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    Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    I started my journey to upgrade speakers and found this site on Tapatalk. I’ve been a long time listener to my Avantgarde Duo’s and wanted to take a look at other speakers. Many great ideas and systems talked about here so taking what I learned, I was able to narrow down my speakers.

    I travel often so was able to visit several audiophile shop’s and listen to different speakers and found the Maestro’s to fit my listening style better.

    I have a pair of Maestro EVO’s being shipped and estimated to arrive this Thursday.

    My system will consist of:

    ~ Maestro EVO’s
    ~ Mark Levinson 5805 Amp
    ~ Lumin S1
    ~ Synology 10 TB Hard Drive
    ~ Interconnects: Nordost Tyre 2, 1 meter
    ~ Speaker Cables: Cardas 2.5 meter Clear Beyond

    Pretty excited to get the speakers setup..........I’m opened to any comments and suggestions. Thanks.

    George



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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    Quote Originally Posted by FishStalkerGuy View Post
    I started my journey to upgrade speakers and found this site on Tapatalk. I’ve been a long time listener to my Avantgarde Duo’s and wanted to take a look at other speakers. Many great ideas and systems talked about here so taking what I learned, I was able to narrow down my speakers.

    I travel often so was able to visit several audiophile shop’s and listen to different speakers and found the Maestro’s to fit my listening style better.

    I have a pair of Maestro EVO’s being shipped and estimated to arrive this Thursday.

    My system will consist of:

    ~ Maestro EVO’s
    ~ Mark Levinson 5805 Amp
    ~ Lumin S1
    ~ Synology 10 TB Hard Drive
    ~ Interconnects: Nordost Tyre 2, 1 meter
    ~ Speaker Cables: Cardas 2.5 meter Clear Beyond

    Pretty excited to get the speakers setup..........I’m opened to any comments and suggestions. Thanks.

    George



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    Welcome and congrats! They look beautiful.


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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    Great, enjoy!

    Idaho?


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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    Quote Originally Posted by UltraFast69 View Post
    Great, enjoy!

    Idaho?


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    Yes, North Idaho..........Couer d’Alene area


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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    Awesome. What were some of the other contenders?


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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    George,

    Congratulations!

    Those look beautiful. Enjoy. Can’t wait for more of your thoughts when they are home playing.
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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    Quote Originally Posted by nile49 View Post
    Awesome. What were some of the other contenders?


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    I listened to Magico’s S5’s 2, S3’s 2, A3. Also to Wilson’s Sasha DAW, Focal Sopra 2 and 3, Focal Scala EVO, B&W 802 and 800 D3, Martin Logan 15A all using the same CD.

    Of all the speaker’s Maestro EVO just worked for me. Of the speakers I list above the Wilson’s and Magico’s were all at different dealers the others were played on same electronics and pairings.


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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    I left out a couple Sonus Faber’s, listened to Il cremonese and Stradivari. Workmanship on these speakers are incredible.


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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    George congratulations with the new speakers , the look great.
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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    Congratulations! Great looking and well made speakers. Definitely a different musical presentation than the AG Duos. Enjoy!
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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    Sounds like the culmination of a fun purchasing process. Enjoy!


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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    Congratulations. That is a fine speaker you have chosen.
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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    So been monitoring the shipment since the speakers were picked up on 12/26 then no progress after the pick up but eta was still 1/2. Well they didn’t get shipped still at trucking warehouse back East Focal Maestro Utopia EVO........After many calls to the trucking firm they now tell me speakers will ship this Thursday. Focal Maestro Utopia EVO


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    Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    Quote Originally Posted by FishStalkerGuy View Post
    Pretty excited to get the speakers setup..........I’m opened to any comments and suggestions. Thanks.

    George



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    I would experiment a bit more with speaker placement.

    Happy new year Focal Maestro Utopia EVO.


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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    Well they finally made it but a week late, lol........Leaving Saturday for 3 weeks, so installation won’t happen until I get back! Focal Maestro Utopia EVOFocal Maestro Utopia EVO



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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    What a box..!!!

    That boxes seems to be really big.

    Let´s wait for a couple of weeks for your comments about the sound.
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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    Big fan of Focal. LOVE the color. Enjoy in good health!
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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    I dumped my Wilson Shasha DAW's and stepped up the the Focal Maestro Utopia EVO. What a marvelous improvement!
    The Focals are so much more detailed, so much more texture, imaging is holographic, the bottom end with the two 11" woofers is tight, articulated and punchy. The realism produced with the Maestros is super realism and always impressive. Also, Focal build quality is amazingly good. Even the shipping crates were superior. The Maestro are mounted on swivel wheels so it is a one person task to remove the speakers from the massive wood crates and roll them around to where you want. There is NO assembly needed. They are pure luxury and enjoyment!
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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    Quote Originally Posted by skytop View Post
    I dumped my Wilson Shasha DAW's and stepped up the the Focal Maestro Utopia EVO. What a marvelous improvement!
    The Focals are so much more detailed, so much more texture, imaging is holographic, the bottom end with the two 11" woofers is tight, articulated and punchy. The realism produced with the Maestros is super realism and always impressive. Also, Focal build quality is amazingly good. Even the shipping crates were superior. The Maestro are mounted on swivel wheels so it is a one person task to remove the speakers from the massive wood crates and roll them around to where you want. There is NO assembly needed. They are pure luxury and enjoyment!
    Nice. What color?


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    Color is Mercedes Black Lacquer. The finish is attractive, opulent and looks a foot deep.

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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    Quote Originally Posted by skytop View Post
    Color is Mercedes Black Lacquer. The finish is attractive, opulent and looks a foot deep.
    Congrats on a beautiful pair of Maestros! Your description of the sound resonating from them is spot on..........Currently driving mine with a Luxman 590 but hopefully, someday in the new future a pair of Luxman 900's will be sitting next to them.

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    Re: Focal Maestro Utopia EVO

    IMO you can start with just one M900u.
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    Mercedes Black Lacquer on Maestro Utopia EVO. (like a metallic Fire Mist black):
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