Focal Scala Utopia Evo



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Unbelievable musicality, a beautiful design and easy to install, Scala Utopia Evo has retained all the qualities of the previous version which has been unanimously acclaimed by the most discerning audiophiles world wide.
The Scala V2 takes you closer to the music with enhanced emotion and listening pleasure.


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Evo stands for evolution... Since 2008, when Utopia III was launched, Focal’s technological heritage has grown enormously. Therefore it was essential to integrate the most recent innovations into this exceptional collection.

The sound architecture of Utopia III has been preserved, with the constant intention of reducing harmonic distortion in the fragile mid-range register, which is so very crucial for revealing the artist’s emotions. The two loudspeakers are equipped with Focal’s latest innovations, the NIC (Neutral Inductance Circuit) and the TMD (Tuned Mass Damping) suspension.

The three-way floor standing loudspeaker Scala Utopia Evo now offers bi‑amplification, just like Grande Utopia EM and Stella. Discerning music lovers will be able to fine-tune the type of sound, depending on the timbre and the power they’re looking to achieve. The best components from their generation have also found their way into the Utopia III Evo line: cables made in France, denser acoustic materials inside the subwoofer, double terminal boards and separate crossovers. New finishes with distinctive colour-ways offer many options for today’s contemporary spaces.

Utopia III Evo is an iconic line. The loudspeakers integrate a whole range of innovations and essential detailing, making them completely unique. Utopia is still way ahead of any other range.


It was natural for us to capitalise on the research carried out in 2008, which resulted new and exclusive innovations, particularly in the mid-range register. 

TMD suspension: this technology provides a linear frequency response curve between 1 and 4kHz, while significantly reducing distortion in this range. The mid-range register benefits from remarkable neutrality.

Neutral Inductance Circuit: stabilising the magnetic field was a challenge to overcome, in order to avoid harmonic distortion and intermodulation. The research carried out enabled Focal’s engineers to come up with an extremely stable magnetic circuit.


Scala Utopia Evo now offers bi amplification. Bi-amping is now possible by separating the bass and mid-range/treble registers, just like the line’s two top-of-the-range loudspeakers.

The most discerning music lovers will be able to fine-tune their sound by personalising the registers depending on the sound architecture they want. For this reason, the loudspeakers are equipped with a double terminal board.


Our engineers selected the very best components on the market, choosing them from among the finest brands around after testing them in real conditions.

All the internal wiring within the units is crafted in France. While looking at the wiring aspects of these new loudspeakers, we decided to increase the wire gauge of the cabling by 20%. The results can be heard immediately: the sound is even clearer and even more natural.

Finally, for the bass register, the acoustic wadding lining we included inside the enclosure has been thickened for even tighter bass with more control and increased precision.

Focal Scala Utopia Evo Review


The Focal Scala Utopia Evo is an exceptional speaker system that combines high-quality craftsmanship, innovative technology, and impressive performance. Handmade in France with meticulous attention to detail, this three-way loudspeaker offers a range of features designed to enhance the listening experience. In this review, we will delve into the design, technology, performance, and user experience of the Focal Scala Utopia Evo to determine if it lives up to its reputation as a top-tier speaker system.

Design and Build Quality

One of the first things that stands out about the Focal Scala Utopia Evo is its exquisite build quality and craftsmanship. Handmade entirely in France, this speaker system showcases the expertise and dedication of the Focal-JMlab team. The cabinet construction features Gamma Structure technology, which utilizes precision-cut MDF panels, internal braces, and vibration cartography to minimize resonances and ensure optimal performance.

In addition to its technical prowess, the Focal Scala Utopia Evo boasts a luxurious aesthetic that enhances any living space. The attention to detail is evident in the stylish design, making it a statement piece for audiophiles who appreciate both form and function.

Technology and Performance

The Focal Scala Utopia Evo utilizes a three-way loudspeaker design and a carefully chosen driver configuration to deliver exceptional audio performance. The system features a 1.1" pure beryllium inverted-dome tweeter, a 6 1/2" W-cone Power Flower midrange driver, and a 10 5/8" W-cone woofer. This driver lineup ensures a balanced and accurate reproduction of the entire audio spectrum.

To further enhance performance, the Focal Scala Utopia Evo incorporates innovative technologies. The Focus Time technology optimizes phase alignment between the drivers, resulting in improved imaging and soundstaging. The Neutral Inductance Circuit (NIC) technology and Tuned Mass Damper (TMD) technology work together to minimize distortion and enhance control, allowing for a cleaner and more detailed sound reproduction.

With an impedance of 8 ohms nominal and a sensitivity of 92dB/2.83V/m, the Focal Scala Utopia Evo is efficient and can be easily driven by a wide range of amplifiers. The frequency response of 27Hz to 40kHz (+/-3dB) ensures that no detail is missed, providing a truly immersive listening experience.

Sound Quality and Performance

When it comes to sound quality, the Focal Scala Utopia Evo truly shines. The combination of high-performance drivers, advanced technologies, and careful craftsmanship results in an audio experience that is captivating and engaging.

One of the standout qualities of the Focal Scala Utopia Evo is its imaging and soundstaging capabilities. The speakers create a wide and deep soundstage, allowing the listener to pinpoint the location of instruments and vocals with accuracy. The cohesiveness of the sound is also remarkable, providing a seamless and immersive experience.

The bass reproduction of the Focal Scala Utopia Evo is impressive, delivering punch, weight, and impact. The 10 5/8" W-cone woofer excels in reproducing lower frequencies, providing a solid foundation to the overall sound. However, in comparison to some competitors, the bass resolution of the Focal Scala Utopia Evo is slightly less resolved. While it offers excellent bass reproduction, some audiophiles may prefer a bit more detail and nuance in this frequency range.

It is worth mentioning that the Focal Scala Utopia Evo exhibits a slight bass rolloff at the deepest frequencies. This might be a consideration for those who demand the utmost clarity and extension in the low end. However, for the majority of music genres and home theater applications, this slight rolloff is unlikely to be a significant drawback.

In terms of high-frequency response, the Focal Scala Utopia Evo impresses with its ability to reproduce the subtle nuances and details in the music. The 1.1" pure beryllium inverted-dome tweeter offers excellent clarity and articulation, contributing to a well-balanced and detailed sound signature.

User Experience and Accessibility

While the Focal Scala Utopia Evo delivers exceptional performance, its high price point of $53,598 per pair may be a barrier for many buyers. This speaker system is positioned as a luxury product, catering to audiophiles and enthusiasts who are willing to invest in top-tier audio equipment.

In terms of accessibility, the Focal Scala Utopia Evo may not be suitable for all buyers due to its premium price tag. However, for those who prioritize sound quality and are willing to make a significant investment, this speaker system offers a level of performance and craftsmanship that is truly exceptional.


The Focal Scala Utopia Evo is an impressive speaker system that combines high-quality craftsmanship, innovative technology, and exceptional performance. Handmade in France with meticulous attention to detail, this speaker system offers a luxurious aesthetic that complements its sonic capabilities.

The three-way loudspeaker design, advanced technologies, and carefully chosen drivers contribute to a captivating listening experience. The imaging, soundstaging, and cohesiveness of sound are exceptional, while the bass reproduction provides punch, weight, and impact. The high-frequency response is detailed and precise, although the bass resolution may be slightly less resolved compared to some competitors.

While the Focal Scala Utopia Evo delivers outstanding performance, its high price point may make it inaccessible for many buyers. However, for those who prioritize sound quality and are willing to invest in a top-tier speaker system, the Focal Scala Utopia Evo offers an unparalleled audio experience.

Alternative options to consider within a similar price range include speakers from brands such as Magico, Wilson Audio, and Bowers & Wilkins. It is recommended to audition multiple options and consider personal preferences before making a final decision.


  • Type of loudspeaker: 3-way bass-reflex floorstanding loudspeaker
  • Speakers: 11" (27cm) 'W' woofer, Power Flower 61/2" (16.5cm) 'W' midrange with TMD suspension and NIC motor, 11/16" (27mm) 'IAL2' pure Beryllium inverted dome tweeter
  • Frequency response (±3dB): 27Hz – 40kHz
  • Low frequency point (-6dB): 24Hz
  • Sensitivity (2.83V/1m): 92dB
  • Nominal impedance: 8 Ω
  • Minimum impedance: 3.2 Ω
  • Crossover frequency: 220Hz / 2,400Hz
  • Recommended amplifier power: 50 – 500W
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 49-3/32x15-15/32x26-3/8" (1247x393x670mm)
  • Net weight: 187.4lbs (85kg)

Additional Info


The Utopia III Evo loudspeakers are distinguished by their distinctive colours, inspired by the automotive universe. Scala Utopia Evois available in Ash Grey, in addition to the timeless Black Lacquer and Carrara White. The shape of Utopia III Evo line is still the same, just with a revamped, modern style. The loudspeaker enclosure will be lacquered in the same colour all over: the front and side panels will now be identical. Detailing is also paramount; black is making a strong comeback, with a Graphite Black finish for the baskets and the tweeter enclosure. These finish choices provide an overall coherence which is more harmonious and more discreet, emphasising the originality of the new colours even more. 


Scala Utopia Evo is also available in a Noyer finish: Noyer Naturel and Noyer Foncé. This tawny yellow wood, veined with brown, has stunning nuances of colour. With its satin look, plentiful knots and a fine, irregular grain, this variety is extremely decorative.

The Noyer Naturel version matches elegantly with a light-coloured body, whilst the Noyer Foncé finish goes perfectly with an intense-coloured body, bringing even more elegance and warmth to your home decor. And to round off these noble materials and stunning combinations to perfection, the High Gloss varnish adds that final flourish.

For Scala Utopia Evo, Focal acquired an exceptional batch of French noyer that heralds from a one-hundred year old tree from the Ain region. Thanks to the unique skills of Focal’s cabinet-makers in the FEB workshop, this batch of wood is meticulously worked and treated with the utmost respect. Every piece is therefore unique and handmade. A guarantee of high quality.