FOCAL’S INVISIBLE YET BIG SOUND
Focal, one of the world's highest regarded loudspeaker manufacturers have announced their 300 Series speakers for integration and custom installation.
The result of more than 3 years research and development, the French manufacturer says that these speakers are the best they've ever made for custom installation, and that they remain faithful to Focal's acoustic signature, the “Spirit of Sound”.
Delivering a balanced, clear, yet rich sound they're equally suited to both HiFi and Home Theatre applications. For those with Focal's Aria 900 speakers, they're a perfect match to build upon a two channel system for Dolby Atmos and all the new object oriented Movie sound systems.
To perfectly integrate with interiors, the 300 Series ICW loudspeakers come supplied with two designs of Ultra-thin and Frameless protective grilles. Square grilles blend in with wall-mounted screens and Round grilles match the most common shape of in-ceiling lighting fixtures. Grilles are magnetically mounted and can be painted to blend.
With a shallow mounting depth, only 93mm for the 300 ICW4 and just 122mm for the biggest model, installation is quick and simple.
There are three models, all being 2-way loudspeakers, a 10cm (4”) speaker driver for the 300 ICW4, a 16.5cm (6 1/2”) coaxial speaker driver for the 300 ICW6 and a 21cm (8”) coaxial speaker driver for the 300 ICW8.
The speaker driver cones feature Focal's Flax sandwich technology. Flax is an eco-textile with astounding structural properties. It's light, rigid and well damped for providing greater neutrality of the timbre and better definition.
Chris Murphy, Managing Director of NA Distributors told StereoNET:
The 300 series have everything needed for a modern performance install and installers will love the quick, easy and discreet EQI fast fitting system.
Focal developed the EQI system (“Easy Quick Install”), to make in-wall and in-ceiling installation simple. Each ICW loudspeaker is composed of two parts: the EQI mounting frame and the loudspeaker. The mounting frame is fixed to the wall or ceiling using the easy mounting brackets and the loudspeaker can easily be mounted to the frame with the quarter-turn locking mechanism: Installing the loudspeaker just takes a flick of the wrist.
The Focal 300 Series ICW speakers are sold in pairs and available now, 300 ICW 4 ($1000 RRP), 300 ICW 6 ($1200 RRP) and 300 ICW 8 ($1400 RRP).
StereoNET’s Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers to headphones. Marc also founded Melbourne’s International HiFi Show.
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