Sigh... IMO Focal only had to do a few things to be very strong to potentially dominating in the $1-1.5k range. 1. Reduce metallic sheen / sound slightly (while it's has never been that bad for me... if a lot of people complain about it, maybe change it). 1b. I would vote to leave this alone, but I'd understand either making it a little more "bright" and "zingy" like the Utopia or more laid back like Audeze. 2. Make a Utopia-like FR but pull back the 5 - 5.5k ish peak. Don't even need to get rid of the peak if you want it as part of the house sound or signature sound or whatever, just pull it back a bit. Or, keep the neutral-ish to slightly warm FR of the current Clear. 3. Include a slightly better stock cable than the stock Clear cable. I can't find the picture of it on my phone... but I've seen the same cable (looked, felt, weighed about the same, etc... so probably the same) used on a ~20EUR desk lamp I saw in a store somewhere in Europe as a power cord - I would imagine Focal would have a little more room for a better cable on a $1500 product. Could probably get away with keeping everything else at about the Clear level because it's still a Clear selling for $1500ish, not a $4k Utopia. Would probably also be able to get away with not fixing the RMA + driver exertion / buzzing / slapping issues and failure issues (although real or exaggerated - I can't imagine this continued perception helps Focal sell headphones). Instead, they do none of these and do other stuff instead. Well, here's to hoping the next Utopia stays mostly the same but with RMA/driver issues resolved, 5.5k peak pulled back slightly, a bigger stage, and a few miscellaneous things like maybe lowering the price slightly or using standard 3.5mm or mini-xlr (think ZMF and Audeze) connectors on the headphone. I'd be all over that.