Focal expands flagship Utopia III Evo speaker range

French speaker brand Focal has introduced two new models to its flagship Utopia III Evo floorstanding speaker line launched last year.

Announced at the Munich High End Show 2018, the Grande Utopia Em Evo and Stella Utopia Em Evo feature the same technology as the existing models in the range.

Both adopt the 'W' cones, Beryllium tweeter and electro-magnet woofer, but they also advance the design with the latest Focal developments.

One of those is its MRR (Machined Reinforcement Rings) system, essentially aluminium rings positioned between the front of the driver and the driver basket behind. Focal claims this arrangement improves rigidity.

Focal says the TMD (Tuned Mass Damping) suspension of its midrange drivers – two tubular rings on the surround that help control its dynamic behaviour – reduces distortion and greatly improves the phase performance.

Its NIC (Neutral Inductance Circuit) technology hones a Focal-made ‘faraday’ ring to help stabilise the magnetic field, making it less susceptible to changes in the driver’s make-up and the current going through it.

And, finally, the crossover has also been redesigned with upgraded components.

The Stella Utopia EM Evo is a more compact version of its sibling.

The Stella Utopia EM Evo is a more compact version of its sibling.

The Grande Utopia Em Evo has a four-way design with a 27cm ‘W’ mid/bass driver with a multiferrite magnet, beneath which sit two 16.5cm ‘W’ ‘Power Flower’ midrange drivers, a Beryllium inverted dome tweeter and 40cm 'W' electro-magnet woofer.

Meanwhile, the Stella Utopia EM Evo is more compact and features a three-way design. It forgoes its sibling’s ‘W’ mid/bass driver, and has a slightly smaller 33cm electro-magnet woofer.

The cabinet is fully lacquered, with the front and sides in a single colour and details in black. There’s a choice of three finishes inspired by the automotive world – metallic blue, ash grey and British Racing green – as well as black and white options.

The Grande Utopia EM Evo and Stella Utopia EM Evo sit above the Maestro Utopia Evo ($32,500) and Scala Utopia Evo ($20,000) in the range. They will be available from September, priced $120,000 and $65,000 respectively.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10+ years in the hi-fi industry, she has reviewed all manner of audio gear, from budget amplifiers to high-end speakers, and particularly specialises in headphones and head-fi devices. In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.