The old adage “You get what you pay for” holds true with Focal’s Utopia headphones. At $4,000, they’re priced above other premium headphones by Bowers & Wilkins, Grado and Sennheiser — but they also blow most of the competition away.
The Utopia’s open-back design creates an unparalleled soundstage. But these headphones are also the first to feature 40mm beryllium dome drivers, which are similar to what’s found in this traditional loudspeaker manufacturer’s $220,000 Grand2 Utopia EM loudspeakers. Of course, at 80 Ohms, you’ll want a quality DAC to experience the Utopia set in full, but that won’t be a problem for tried-and-true audiophiles with deep pockets.
Impedance: 80 Ohms
Sensitivity: 104dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz
Frequency Response: 5Hz–50kHz
THD: less than 0; 2 percent at 1kHz / 100dB SPL
Drivers: 40mm beryllium M-shaped dome drivers
Ear Cups: true lambskin leather and memory-foam ear cushions
Jack: 6.35mm Neutrik stereo jack
Weight: 490 grams