The Mighty Utopia: Focal Utopia Revisted

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  1. crenca

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    I agree, the Utopia headstage is close and intimate. That said the separation and precision positioning make the most of what it is - if you have the source/amp to make it all happen.

    I would say it is analogous to a small and intimate club setting and not a closet/hallway. It has none of the diffuseness of ZMF's and Senn 800's that by design (i.e. cup, driver, and pads) are trying to create a HS that is always in the end IMO artificial and comes with its own problems.

    Particularly with well recorded classical, I find the Utopia's headstage to be goldilocks - present, precise, and non-diffuse or "boosted". For me some (but not all) modern pop and electronica benefit from the boosted stage of ZMFs...
     
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    ^ Liked the post above, despite not being in agreement about Utopia soundstage being an intimate club setting. yet the music genre references lay a good foundation for reference and explains some of the spatial perception.
    it should be noted- i never listen to classical (unless it's indian sitar, or modified cello) and the psych rock, or noise or improv in my collection does benefit from the "boosted stage" of ZMF, Blackwood Auteur in my case.
    cheers!
     

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