It's safe to say that the high-end loudspeaker industry is fully embracing the panache of a designer-inspired world built on borderline abstract narratives, and nobody embodies that more than Focal.
The French-based audio manufacturer has launched two new high-fidelity loudspeakers, the Grande Utopia EM Evo and Stella Utopia EM Evo, at the 2018 High-End Trade Fair in Munich. The speaker aesthetics and overall look are very reminiscent of the first two speakers, the Maestro and the Scala, that were released earlier last year. In fact, many of the same technologies, including Tuned Mass Damping suspension and Neutral Inductance Circuits will make their way back to the new lineup.
TMD provides a remarkable neutrality alongside a linear frequency response curve between 1kHz and 4kHz and NIC stabilizes the magnetic field to avoid harmonic distortion. The speakers have also been reinforced with new Machined Reinforcement rings around the drivers that are solid aluminum. Focal also notes that the crossover has been redesigned, the components modified and meticulously selected for a more accurate sound quality.
Like the first models in this line, Grande Utopia EM Evo and Stella Utopia EM Evo are available in new finishes inspired by the automotive world, like Metallic Blue, Ash Gray, and British Racing Green. In addition to these colors, the whole line is also available Black Lacquer and Carrara White.
With the new speaker drivers, the crossover principle has been redesigned in a measured and attentive way to improve sound precision. The quality of components, essential for a very high-fidelity rendering, have also been upgraded, with materials being selected from the most high-end suppliers in the world. The bass register is immaculate, with a new acoustic wadding for an extremely restrained, controlled bass.
Grande Utopia EM Evo will retail for $120,000, Stella Utopia EM Evo for $65,000, Maestro Utopia Evo for $32,500 and Scala Utopia Evo for $20,000. They will be available for purchase in September.