You can't get them until Wednesday! In my world, killer audio gear is black , and the Utopia is unapologetically, confidently, bad-ass black. Sumptuous black lamb-skin leather covers ample memory foam ear and headband pads. Curvaceous carbon fiber yolks with black-on-black Focal logo attach to the gloss black plastic capsule housing on one end, and slide into the headband through black anodized aluminum headband end fittings.
Black metal mesh and matte black plastic outer capsule covers are accentuated by a black anodized driver rear cover ring emblazoned with "Utopia - Beryllium - Fabrique en France. All-in-all this is a stealth-black sexy build, with terrific materials, and just the right balance of understatement and bling.
Yes, go ahead and open up the black leather with red stitching accent display case and show it off to your buddies, the Utopia is a battle-ready flagship headphone. Great review and about time.
Tyll is right on the money about how sexy and cool black is. Look at these pics of Utopia paired with the black Woo Audio. It will be a nice wall paper to have till my pre-order arrives. That's very kind of you. Will post a pic of the real thing when my set arrives.
Joined Jun 16, Posts Likes I really wanted to order the Focal Utopia, because it looks, in my opinion much cooler than its sibling. However after reading impressions by Tyll, Jude and others There is nowhere near me where I can listen to it I will give the Elear the nod.
This is dB relative to 2. From this, I think changing to any other amp is a waste unless I can sell the AHB2's and rebuy a much cheaper amp that is just as good performance wise. The hiss has to be from the Xilica XD, but it is so low and very hard for me to hear plus I turned the XD off to verify. I also turned the midrange down to dB for one channel, and still the same very very faint hiss is there. I just think my horns are very sensitive. As you noted, and verified from the pic below, raising midrange level on the Xilica after adding some padding seems like a great idea to try.
Plenty of extra headroom on my mid band channels in the Xilica. AnalogSteph said:. Then your levels probably need some work. Dynamic range of these units is given as dB unweighted - that should be good enough for no appreciable hiss. Last edited: Nov 7, Ron Texas Major Contributor Nov 7, Ron Texas said:. Forum Donor. Nov 7, You must log in or register to reply here.
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Both players are shipped in rather big, great looking boxes, so it is almost guarantee that the custom official will take notice on the package and tax you on it. Portability wise, neither players are what considered small these days. Overall, I am quite happy with the build quality of both players.
The placement of USB port and power socket on HM will make more sense if they are closer or at the bottom. Last but not least, a custom made leather case, even as an extra purchase. On a side note, there have been some hardware reversions on both players. There is also the GAME card as a separate purchase and it is designed for earphone. There will probably be a balanced output module in near future as well.
On the early HM, there is some issue with certain transistor and output caps that limits the bass performance, but these issues only limited to very early pre-release testing batch and demo units. These problems have been fixed upon official release Navigation and Format Support User interface UI and navigation are both fairly primitive on both players. Though primitive, navigating around is still relatively smooth and easy, just not particularly fast.
Other IEM, especially low impedance high sensitivity one might still face such issue in low volume. The idea is to make music playing a bit easier when the player is in the pocket. Both players have a little 'pop' sound when turning on, so be careful when you already have headphone plugged when fillping the switch.. AAC is the worst as only. My personal suggestion is to keep all your music ID3tag as simple as possible and without any album art not that HifiMan support album art anyway.
I guess between FLAC and mp3, most people should be covered. If not, that will be something to think about before you decide whether it will worth the effort to rebuild some of your music library.
Between the two players, I had only crashed HM twice on the first few days during months of usage because I was trying to force my PC to play nice with it. It was said that a workaround is to rip the entire album into one file presumably FLAC than use cue sheet for music playback. It will still plays the music as single file, but without ability to skip song. Also, my music collection is mainly based on the good old 16bit Therefore 24bit music is not tested as well.
Battery Life The listed battery life is about correct for both players as I can get around the same useable time. However, given the serious amount of hardware used in both DAP and the capability of their output, it is understandably why the battery life is relatively short. It is also noticeable that both players will heat up just a few degrees in use, but not enough to be a real concern but just so you know in case you even plan on getting either one of them.
I can confirm that external power pack with mini USB 5V output can plug into the HM during use to recharge the battery on the go. On the HM however, the only real option on extra battery life seems to limit to carrying an extra Li-Po battery or the AC adapter.
The current switching power supply is pretty nice, small enough roughly same size as notebook adapter for traveling and much lighter than the old, extremely heavy linear power supply. Sound Quality […as Portable Player] HM is a bit on the warm side, definitely with some coloration on the mid. The overall sound signature reminds me of my old trusty Sansa Fuze. Though not identical sounding, they both share a kind of warmer tone in the music that tends to be more laid back, musical, and relaxing for the listener.
I would describe it as having a certain analog quality in the sound, something that reminisces my old Technic portable CD player that I find more musical and joyful to listen compared to all the Sony variants I had later on that is when Technic was still part of the original Panasonic parent company that responsible for developing higher end PCDP. At the same time, HM also has a more expensive soundstage, overall depth, air and imagine where Fuze tends to feel a little cluster in comparison.
In real listening, HM treble does tend to be hiding a little behind the mid — while treble roll off might be one of the reason, I think the more forward mid plays a bigger role here on overshadowing the treble and gives it a warmer tone. Bass is punchy with good body while well controlled, thanks to the relatively high output of the amp section which I believe is similar to that of HM While doing the frequency sweep on treble I notice the HM has a certain strange but very faint background hiss.
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