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Focal Utopia 2020 Headphones

Focal Utopia 2020 Headphones

Final Sale More information
Final sale items are not returnable but they come with a full warranty.
Regular price $3,390
Sale price $3,390 Regular price $4,399.00

Cup style More information
Open-back headphone designs are often higher-performance but have poor noise isolation and leak sound. Closed-back designs provide better noise isolation and leak less sound.


Wearing style More information
Over-ear headphones sit over your ear and surround your ear with a ring of padding. On-ear headphones are padded but rest on top of your ear. In-ear monitors are worn inside your ear canal.


Driver type More information
Speakers and headphones use a device called a 'driver' to create sound. Different types of drivers have different strengths and weaknesses, but can all produce great sound. Common varieties include dynamic, planar magnetic, and electrostatic.


Connectivity More information
Connectivity refers to the method in which the headphones connect to the audio source. Headphones can be either wired or wireless.


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Focal Utopia 2020 Headphones

Regular price $3,390
Sale price $3,390 Regular price $4,399.00

Focal Utopia Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones

Our Take: Long-known for building some of the finest speakers in the world Focal has finally created a headphone, and simultaneously advanced the state of the art. The Utopia is their shot across the bow to all who build high fidelity headphones.

An audio tour de force, Focal has created a sonic masterpiece which does not sacrifice comfort or appearance - a rare achievement. Made in France from the finest materials and with striking industrial design, the Utopia draws the eye first, then delights the ear while displaying astonishing attention to detail from the Beryllium drivers to the supple leather earpads and case.

You will hear with deep resolution as you experience Utopia’s thick, clear, and satisfying sound signature which is noticeably more engaging than other headphones. Pushed ever further by the endlessly wide soundstage it is easy to forget you aren’t listening to a pair of Focal’s speakers.  

To get the most from the Utopia we suggest pairing them with a great Headphone Amplifier and DAC(Digital to Analog Converter). Currently we like to pair the Utopia with the SPL Phonitor X amp with the DAC192 converter installed.

Focal Utopia Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones with Beryllium Drivers

First Fully Open Speaker-Like Headphones

Utopia is the only full range fully open back loudspeaker design built headphones in world. The acoustic quality of the pure Beryllium formed "M" shape dome achieves an outstanding frequency response from 5Hz to 50kHz! When listening these headphones disappear revealing your music’s precision, realism, dynamics, and clarity. Comfort and durability define the headphones aesthetic.

Removing the conventional yoke in favor of integration into the headband creates great design and comfort. The pittards leather, used in Utopia’s cushions, reinforces classical and elegant lines. Epic sound, great design, and comfort live together in France.

Focal Utopia Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones with Beryllium Drivers

Utopia Headphones: Designed In France

The Utopia is the result of more than 35 years of innovation, development, and manufacturing of speakers and loudspeakers in France. As a world first, Utopia features the only full range and fully open back loudspeaker built within a pair of headphones, using pure Beryllium formed in the brand new "M" shape dome.

The acoustic quality of this exclusive solution allowed Focal to avoid the use of any crossover or passive filtering process to achieve a frequency response from 5Hz to 50kHz!

The listening experience is outstanding in terms of realism, natural sound reproduction, dynamics, and clarity. When listening to the Utopia, the headphones virtually disappear and the audio signal is revealed with a level of precision never achieved until Utopia.

Design is also a key point, be it in regards to the way of using the headphones, comfort, as well as the aesthetic. Another achievement with Utopia is the removal from the conventional rotation included on the yoke and its integration into the headband to ensure a total purity of the design.

The Pittards leather, used on the cushions, reinforces the character of classically elegant lines, as well as the expression of comfort and overall performances.

Beryllium "M" Shape Dome

For a tweeter the deciding factor is the MASS of the dome. The lighter the dome, the better the acceleration of the dome. Resolution is directly proportional to acceleration, rigidity and damping!

Why Beryllium?

  • Beryllium is 13 times more rigid in flexure than Aluminum
  • Sound velocity in Beryllium is 2,5 times faster than Aluminum
  • Very good thermal conductivity
  • Very hard: scratch the glass
  • 7 times more rigid than Titanium or Aluminum at the same mass
  • Extended Frequency response up to 40 kHz
  • Undoubtedly the best stiffness to weight ratio
  • High internal damping

What's In The Box?

Focal Utopia Box Contents
  • Focal Utopia Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones
  • Rigid carrying case with magnet locking system
  • 13.1ft (4m) OFC cable (1 x Neutrik® 01/4“ (6,35mm) stereo Jack Neutrik® 2 x shielded 03⁄8“ (9.5mm) Lemo® connectors with self-locking bayonet system)
  • 5-Year Warranty


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Title Description
Sensitivity More information
Headphone sensitivity measures how loud a pair of headphones will be at a given signal strength. Headphones with higher sensitivity ratings will produce louder sounds than headphones with lower sensitivity ratings. It is measured in dB SPL (decibels of sound pressure level) per unit of power (typically 1 milliWatt) or sometimes unit of voltage (typically 1 Volt) from the source at a frequency of 1 kHz.
104dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) More information
When driving headphones at high volumes, it is possible for the diaphragm (the ‘speaker’ inside the headphones) to be unable to move fast enough. This leads to distortion, manifesting itself as crackling, popping or the alteration of musical notes. Most headphones will fall below 1% THD.
<0,2% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL
Frequency Response More information
Headphone frequency response refers to the frequency-specific sensitivity of the output. Frequency responses show the range that headphones are capable of reproducing—a graph shows which frequencies are accentuated over others. The ideal range covers the audible sound range of 20 Hz – 20 kHz.
5Hz - 50kHz
Driver Type Full-range speaker drivers
Driver Materials & Size (40mm) pure Beryllium 'M' shape dome
Headphone Weight 490 grams
Warranty More information
Warranty differs from manufacturer to manufacturer. Warranty covers factory defects but most manufacturers do not cover drops, water damage, driver damage, mistreatment of the product, etc.. It is always best to look at the manufacturer's website for the most up to date warranty information.
3 years manufacturer's warranty

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What's In The Box?

  • Focal Utopia Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones
  • Focal Hard-Shell carrying case
  • 2 x Cables
    1 x 4ft OFC 24 AWG cable with 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS Jack connector
    1 x 10ft OFC 24 AWG cable with 4-pin XLR connector
    1 x Jack adapter, 1/8" (3.5mm) female – 1/4" (6.35mm) male
  • 5-Year Warranty

What is the Focal Utopia warranty?

The Focal Utopia comes with 5 years of manufacturer warranty.

Do the Focal Utopia require a headphone amplifier?

Yes the Focal Utopia require a headphone amplifier. You would be doing yourself and the Utopia a huge disservice by not providing them with proper amplification. If you're looking for something on the warmer side, the Forge Tube amplifier is a great option. If you would like to maintain transparency, the SPL Phonitor XE headphone amplifier is what we would recommend.

What is the 2020 edition Focal Utopia?

Focal went through the process of updating their entire line-up so that that customers would know exactly what they would get in the box when they open a Focal product. Sonically, there were no changes made to the Utopia however the 2020 edition now includes 2 cables with one of them being a 4-Pin XLR balanced cable as well as Focal's hard-shell carrying case