Focal’s Chora 806 was considered one of my favourite pairs of audio system final yr, however its utility was principally restricted to stereo listening. For those who’re into house theater, ensuring your heart and encompass audio system are acoustically matched to your left and proper items is essential. Excellent news then: Focal is increasing the Chora line with a full suite of audio system, together with heart and encompass audio system, a subwoofer, and Dolby Atmos appropriate towers.
The spotlight of the brand new setup is the Chora 826-D, which is principally the prevailing 826 tower with an additional driver on the prime to bounce hold forth the ceiling and offer you that enveloping Atmos impact. Granted, having separate audio system mounted in or close to the ceiling virtually at all times supplies a greater impact – particularly in case your ceilings are uneven – however the ceiling bounce methodology is actually most handy. Nonetheless, I want Focal provided a separate Atmos unit that may very well be positioned atop the prevailing Chora audio system or mounted onto your ceiling, as another manufacturers do.
The Chora Heart replicates the road’s different audio system in a horizontal association. That enables it to suit on or in your TV unit, or by itself devoted stand which angles the speaker barely up in the direction of the listening place.
Heart audio system are arguably crucial a part of a house theater setup, as they make dialogue intelligible in a means that’s troublesome to do with stereo audio system, however you must have one which matches the timbre of your stereo audio system.
It’s an analogous story for encompass audio system, which Focal has designed with a singular flattish design that may be simply mounted on a wall. Each the middle and encompass audio system use the identical fancy carbon-fiber woofers launched with the unique Chora audio system, serving to guarantee timbral consistency. The brand new Sub 600P, in the meantime, isn’t particularly a part of the Chora household, however can be utilized for each hi-fi and residential theater functions with a claimed bass extension right down to 26 Hz from a 12-inch woofer in a roughly 16-inch cubed field.
The brand new Chora audio system can be obtainable beginning February, whereas the sub arrives within the Spring. No pricing is obtainable but, however we’ll replace this put up once we discover out. For extra on the Chora line, you may try my evaluation of the 806 right here.
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