Make it Rain with the €100,000 Focal Utopia by Tournaire
Happy days, zero point one percenters, have I got a deal for you!
Just a few months ago Focal released it's flagship Utopia headphone ($4000), and man is it good. I called it the world's best headphone in my review. Not only does it sound good, but it's extremely well built using excellent materials, and it looks absolutely terrific. Well, now it's gotten even better with recent announcement of the bedazzling Focal Utopia by Tournaire (€100,000). Just look at it sparkle! (photo above)
Now, there's going to be a lot of backlash on the headphone forums about these headphones. Don't listen to it. You have to understand that for years headphone enthusiasts have been confronted with the blingy, over-the-top luxury headphones.
The Beats by Dre Studio variants being the most vulgar example. The garish gem crusts concealed within one of the worst sounding headphones of the time. A candy-coated turd. Is it any wonder headphone enthusiasts revile at the thought of a $100,000 headphone.
But this is different. This is a really, really, really good headphone. Even at this price, there's enough performance to get some sort of ratio out of it. What do you say? Let's put that trickle down economics to work and spend some cash. A hundred grand? Trump change! Let's try to really make it rain.
How about going portable with your Utopia by Tournaire? The sexiest portable player I've seen is the solid copper edition of the AK380 ($3999). Not only does this player sound great and store a ton of music, it has all sorts of cool features for networked listeninglike music on your server or from streaming services. You'll have to replace that long dangly cable though...it'll make your Armani suit all lumpy when you wad it up in your coat pocket. I'd suggest calling Moon Audio and asking them to whip something up for you that will work in the balanced output of the AK380. You'll spend maybe $600.
Home use? Sky's the limit, really. For front end electronics I'd suggest perusing the class-A gear on Stereophile's recommended components lists. For vacuum tube headphone amps, I really like Pete Millett's Pinnacle ($10,000), it sounds just glorious. I know it looks like the south end of a north-facing bulldog, but think how good your Utopia by Tournaire will look next to it. And for solid-state? Nobody does it like Pass Labs...here's their HPA-1 ($3500). Then, why not cable it all up with Nordost Heimdall 2 headphone cables...about $800.
Well, there you go, big guy. Let's just add it all up and...one, carry the two...throw in the matching headphone stand and a stock Utopia as a spare in case you need to upgrade the gemstones in your main cans and call it an even $150 grand. Don't delay, mate, they only made six of these Utopia by Tournaire headphones. Pull that titanium plated, carbon fiber reinforced, platinum Master Card out of your Ethiopian lamb skin wallet and turn that trickle into a torrent.
Make it rain, baby, make it rain.