BORN IN FRANCE, FOCAL RELEASE SOPRA NO3 LOUDSPEAKERS
From October this year, Focal's Sopra range of loudspeakers will be complete with the release of the No.3, the large Floor Standing model.
Following on and building upon the success of No.1 (Stand Mount) and No.2 (Medium Floor Standing), Sopra No.3 is the biggest in the range, availably locally for $31,000 RRP.
The Sopra range all share the same technologies and the same core R&D as the $285K Grand Utopia loudspeakers, the difference is size and scale. There are also three additional models intended for a complete Sopra home cinema solution.
Chris Murphy, Focal's local distributor told StereoNET:
The N°3 is dynamic, musical and can deliver astonishing levels of sound, a prodigious yet controlled bass and all the clarity and delicacy that complex music demands. The unique modern design continues the Sopra visual identity and with a wide range of finishes, it is ready to integrate smoothly into interiors old and new.
Sopra No.3 is a 3-way loudspeaker featuring Focal's famous Beryllium tweeter, one 165mm midrange and two 210mm woofers. Focal say they've achieved defined treble from IHL technology (Infinite Horn Loading), a refined midrange using the TMD surround (Tuned Mass Damper) and bass and mid controlled with NIC (Neutral Inductance Circuit) magnetic circuits/
Focal's Sopra range is entirely made in France.
In order to ensure quality, consistency and retain the ability to design unique products, Focal controls all elements of their manufacturing. Sopra cabinets are designed & made in a company facility in Bourbon-Lancy and the speaker drivers are all made in-house at St Etienne, which is where final assembly and QC are carried out.
Finally, the Sopra cabinet's machined front panel is manufactured from 69mm sandwich using the ‘Gamma Structure’ principle to provide inertia and damping. This is said to provide a stable mechanical reference for the drive units. The inside of the cabinet has no parallel side panels, and small Helmholtz resonators have been added to the lower section to prevent vertical standing waves. Glass is used for the base of the loudspeaker to provide floor coupling, using spikes for stability & grounding.
Focal says the overall result is a loudspeaker that is all about the music. Focal's obsession is the listening result: a transparent and precise reproduction of the original piece of music, with all the emotion and passion intact.
Focal Sopra No.3 will be available from October 2016.
For more information visit the Focal brand page.
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