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Kool Tools: Focal Evo loudspeakers

Focal ( has previewed the most emblematic high-fidelity loudspeakers of all its Collections: Grande Utopia EM Evo and Stella Utopia EM Evo.

They showcase the brand’s exclusive technologies, particularly in the midrange: the TMD (Tuned Mass Damping) suspension and the NIC (Neutral Inductance Circuit). The structure of the loudspeaker itself has also been strengthened by the new MRR (Machined Reinforcement Rings) system around the speaker drivers. More intimately, the crossover has been redesigned, the components modified and meticulously selected for a more accurate sound quality.

Like the first models in this line (Maestro Utopia Evo and Scala Utopia Evo), Grande Utopia EM Evo and Stella Utopia EM Evo are available in new finishes inspired by the automotive world, like Metallic Blue, Ash Grey and British Racing Green. In addition to these colors, the whole line is also available Black Lacquer and Carrara White.

The TMD suspension provides a linear frequency response curve between 1 and 4kHz, while reducing distortion in this range. It also contributes to the precision of the overall stereo image. 

The structure of the speaker boasts an increased rigidity thanks to the MRR (Machined Reinforcement Rings) system. This is composed of solid aluminum parts machined in the mass, positioned between the front speaker and the speaker driver basket. This sandwich technology is used in the form of rings for the 6″ and 11″ speaker drivers of the Stella Utopia EM Evo, and on the 6″ speaker drivers of the Grande Utopia EM Evo. 

The 13″ (Stella Utopia EM Evo) and 15″ woofers (Grande Utopia EM Evo) also use segments of solid aluminum. The rigidity of the front speaker is also considerably increased in the array area around the speaker drivers, while benefiting from the excellent dampening of the thick 

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.

The 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’ll be available for purchase in September.

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