Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo



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Stella Utopia EM Evo joins the Utopia III Evo line. Real technological twin sister of the Grande Utopia EM Evo, it has absorbed the gist of the most outstanding innovations, in a 3-way version and with more convenient dimensions. With its 33 cm "W" woofer and latest technologies, its sound tuning reproduces mid ranges wonderfully. This high-fidelity loudspeaker produces perfect definition across the full frequency range, with the ideal balance between registers… The sound architecture of Utopia III has been preserved, to reduce harmonic distortion in the fragile mid-range register, which is so very crucial for revealing the artist’s emotions. Both loudspeakers are equipped with the very latest Focal innovations: the NIC (Neutral Inductance Circuit) and the TMD suspension (Tuned Mass Damper).


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The entire crossover system on the new speaker drivers has been redesigned. The rigidity of the Stella Utopia EM Evo cabinet has been improved using reinforcement rings positioned around the speaker drivers. The best components of their generation have also found their way into the Utopia Evo line: cables manufactured in France, a denser acoustic material inside the subwoofer, and the double terminal boards. New finishes add the design element to a timeless silhouette. Utopia III Evo remains an iconic line. It integrates a whole series of innovations and essential detailing to create something unique. And still streets ahead of the rest.


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.


The entire crossover system on the new speaker drivers has been meticulously redesigned, for even greater precision. The rigidity of the Stella Utopia EM Evo cabinet has been improved using reinforcement rings positioned around the speaker drivers, enhancing the general acoustic coherence.


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 Stella Utopia EM Evo Review


The Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo is a three-way speaker that promises to deliver an exceptional audio experience. With its impressive specifications and advanced technologies, this speaker aims to provide transparent and detailed sound reproduction. In this review, we will delve into the design, technology, performance, and user experience of the Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo, to determine if it lives up to its claims and justifies its high price point.

Design and Build Quality

The Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo boasts a visually attractive design, with curved surfaces on all four sides that add a touch of elegance to any room. The cabinet is constructed using medium-density fiberboard (MDF) with internal bracing, ensuring rigidity and minimizing unwanted resonances. Additionally, the laminar base with integrated wheels and threaded holes for decoupling spike assembly provides stability and ease of positioning.

Technology and Performance

At the heart of the Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo is its three-way speaker configuration, with crossovers at 230Hz and 2.2kHz. This configuration allows for optimal frequency separation and ensures that each driver operates within its ideal frequency range. The speaker features a single 13" electro-magnetic woofer, a 1" beryllium inverted-dome tweeter, and dual 6.5" midrange drivers. The physical midrange-tweeter-midrange (MTM) arrangement enhances the speaker's ability to reproduce midranges exceptionally well.

To further enhance performance, the Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo incorporates the Focus Time mechanical system. This system aligns the phase between the drivers at the listening position, resulting in a more coherent and accurate soundstage. The speaker also benefits from a redesigned crossover system and reinforcement rings in the cabinet, which improve rigidity and acoustic coherence.

Sound Quality

When it comes to sound quality, the Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo truly shines. It delivers a transparent and detailed sound reproduction, allowing listeners to hear every nuance and subtlety in their favorite music. Instrument separation is excellent, with each instrument occupying its own space in the soundstage. The speaker's lightning-fast transient response ensures that every note is reproduced with precision and accuracy.

The Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo excels in dynamic playback, effortlessly transitioning between soft and loud passages. Whether it's the delicate plucking of a guitar string or the thunderous crash of a cymbal, this speaker handles it all with finesse and control. The lateral soundstaging and imaging are also top-notch, creating a wide and immersive listening experience.

The bass response of the Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo is controlled and refined. It adds depth and impact to the overall sound without overpowering the other frequencies. However, in certain listening environments, the bass output may require adjustment to achieve optimal balance.

User Experience

Setting up the Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo is relatively straightforward, although its size and weight may require assistance during positioning. Once properly set up, the speaker provides a good sweet spot, open, and airy musical sound. Users have praised the speakers as the best sounding they have ever owned, highlighting their exceptional musicality and sound quality.

However, it is worth noting that the Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo has a long break-in period, requiring patience before it reaches its full potential. Additionally, the complex adjustment options may be challenging for some users, necessitating a thorough understanding of the speaker's capabilities to optimize its performance.


The Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo is an impressive speaker that delivers on its promises of exceptional sound quality and advanced technologies. Its transparent and detailed sound reproduction, lightning-fast transient response, and impressive dynamic playback capability make it a standout performer. The controlled and refined bass response, along with the excellent lateral soundstaging and imaging, further add to its appeal.

While the Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo requires proper setup and adjustments for optimal performance, its rewards are well worth the effort. However, with its high price point and large size, it may not be suitable for all listeners. Those who are willing to invest in cutting-edge technologies and top-of-the-line sound quality will find the Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo to be a worthy addition to their home theater or audio system.

Overall, the Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo is a testament to Focal's commitment to producing top-tier audio products. With its meticulous design, enhanced rigidity, and exceptional sound reproduction, it is a speaker that will surely satisfy even the most discerning audiophile.


  • Type: 3-way, floorstanding bass-reflex loudspeaker
  • Drivers: Electro-Magnetic 13" (33cm) 'W' woofer, 2 Power Flower 61/2" (16.5cm) 'W' midrange drivers with TMD suspension and NIC magnet, IAL2 pure Beryllium inverted dome 1" (27mm) tweeter
  • Frequency response (+/- 3dB): 22Hz - 40kHz
  • Response at - 6dB: 18Hz
  • Sensitivity (2.83V / 1m): 94dB
  • Nominal impedance: 8 Ω
  • Minimal impedance: 2.8 Ω
  • Filtering frequencies: 230Hz / 2,200Hz
  • Recommended amp power: 50 - 1,000W
  • Dimensions (H x L x D): 61-1/3x21-3/4 x32-11/16" (1,558 x 553 x 830mm)
  • Weight: 374lbs (170kg)

Additional Info


Utopia III Evo are distinguished by their distinctive colours, inspired by the automotive universe. Stella Utopia EM Evo is available in Metallic Blue, Ash Grey and British Racing Green, in addition to the timeless Black Lacquer and Carrara White. The shape of Utopia III Evo 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.