x9.4"x4.7"

• 1 x 5ft cable (1.5m) with 1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) asymmetric TRS Jack connector

• 1 x 10ft cable (3m) with 1 x symmetrical 4-point XLR connector,

• 1 x Jack adapter, 1/8" (3.5mm) point socket – 1/4" (6.35mm) point plug

• Product Manual


Driver: 19/16" (40mm) pure beryllium 'M'-shaped dome

Driver Type: Circum-aural, open-back headphones

THD: <0.2 % @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL

Impedance: 80 ohms

Frequency Response: 5Hz – 50kHz

Headband: Genuine leather headband with forged, recycled carbon yokes

Ear Pads: Perforated lambskin memory foam

Weight: 490g

M-Shaped Dome




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