A stalwart of the Hi-Fi loudspeaker retail market, Focal is launching a line of in-wall speakers dedicated to the custom integration channel. Traditionally, Focal has invested in both standalone speakers and full-blown home theater solutions, but the newest venture offers an entry-level 100 Series, and a more robust mid-priced 300 Series.
Focal has built their CI platform on three key pillars, that is summed up as being suitable for every room, in every home, for every use case. Being agnostic is key for Focal as new demographics define customers that integrators interact with every day.
Focal 100 Series: Discreet and Compact
Focal is calling their 100 Series a discreet and compact solution that is wholly dedicated to the home audio market. The 100 Series is specifically designed for small to medium-sized rooms, and are arranged of three coaxial loudspeakers — one coaxial in-ceiling stereo loudspeaker, one in-ceiling loudspeaker, and two products specifically intended for in-wall use — all of which can be used as either in-wall or in-ceiling loudspeakers.
While labeled as entry-level, Focal assures that the 100 series is loaded with innovation featuring more compact and less directive aluminum inverted dome tweeter and a new Polyglass cone speaker driver. The 'in-ceiling' loudspeakers are equipped with a new crossover with an innovative architecture which improves off-axis listening while also significantly reducing the undesired 'bathroom effect' often encountered with this type of product.
In addition to this feature, the 100 IW6 and the 100 IWLCR5 are equipped with an additional switch for equalizing the mid-range register (-2 B, 0 dB, + 2 dB). The 100 ICLCR5 loudspeaker represents Focal’s will to offer the best performance for different kinds of use. A three-position switch is used to determine the function of the product (left, center or right loudspeaker) to ensure an identical tonal balance at the listening point for the optimal Home Cinema set-up.
Focal 300 Series: Dedicated to Integration
Touted as a 'performance choice' the 300 Series has three new models that offer dedicated home theater solutions. Focal especially looks to this line to be used in "complete audio-video systems" that work in every room of the house. Users and installers will now find a dedicated product offering suitable for every room of the house (even for residential Home Cinemas measuring 160-320ft2/ 15 to 30m2), for complete A/V systems and entirely built-in systems or even for combining traditional loudspeakers with in-wall/in-ceiling loudspeakers.
The new models all feature Flax cone woofers to deliver perfect acoustics and a fully adjustable tweeter with an aluminum-magnesium inverted dome
The 300 ICLCR5 is equipped with a left/ center/right channel selector to mechanically direct the sound towards the listening point, making it perfect for Home Cinemas. For in-ceiling loudspeakers, the dedicated
300 CLCR5 is equipped with an adjustable tweeter housing for directing sound towards the listening point with precision. The tweeter level is also adjustable so that it can be set according to the room’s acoustics, and the upper mid-range can also be adjusted. Note that for the 300 IW6 in-wall loudspeakers, the tweeter is fully adjustable in order to ensure homogenous sound throughout the room.
The flagship product of the range is the IWLCR6, which is ideal for building an exceptional Home Cinema set-up. The mid-range/tweeter section which can be rotated by 90° for use as a left, center or right loudspeaker. This guarantees exceptional sound quality, a very high SPL, and really deep bass.
Focal is also incorporating their overhauled mounting brackets and magnetic grille methodology into both of the series speakers, dubbed the Easy Quick Install (EQI) system. Select 100 Series loudspeakers are equipped with a three-position high-frequency switch (-3dB, 0dB, + 3dB), for equalizing the treble according to the room’s acoustics.