Aural Bliss from Focal
Words & Photos: Francis G. Pallarco
Extremely popular with high-end car audio enthusiasts who doesn’t mind putting a premium on overall sound quality, they know and use high quality Focal car audio equipment. In fact, Focal speakers are widely used in international car audio competitions, which attests to its quality and performance. Focal has been designing and manufacturing loudspeakers for home, speakers for automobiles and studio monitors for recording studios for over 30 years. Fully developed and manufactured in their Saint-Étienne headquarters in France, doing so ensures that the 100% Focal design is adhered to and their philosophy, “the Spirit of Sound”.
Most recently Focal multi-media has expanded to include a dynamic range of headphones suited for a variety of lifestyles and their latest home audio system which is the Dimension Sound Bar. Locally distributed by Waido Marketing headed by Edbert Tiu and his son Johann Tiu who oversees the range of Multi-Media Focal products. A formal press launch of Focal’s multi-media products was recently held at the Shang-ri-la Hotel with Focal’s New Media Product Manager Mr. Romain Vet who expounded on the features and technology behind the latest products.
Dimension Sound Bar
Sleek and compact, Focal’s new sound bar features five patented high-bandwidth and ultra-thin speakers that act as a center stage and delivers total clarity across the audio spectrum and regardless of listening position. When combined with the Dimension Sub, the system incorporates 450 watts of power in six channels for a true 5.1 experience. The ultra-flat sub also acts as a support for the screen and employs an anti-vibration device. The sleek and elegant looking Sound Bar can also be used alone, mounted to the wall.
With its wireless technology making it easy to set up and deep bass sound, the Sub Air is a welcome addition towards the Sound Bar or any other 5.1 audio systems.
It is also compact in size allows you to fit it into all kinds of spaces. Easy to use and install, the Sub Air turns on at your command and turns itself off when no more sound is being produced.￼
Sphear Headphones (In-Ear)
One of its main features would be the ultra-large Mylar transducers (10.8mm), one of the biggest of their type, ensure an extended frequency response in the low end as well as a remarkable tonal balance. . Designed to suit all ear shapes and sizes, Sphear provides noise isolation and ensures an optimal audio experience in complete comfort, even during prolonged listening.
Listen Premium Headphones
This features a lightweight, comfortable pair of headphones for individuals on the go. With their noise isolating design, built-in multifunction remote and omni-directional microphone, they are ideal for traveling, taking a conference call in private or for hours of intense listening.
The sound tuning is perfect for listening at home: extended low end, a detailed mid-range and linear top end for a lighter, open sound. Its headband and memory foam ear cushions come perfectly sized for optimal comfort. The cone is true to the “Spirit of Sound” philosophy: mass, stiffness and damping are all controlled for dynamic, lifelike sound.
Spirit One S
Spirit One S is the natural evolution of Spirit One, our first portable headphones launched in 2012 which have been widely acclaimed for their sound rendering (EISA award 2012-2013). Spirit One S provides tonal balance adapted for noisy environments requiring reinforced bass. These closed back headphones offer unrivalled insulation, with larger ear cups that also offer more comfort.
This is a direct result of the renowned expertise of Focal: the design of high performance transducers. The utmost attention towards the Mylar/Titanium alloy drivers results in sound reproduction that respects the original dynamics of the audio signal and highly accurate reproduction of bass frequencies while avoiding acoustic constraints of the workspace.