Focal Mini Utopia Floorstanding Speakers

4.86/5 (28 Reviews) MSRP : $6500.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Peter Ulrich a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2012

Bottom Line:   
Lightning fast, superb transparency, dynamcis, soundstage, easy to drive, high sensitivity. Looks great especially with matching stands which you have to bite the bullet and purchase despite the high price as they provide an exact match and height relative to listening position is absolutely critical with these speakers. Capable of very high volumes without distortion and sound superb with any type of music. Used with Lavardin IT and Nordost Valkyrja cables in my system. I completely agree with another reviewers comment here that these are really hard to macth with a sub (even the known great ones) due to their speed. I have an REL B1 which has worked great with every other monitor I have tried them with but not with the Mini's. The REL obviously could not keep up with the Minis and everything sounded more sluggish with the sub in the system. The good news is that you don't really need a sub with these in a reasonable size room with proper placement. An oustanding product from a solid company that makes theirs own drivers.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by nsinclairb a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Having had the minis for just over a year, I have had great problems to get them to reproduce the superb sound stage that my Quad 57s used to give me. Maybe my room is a little too large for the speakers or maybe my speaker cables are too short. Having said that, the sound from them is great and once I had resigned myself I thoroughly enjoy the fidelity that these speakers give throughout the range of music that I play - anything except hip hop, garage, house, punk or Max Bygraves.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $35000.00

Purchased At:   EBAY



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Norman Sinclair-Baines a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I only picked up these 2nd hand speakers today. I have had a pair of Quad 57s for 17 years and a good friend has a pair of Mezzos so I thought I would try a pair of JM labs for myself.
Not having the same budget as his I found my new speakers through ebay and wired them into my Audio Analogue Bellini/Donizetti amp system with Linn LP12/Ittok/MCR Spectral and Sugden CD player. I won't go into detail about the cables.
I haven't yet got the positioning right but I can tell that the Minis are faster and a little brighter than the Quads. The bass is a little fuller as well.
I am sure we are going to get on fine and will update this once I have got the soundstage right

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   from EBAY U.K (paid



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SL Wang a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Outstanding speakers.very good in mid and high. Bass is good enough for me. Don't want to turn off the system once you turn on.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $4800.00

Purchased At:   Taipei



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Joe France a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2003

Bottom Line:   
While auditioning the Rogue Tempest against the VTL I-85, I got a chance to hear the Mini Utopias. From the very start, and in a situation where they were not placed in anything close to optimal configuration, these speakers sounded absolutely magical. I was looking over the VTL's grill and tubes, but had to turn and look with amazement at what was coming out of these very beautiful speakers. The sound was elegant, but not laid back, it was smooth, but not bland, bursts of energy when called for were attention grabbing. These, big little guys have incredible personality. They are not small monitors, nor are they inexpensive, but they do an awe inspiring job on everything monitors are supposed to do best. They make the great Dynaudio Contours sound a little dry and etched. Most other monitors don't have the full rich base sound of the MiniUtops.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003




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