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Focal

Focal In the thirty-five plus years that Focal have been producing hi-fidelity speakers, they have become the largest French speaker manufacturer with a world-renown reputation for high-end performance.

Back in the late 1970s Jacques Mahul, a hi-fi enthusiast with a background of engineering specialist speaker drive units decided to commercialise his speakers under the brand name of Focal. Shortly thereafter JMlab brand was created with the idea of revolutionising the hi-fi industry’s perception on the performance of bookshelf (standmount) speakers.

And that is exactly what Mahul did when he released the DB 13 speaker; it was an instant success. The DB 13 performed at a level that was unexpected from such a small speaker. It reproduced music on a scale of larger speakers, this was achieved by Mahul incorporating a dual voice coil. Riding his wave of success gave Mahul a chance to keep producing speakers with experimental designs that changed the way we see speaker design/manufacturing today.

With the addition of Gérard Chrétien to the Focal-JMlab team further fuelled the upward movement the company was heading. By 1992 the JMlab Vega was awarded loudspeaker of the year in Japan, which was a first for any product produced in France. Then again in 2004 the US based magazine, Stereophile gave the product of the year award to the Nova Utopia. And still the company continued to develop and expereiment with new designs and ideas.

Today Focal, capitalising on the success of the technologies developed for the Utopia range (e.g. "W" composite sandwich cones, pure Beryllium tweeter, multiferrite magnets, EM woofers, IAL2 tweeters, OCP+ circuit crossover or even the Gamma Structure cabinet), decied to again go back to the drawing board to create the Sopra range. Three innovations implemented just for the Sopra range are the Neutral Inductance Circuit (helping stabilise the magnetic field of the drive units), the Tuned Mass Damper (optimising the suspension profile which controls the resonance), and the Infinite Horn Loading (the treble definition is pushed to the maximum).

By continually experimenting and always pushing the limits of their speaker drivers and enclosures, Focal exudes their moto…The Spirit of Sound

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