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The Grande Utopias are not only loudspeakers that have had a great impact on their generation. It's also the most accomplished concept of "The Spirit of Sound", the ultimate reference. After the W cones and the pure Beryllium tweeter of the previous models that had marked a technological advance, the Grande Utopia EM adopts an Electro-Magnet woofer (EM) with a force that cannot be compared to classical technologies. Superlative performance, unique style: the Grande Utopia EM is not only a technological monument, it's above all an acoustic sculpture.
The Grande Utopia EM is considered as one of the best loudspeakers in the world.
The force of a driver is its magnet and the magnetic energy transmitted. A subject Focal knows well for having invented original and technically advanced solutions such as the Multiferrite magnetthat was and still is one of the technological signatures of the Focal speakers brand.
But the permanent magnet is limited in power and in the framework of a reference woofer, it's a real problem. Because a woofer should at least combine two essential performances: high efficiency and ability to go down in the low frequencies.
The inverted dome tweeter of the Grande Utopia Be had already demonstrated the superiority of pure Beryllium in the high frequencies thanks to its mechanical qualities.
Two and a half times lighter than titanium, but 7 times more rigid with the same mass (Beryllium is the only metal able to scratch glass), this material combines all the qualities to offer high efficiency and a bandwidth very extended in the high frequencies.
The W composite sandwich technology is one of Focal's most famous inventions, an innovation that's still at the top, because its progress has never stopped...
Another key innovation linked to the 1995 Grande Utopia, the Optimum Phase Crossover (OPC) arises from a very simple thought: a crossover is acoustically perfect, in phase as in amplitude, when it only filters (but in no way corrects a transducer fault) which means that the drivers must have a linear and extended bandwidth far beyond the filtering frequency not to interfere.
The very structured shape of the Grande Utopia EM immediately evokes a kind of spine. Stylistic effect? No because the design axis chosen for Utopia 3 brushes aside anything superfluous. Function justifies shape and if the Grande Utopia EM evokes a spine, it's because it's articulated. True Utopia DNA since the beginning, theFocus Time consists in placing the drivers in an arc shape to orientate them towards the listening point.
This time, the Grande Utopia EM offers a mechanical adjustment to optimize the 'Sweet Spot', perfect listening point.
|Type||4-way, floorstanding bass-reflex loudspeaker|
|Drivers||Electro-Magnetic 16" (40cm) woofer
Multiferrite 11" (27cm) midbass
2 Power Flower 61/2" (16.5cm) midrange drivers
IAL2 pure Beryllium inverted dome 1" (27mm) tweeter
|Frequency response (+/- 3dB)||18Hz - 40kHz|
|Response at - 6dB||14Hz|
|Sensitivity (2.83V / 1m)||94dB|
|Nominal impedance||8 ë©|
|Minimal impedance||3 ë©|
|Filtering frequencies||80Hz / 220Hz / 2200Hz|
|Recommended amp power||50 - 1500W|
|Dimensions (H x L x D)||2012 x 654 x 880mm|