Focal Utopia Review (collective stream of consciousness)

Discussion in 'Headphones' started by Marvey, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. Darren G

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    Agree with this. It's not entirely unpleasant, and I'm not sure what the right word is. Metallic, but that's not it either. I want to use the word "Electronica" (is that a word?), a same-ness as you wrote. Then again all the HPs I have, have a sound, so I don't want to imply they are crap, because they do a lot really well.
     

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    So the Utopia's are sounding 'better' to me, but I attribute this to brain adjustment. Switching HPs (or any gear), the pluses and minuses are brought into focus.

    The more time I spend listening to the Utopia's, the more my brain accepts their tonal character as 'right'. That written, definite kudos for the level of detail, instrument separation, and energy level (even at low volume) that I enjoy at a live performance.
     
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    Been listening to the Utopias for 5 days now, and reading up on this thread from the start. I appreciate all of the thoughtful posts. Even after long listening periods the mids feel forward and very warm, even gooey compared to the HE-1000 V2, SL-500 or GH1. The Utopia seems to show more detail in the mids but less detail in the treble, though they're certainly not dark. Not really what I was expecting after reading impressions from others. Maybe my brain is still burning in?

    Using an iMac -> Yggdrasil -> AudioQuest Red River -> MHA150 for comparisons.
     
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    Haven't heard from Darren G. in more than 12 hours. I'm worried

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    Doesn't sound like the Utopia - the mids are nicely robust but shouldn't be "very warm" or "gooey".
    Wonder if it's not liking the MHA150 for some reason? Which output setting (ohms) are you using for the headphones?
    I've only briefly compared the Utopia and HE1000 v2 (15-20min) the latter had a bit of extra sparkle up top, which sounded a bit bright to me, but didn't sound nearly as precise, clear or fast as the Utopia. System was unfamiliar though.
     
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    I've been using the 40-150 ohm setting on the MHA150, and have also used the utopias with a Vali 2 and Magni 2, all sourced from the Yggdrasil. Very similar results. Starting to wonder if maybe I got an oddly tuned set of drivers.
     
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    If you like the sound and it makes you happy then that's all that matters.
     
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    Channeling @HitmanFluffy: You are doing an immense disservice to your Utopias.
     
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    I agree and defending this HP because it costs a lot is lame.

    It does a lot well and I'm keeping the Utopia, because of the laser focus microscope abilities. It is too focused on the treble though and that is not how real music sounds.
     
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    Because they're on the table?

    It's never happened again :) Was solely for that photo. I liked it better that way for some reason. The HD800s were out the door like the next day. So I suppose I wanted to give them one final moment on the stand.

    I personally still absolutely love them. Don't need to mod the sound sig.
     
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    I think he's referring to the decorative set pieces by Woo.
     
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    Oh duh... Sorrying currently recovering from a migraine... Not firing on all circuits.

    WA7s are also gone (sold them a little after). I have a Yggy/Raggy for now and an Aficionado ordered that should arrive early next year. I agree the WA7s weren't worthy. I'm super excited for Aficionado though. Going to back to tubes will be fun.
     
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    well... the Utopia sounds absolutely wonderful off an Eitr -> Gungnir Multibit -> Mjolnir 2. There's crystal clarity and warmth.
     

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