What HFL Thinks
Focal Scala Evo - We are really pleased to now offer Focal to our customers, for one they really do make a stunning looking speaker but more importantly they present the music in a very honest and balanced way but always with the main focus on presenting the emotion of the music, now that both Focal and Naim are owned by the same company both are now working very closely together so that there is a great synergy between both brands, please feel free to pop into HFL to experience this for yourself.
THE LEGEND IS GROWING…
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.
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 suspension (Tuned Mass Damping).
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.
The 2017 edition of Utopia III Evo is an iconic line. They integrate a whole range of innovations and essential detailing, making them completely unique. They are still way ahead of any other line.
EXCLUSIVE MEDIUM REGISTER
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.
COMPONENTS TESTED IN REAL CONDITIONS
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.
The Utopia III Evo loudspeakers are distinguished by their distinctive colours, inspired by the automotive universe. Scala Utopia Evois 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 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.
- 3-way column loudspeaker
- Very high-end product and moderately sized
- Utopia III technologies: Beryllium, IAL2™, TMD suspension, NIC magnet, Focus Time™, OPC+™, W™, Power Flower™, Gamma Structure™
- Customisable sound with adjustable bass, mid-range and treble levels
- 100% made by Focal
- Type: 3-way bass-reflex floorstanding loudspeaker:
- Bass: 11" (27cm) 'W' woofer
- Midrange: Power Flower 61/2" (16.5cm) 'W' midrange with TMD suspension, with 'NIC' motor
- Tweeter: 11/16" (27mm) 'IAL2' pure Beryllium inverted dome
- 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: 220 Hz / 2400 Hz
- Recommended amplifier power: 40 – 500W
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 49x15x26" (1247x393x670mm)
- Net weight: 187.4lbs (85kg)