focal, Listen Beyond
Focal established the first manufacturing workshop for speaker drivers in 1979 under the then JM-lab brand. Only three years later, their DB13 bookshelf loudspeakers propelled them towards the high-end audio market. In 1990, now being a leader in the Fench market, Focal began to expand internationally. They won numerous awards over the next ten years, succeeded in the audiophile world and finally got recognized within the car Audio sector.
The company’s key strength is its complete integration and quality control of the loudspeaker manufacturing process — from the design of drive units, cabinets, and crossovers to the assembly of the finished product. This delivers a consistency of performance that stands far above its rivals. Focal maintains an intense, continual program of research and development into drive-unit technologies and improving sound quality and have registered many patents. It comes as no surprise that Focal made global headlines through its innovations in technology, lead by the Grande Utopia loudspeaker, equipped with the "W" composite sandwich cone, released in 1995. Other mention worthy technologies include the double voice coil speaker driver, the inverted dome tweeter, the K2 Kevlar cone, the Beryllium tweeter, the Polyglass cone and the Flax cone.
Focal's core values are base on the union of technology, mechanics, refined materials and innovative design. The combination of those attributes is what turned the following products into Focal's flagships. (Displayed in image above from left to right)
SOPRA N°3: The longest standing loudspeaker of the line, Sopra N°3 perfectly combines dynamics, space optimisation, and harmonic richness.
ARIA: Aria’s harmonic richness is the guarantee to true high-end acoustics.
DOME: Dôme is just as pleasant to see is it is to hear! Its range will enhance your living or working space.
SOPRA N°1: A true 'demonstrator', corroborating the contribution of new technologies implemented on Sopra that delivers incredible clarity and very high definition.
GRANDE UTOPIA: The Grande Utopias is the most accomplished concept of Focal, the ultimate technological and musical reference.
We at Gramophone are happy to equip you with all of Focal's home audio products and have their headphones on display for you to test out.
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