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Focal Brought Everything: CanJam NYC 2023

Focal is bringing a truckload of headphones to CanJam NYC 2023 and we suspect the audition line will stretch around the table.

Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition with Focal Clear Mg Headphones

Coming off their speaker and audio component exhibit at the Florida International Audio Expo, Focal and Naim now turn to CanJam 2023 in NYC with their headphone products.

The good news is that they aren’t just bringing a couple of models, it appears that they are showing up with Focal’s entire headphone line-up along with a Naim Headphone amp. 

Made in France at the Focal workshops, these products will be paired with the Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition, a high-performance streaming amplifier/DAC manufactured in the United Kingdom.

Here are the Focal headphones being shown:

  • Utopia (2022 version)
  • Clear Mg
  • Stellia
  • Celestee
  • Bathys

Focal Utopia (2022 Edition)

Focal Utopia Headphones (2022 Edition)

Utopia is Focal’s flagship headphones. The original Focal Utopia headphones debuted in 2016, and in 2022 Focal introduced the second generation, which can be seen and heard at CanJam. 

Key Features

  • Headphone Type: Circum-aural, open-back headphones
  • Headband: Genuine Leather
  • Speaker Drivers: 1-9/16″ (40mm) with pure beryllium ‘M’-shaped dome. 
  • Speaker Grill: ‘M’-shaped grille that follows the curve of the speaker driver. 
  • Ear Pads: Perforated lambskin with memory foam
  • Exterior Grill: Honeycomb
  • Connectors: Lemo® connectors with locking mechanism.
  • Yokes: Forged, recycled carbon that mold to the face.
  • Impedance: 80 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 104dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz
  • THD: <0.2 % @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz – 50kH
  • Weight 1.08lbs (490g)
  • Available Finishes: Genuine Leather, forged, recycled carbon, aluminum

Included Accessories

  • 1 x 5ft cable (1.5m) with 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) asymmetric TRS Jack connector and 2 x Lemo® connectors
  • 1 x 10ft cable (3m) with 1 x symmetrical 4-point XLR connector and 2 Lemo® connectors
  • 1 x Jack adapter, 1/8″ (3.5mm) point socket – 1/4″ (6.35mm) point plug
  • Carrying Case: 9.8 x 9.4 x 4.7″ (25x24x12cm)

Utopia Headphones Price: $4,999 at Amazon | Crutchfield

Check out our full review of the Focal Utopia (2022) headphones here.

Focal Clear Mg

Focal Clear Mg Headphones

The Clear Mg is not at the top of Focal’s offerings but it provides a lot of practical features and sound reproduction quality to satisfy serious music listeners. 

Key Features

  • Headphone Type: Circum-aural, Open Back
  • Headband: Leather and Microfibre
  • Speaker Drivers: 1-5/8″ (40mm) ‘M’-shaped magnesium dome
  • Speaker Grill: ‘M’-shaped grille that follows the curve of the speaker driver. 
  • Ear Pads: Perforated microfibre  
  • Exterior Grill: Honeycomb grille
  • Yokes: Solid Aluminium
  • Impedance: 55 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 104dB SPL / 1 mW @ 1kHz
  • THD: 0.25% @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL
  • Frequency response: 5Hz – 28kHz
  • Weight: 0.99lbs (450g)

Included Accessories:

  • 1 x 3.9ft (1.2m) mini-jack cable with 1/4″ (6.35mm) jack adapter
  • 1 x 9.8ft (3m) 4-pin XLR cable
  • 1 jack adapter, 1 1/8″ (3.5mm) female – 1/4″ (6.35mm) male
  • Carrying Case:  9 7/8 x 9 1/2 x 4 3/4″ (250x240x120mm)

Clear MG Headphones Price: $1,499 at Amazon | Audio46 | Crutchfield

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Check out our full review of the Focal Clear Mg Open-Back Headphones here.

Focal Stellia

Focal Stellia Headphones

The Stellia by Focal is a high-end circum-aural wired headphone that is equipped with exclusive electrodynamic speaker drivers, capable of working at low acoustic load while offering an extremely extensive frequency response (5Hz – 40kHz).

Stellia is designed to deliver excellent bass and high frequencies via its frameless 100% copper voice coil and ‘M’-shaped pure Beryllium dome speaker drivers. 

The Stellia also incorporates an extremely low 35-ohm impedance, making the headphones very easy to drive through the output of a mobile audio source, such as a smartphone or tablet.

Key Features

  • Headphone Type: Circum-aural closed-back headphones
  • Headband: Cognac and Mocha finish full grain leather/
  • Speaker Drivers: 1-9/16” (40mm) ‘M’ shape pure Beryllium dome full-range
  • Ear Pads: Cognac and Mocha finish full grain leather cushions 1-3/16” (20mm)
  • memory foam
  • Exterior Grill: Cognac finish full grain leather earcup and matte Cognac stainless
  • steel case
  • Yokes: Cognac finish solid aluminum yoke
  • Impedance: 35 Ohms 
  • Sensitivity: 106dB SPL / 1mW @ 1kHz
  • THD: 0.1% @ 1kHz / 100 dB SPL
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz–40kHz
  • Weight: 0.96lb (435g)

Tip: 8” Jack sockets with locking mechanism provided

Included Accessories:

  • 1 x 4ft OFC 24 AWG cable with 1/8″ (3.5mm) TRS Jack connector
  • 1 x 10ft OFC 24 AWG cable with 4-pin XLR connector
  • 1 x Jack adapter, 1/8″ (3.5mm) female – 1/4″ (6.35mm) male
  • Carrying Case: 9.8″ x 9.4″ x 4.7″ (250x240x120mm)

Stellia Headphones Price: $2,999 at Amazon | Crutchfield

Focal Celestee

Focal Celestee Headphones

Introduced in 2021, and priced at less than $1,000, the Celestee combines modern design, luxurious finishes, and impressive sound performance. Their exclusive Focal speaker drivers guarantee excellent dynamics and high-precision sound. The earcups have undergone acoustic treatment to restrict resonance and provide clean sound with good bass extension.

The Celestee is a great example of Focal’s craftsmanship. 

Key Features

  • Headphone Type: Circum-aural closed-back headphones
  • Headband: Leather and microfibre 
  • Speaker Drivers: 1-5/8″ (40mm) ‘M’-shaped Aluminium/Magnesium dome full-range speaker driver
  • Ear Pads: Semi-aniline leather.
  • Exterior Grill: Leather-covered earcup with stainless steel grille
  • Yokes: Navy Blue aluminum
  • Impedance: 35 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 105dB SPL / 1 mW @ 1 kHz
  • THD: 0,1 % @ 1 kHz / 100 dB SPL
  • Frequency response: 5Hz – 23kHz
  • Weight: 0.95lb (430g)

Included Accessories

  • 1 x 4 ft. (1.2m) OFC 24 AWG cable with 1/8″ (3.5mm) unbalanced TRS Jack connector
  • 1 x Jack adapter, 1/8″ (3.5mm) point socket  1/4″ (6.35mm) point plug
  • Carrying Case:  9 7/8 x 9 1/2 x 4 3/4″ (250x240x120mm)

Celestee Headphones Price: $799 at Amazon | Crutchfield | Amazon ca

Check out our full review of the Focal Celestee.

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Focal Bathys 

Focal Bathys Wireless ANC Headphones

The Bathys represents the first Focal Headphones that are both Bluetooth wireless listening and include ANC (Active Noise Cancelling)

The speaker drivers incorporate an Aluminium-Magnesium ‘M’-shaped dome to deliver detailed sound while ANC (two modes) provides a non-disturbed listening environment if desired.

Being wireless, Focal has ensured that on-the-go listening is supported by a 30-hour life rechargeable battery. 

In terms of physical appearance, the Focal’s design follows the look of its other high-end headphones.

In addition to wireless connectivity, the Bathys also includes wired connectivity (3.5mm/USB-C) should that be needed or desired. 

Tip: USB-DAC mode enables a resolution of up to 24bits /192kHz

Onboard controls and integrated voice assistant support provide easy operation when on the go. 

Key Features

  • Headphone Type: Closed-back wireless headphones with active noise canceling with transparency mode.
  • Headband: Leather and Microfibre 
  • Speaker Drivers: 1-5/8″ (40mm) Aluminium Magnesium ‘M’-shaped dome.
  • Ear Pads: Replaceable
  • Yokes: Magnesium
  • Exterior Grill:  Aluminium mechanical construction
  • Bluetooth: ver 5.1 with Multipoint
  • Bluetooth Range®: >15m
  • Bluetooth Frequency Range®: 2402MHz – 2480Mhz
  • Bluetooth  Codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX™ Adaptive, aptX™
  • Physical Connections: 1/8″ (3.5mm) Jack, USB-C®
  • Battery Life:
    • 30 hours Bluetooth® Noise Cancelling
    • 35 hours Jack mode
    • 42 hours USB DAC
  • Voice Assistant Support: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa
  • Harmonic Distortion Rate: <0.2% @1kHz
  • Frequency response: 15Hz to 22kHz
  • Microphones: 8 (Clear Voice Capture for Clear phone conversations)
  • Focal/Naim App: App for accessing more custom settings: equalizer, sound controls, etc. 
  • Weight: 0.77lb (350g)

Included Accessories

  • 4ft (1.2m) Jack cable
  • 4ft (1.2m) USB-C® cable
  • Carrying Case:  9 7/16″ x 8 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ (24x21x7cm)

Bathys Headphones Price: $799 at Amazon | Crutchfield

Check out our in-depth coverage of Focal Bathys:

Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition

Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition Front

As mentioned if the top of this article, Naim is bringing its Uniti Atom Headphone Edition streamer/headphone amplifier to CanJam 2023 in NYC so you can get the full Focal headphone listening experience. 

The Uniti Atom Headphone Edition incorporates Naim’s exclusive streaming platform to provide a comprehensive headphone listening experience. 

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The Uniti Atom Headphone Edition provides access to digital music libraries, favorite radio stations and podcasts, and music from Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Qobuz. You can also stream directly via Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built-in, plus connect other sources, including turntables to USB drives. 

The Uniti Atom also features Balanced 4-pin XLR and 4.4mm (Pentaconn) outputs; 6.3mm output, plus is compatible with an array of headphones (Focal Headphones are preferred, but other headphones can be used as well).

The Uniti Atom also provides pre-amp outputs. This allows you to connect to powered speakers or an external audio system if you take a break from headphone listening. 

Where to buy: $3,799 at Amazon | Crutchfield

Check out our full review of the Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition.

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