FocalGrand Utopia EM Loudspeakers

$169,000 Was $295,000

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FocalGrand Utopia EM Loudspeakers

$169,000 Was $295,000

Standing more than two meters high and weighing in a some 260 kgs per speaker, the Grand Utopia EM is considered as ultimate reference of the Focal brand. This iconic and technological powerhouse is really in a class of it’s own as a bench mark high-fidelity loudspeaker.

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At Len Wallis Audio, whether you’re purchasing in store, over the phone or online through our ecommerce store, we want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.

Our Refund, Return and Repairs Policy is here to clarify any concerns or questions you might have prior to you making a purchase from us. This way you can be sure of our policy on refunds, returns and repairs and your rights under the Australian Consumer Law.

We also recommend you immediately inspect any goods that you receive from us to ensure you are completely satisfied with the goods, including that the goods are of acceptable quality, and match the description we have provided to you.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us at sales@lenwalluisaudio.com.au or 02 9427 6755

We require a receipt or proof of purchase.

  • Please do not send your purchase back to the original manufacturer.
  • There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted (if applicable). For example:
    • Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error
    • Any item that is returned for reason of change of mind more than 14 days after delivery or purchase from the store.

Consumer Guarantees and Your Rights under the Australian Consumer Law

Refer to our page for more information.

Goods Damaged in Transit.

If any goods arrive damaged, please contact us as soon as possible. Len Wallis Audio will arrange to have the damaged goods returned and either arrange for a replacement of the goods or refund the price to you. Damaged goods must be returned in the condition received by you with all original packaging, accessories and/or manuals.

Refunds

Refunds will be normally be processed within five (5) days.

Delivery Charges

Where Len Wallis Audio considers the goods to have breached a consumer guarantee, any shipping costs to return the goods to Len Wallis Audio will be at our cost.

Returns and Repairs.

You may visit Len Wallis Audio and a staff member will assist you with any return or repair. This may include inspecting the goods, arranging for the goods to be repaired, or providing you with a replacement.

Goods must be returned within a reasonable time. 

If any goods cannot be easily returned to us due to their size, the fault or because they have been affixed or installed in your premises, please contact us and we will arrange an inspection to assess the goods.

Goods returned for repair will be assessed and/or repaired within a reasonable time. You may be provided with an indicative repair time, which time may vary due to reasons beyond ours or the repairer’s reasonable control, such as part availability and incorrect fault description.

You may be required to pay labour, assessment and/or freight fees, such as where goods are assessed to have been damaged by misuse or accident, or where your rights under the Australian Consumer Law or any manufacturer’s warranty do not apply. We may provide you with an indicative fee, which may vary due to reasons beyond our control.

If any goods that you return are capable of retaining user generated data such as files stored on a hard drive, and songs stored on a portable media player, the replacement or repair of the goods may result in loss of the data. In these circumstances, we recommend you back up data to prevent data loss, and remove sensitive or confidential data, as a party assessing and/or repairing your goods may be required to view data in the course of carrying out the assessment. We will not be responsible for any data loss.

In some circumstances, goods presented for repair may be replaced by refurbished goods of the same type rather than being repaired. Refurbished parts may be used to repair the goods.

Contact Us

Where you have any questions or concerns relating to your Order, please immediately contact us

We understand that sometimes you may simply change your mind about a purchase or have made a wrong selection. In these situations, you have 14 days in which to return your item for a refund, exchange or store credit. If more than 14 days has passed since your purchase we can’t offer you a refund, exchange or store credit.

To be eligible for a return, refund or store credit your item must be in the same condition that you received it. Which is to say, it must be in the original unopened packaging, and in ‘brand new’ saleable condition.

Please note that current Australian Consumer Law does not require us to offer a ‘Change of Mind’ refund. Rather Len Wallis Audio offers 14 day ‘Change of Mind Policy’ in good faith. For more information on consumer rights and guarantees, please visit the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission web site.

**SPECIAL REDUCED PRICE – THIS IS THE LAST PAIR OF GRAND UTOPIA EM SPEAKERS IN AUSTRALIA**

Arguably the best standing acoustic loudspeaker in the world

The Grande Utopia EM is the most advanced concept and the ultimate reference of the Focal brand. Weighing in at 260kg and standing more than two (2) meters high,  the Grande Utopia could never be mistaken for for anything else.

Remarkable technologies abound for an absolutely outstanding high-fidelity loudspeaker that simply has no peer. If you want the best, this is the one you want.

Designed to be the most accomplished representation of Focal’s philosophy of “The Spirit of Sound”, the Grand Utopia EM is the ultimate reference.  After adapting the previous significant advances that Focal made with W cones and the pure Beryllium tweeter, the Grande Utopia EM adopts an Electro-Magnet woofer (EM) with a force that cannot be compared to classical technologies. With performance to exceed any expectation, a unique style that has become a design icon – the Grande Utopia EM stands a modern day technological monument of our times and a true acoustic sculpture that others can only aspire to copy.

Take a deep drive into some of the remarkable technology of the Focal Grand Utopia EM…

Focal Electro-Magnet – high end technologies for high end speakers

To go down in frequencies, you can adjust the surround and the spider flexibility, but in turn you must increase the cone weight. If we increase the cone weight, the efficiency drops. And to compensate this drop, an increase the magnet power is required. That’s where the limits of the permanent magnet step in, forcing a compromise between efficiency and resonance frequency.

To overcome this Focal reconsidering the very existence of the permanent magnet and adopted an Electro-Magnet for 16” (40cm) woofer. The Focal EM Electro-Magnet is made of a 15.4lb (7kg) copper coil. The motor including the coil weighs 48.5lb (22kg). The 16” reaches a total weight 24kg. This is an absolute monster in the literal meaning of the word, where manufacturing costs cannot be compared to a standard magnet and are only viable on exceptionally high-end hifi loudspeakers where not cost compromise needs to be made.

 Beryllium inverted dome tweeter 

Due to its incredible rigidity, Beryllium represents the ultimate material for a tweeter dome. Focal, after two years of research and development, produced a world first: a pure Beryllium inverted dome, able to cover more than five octaves (1000Hz – 40kHz). You may ask yourself why did Focal strive for an extended response at 40kHz, if the human ear can only hear up to 20kHz? If you can extend frequency response, you will improve the perception of transients and other micro details. As well, the linearity of the speaker’s response curve is mainly a function of three opposite parameters: lightness, rigidity and damping.

To this day, only one material permits a joining of these parameters: Beryllium. For domes with identical masses, Beryllium is seven times more rigid than Titanium or Aluminum, the latter two well known for their rigidity. This results in a sound wave propagation three times faster than Titanium and two and a half times faster than Aluminum. In the end, the linearity of the frequency response curve, the acoustic transparency and the impulse response of the Beryllium tweeter are maximized and offer near-perfect sound.

What was impossible before becomes a challenge taken up each time by Utopia.

The W cone was born at the same time as the Focal Grande Utopia of 1995. At the time, the goal was to get closer to the theoretical ideals that consisted in getting simultaneously 3 essential qualities: create a material that is both ultra-light and more rigid than any other that benefits from high internal damping to avoid any sound coloration. The W sandwich was the perfect answer, but its incredibly complex creation confined it to the laboratory, exclusively restricted to the Grande Utopia. Since then, we never stopped progressing thanks to our R&D department and our cone manufacturing workshop proximity and the W today equips numerous Focal loudspeakers.

Seven years later, the W knows a patented major evolution. Combining glass coats of different densities and in different layers (from 1 up to 3 on the front and back sides of the cone), but also internal foams of different thickness, we are learning how to sculpt the response curve of the drivers and to control one by one the cone characteristics whether it is used for a woofer or a midrange.

The third generation of W cone appears with the Utopia 3 speakers line with laser triming that permits to progress once again. The laser’s precision permits cut outs that were impossible so far, that’s a major point when we consider the influence of the edge profile on the driver characteristics. Straight or tilted edge, round or almost round shape, this new W evolution permitted in particular to make the Diablo woofer/midrange, where the most critical point is the surround/cone coupling.

A crossover is acoustically perfect when it only filters

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.

It’s a permanent approach at Focal: solve the problem at its source in order not to have to electrically correct mechanical faults that only mask a problem without ever solving it.

The OPC+ is in line with this measure, but offers for the first time the ability to adapt the loudspeaker response curve to the room acoustics, to personalize the tonal balance according to the reverberation time, linked to the room size, the nature of clear or mat surfaces, Furniture or only the sound preferences of each individual. Fine tunings are then available to adjust the bass, mid-bass, midrange and tweeter, without altering the sound integrity.

Indeed the additional components necessary for these corrections are systematically placed in parallel with the resistance, inductors and capacitors used in original nominal configuration. Those components have been blindly tested in order not to be influenced by fashion or by famous brands. In the end, the 4-way crossover of the Grande Utopia EM is divided into 3 blocks in the loudspeaker body.

A little craziness makes a Utopia

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, the Focus Time consists in placing the drivers in an arc shape to orientate them towards the listening point.

The Grande Utopia EM offers a mechanical adjustment to optimize the “Sweet Spot”, perfect listening point.

Articulating a 260kg loudspeaker could have been considered as an unacceptable argument at least and without doubt as inconceivable. But too irresistible not to be tried! Thanks to a mechanical system operated by a handle (covered by seamless Chapal leather, the best in Made in France luxury) placed in the back body of the tweeter compartment, the 4 upper enclosures of the Grande Utopia EM can spread out. In the end, the use is simple, the handling is soft and here comes the indefinable satisfaction of having tried and achieved the impossible. A little craziness makes the Utopias move forward.

Structure Gamma?
The Gamma structure role is once again obviously simple. All the strength of the magnetic motor must be transmitted to the cone of the driver. If the loudspeaker moves, even in an imperceptible way (vibrations), it’s because there is energy loss.

The loudspeaker must oppose such an inertia and such a rigidity that it must stand up to this force: that’s the Gamma structure principle. To cope with vibrations, we called a French specialist, European leader in that field that put all its know-how to provide vibration cartographies of our cabinets. We can see that mass doesn’t solve everything, neither the thickness of the sides that sometimes reach 23/8” (6cm) thick MDF, but the addition of reinforcement perfectly placed thanks to the data analysis becomes dreadfully efficient.

Weight 260 kg
Dimensions 880 × 654 × 2012 mm
Brand

Type

Drivers

Frequency response

Sensitivity

Nominal Impedence

Minimal impedance

3 Ohms

Filtering frequencies

80Hz / 220Hz / 2200Hz

Color

High gloss white sides, back with high gloss black front facia

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At Len Wallis Audio, whether you’re purchasing in store, over the phone or online through our ecommerce store, we want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.

Our Refund, Return and Repairs Policy is here to clarify any concerns or questions you might have prior to you making a purchase from us. This way you can be sure of our policy on refunds, returns and repairs and your rights under the Australian Consumer Law.

We also recommend you immediately inspect any goods that you receive from us to ensure you are completely satisfied with the goods, including that the goods are of acceptable quality, and match the description we have provided to you.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us at sales@lenwalluisaudio.com.au or 02 9427 6755

We require a receipt or proof of purchase.

  • Please do not send your purchase back to the original manufacturer.
  • There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted (if applicable). For example:
    • Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error
    • Any item that is returned for reason of change of mind more than 14 days after delivery or purchase from the store.

Consumer Guarantees and Your Rights under the Australian Consumer Law

Refer to our page for more information.

Goods Damaged in Transit.

If any goods arrive damaged, please contact us as soon as possible. Len Wallis Audio will arrange to have the damaged goods returned and either arrange for a replacement of the goods or refund the price to you. Damaged goods must be returned in the condition received by you with all original packaging, accessories and/or manuals.

Refunds

Refunds will be normally be processed within five (5) days.

Delivery Charges

Where Len Wallis Audio considers the goods to have breached a consumer guarantee, any shipping costs to return the goods to Len Wallis Audio will be at our cost.

Returns and Repairs.

You may visit Len Wallis Audio and a staff member will assist you with any return or repair. This may include inspecting the goods, arranging for the goods to be repaired, or providing you with a replacement.

Goods must be returned within a reasonable time. 

If any goods cannot be easily returned to us due to their size, the fault or because they have been affixed or installed in your premises, please contact us and we will arrange an inspection to assess the goods.

Goods returned for repair will be assessed and/or repaired within a reasonable time. You may be provided with an indicative repair time, which time may vary due to reasons beyond ours or the repairer’s reasonable control, such as part availability and incorrect fault description.

You may be required to pay labour, assessment and/or freight fees, such as where goods are assessed to have been damaged by misuse or accident, or where your rights under the Australian Consumer Law or any manufacturer’s warranty do not apply. We may provide you with an indicative fee, which may vary due to reasons beyond our control.

If any goods that you return are capable of retaining user generated data such as files stored on a hard drive, and songs stored on a portable media player, the replacement or repair of the goods may result in loss of the data. In these circumstances, we recommend you back up data to prevent data loss, and remove sensitive or confidential data, as a party assessing and/or repairing your goods may be required to view data in the course of carrying out the assessment. We will not be responsible for any data loss.

In some circumstances, goods presented for repair may be replaced by refurbished goods of the same type rather than being repaired. Refurbished parts may be used to repair the goods.

Contact Us

Where you have any questions or concerns relating to your Order, please immediately contact us

We understand that sometimes you may simply change your mind about a purchase or have made a wrong selection. In these situations, you have 14 days in which to return your item for a refund, exchange or store credit. If more than 14 days has passed since your purchase we can’t offer you a refund, exchange or store credit.

To be eligible for a return, refund or store credit your item must be in the same condition that you received it. Which is to say, it must be in the original unopened packaging, and in ‘brand new’ saleable condition.

Please note that current Australian Consumer Law does not require us to offer a ‘Change of Mind’ refund. Rather Len Wallis Audio offers 14 day ‘Change of Mind Policy’ in good faith. For more information on consumer rights and guarantees, please visit the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission web site.