After being re-awarded its “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” (Living Heritage Company) certification in June 2020, the St. Étienne brand specializing in high-end acoustics is today honored by the international press. The EISA (Expert Imaging and Sound Association) panel, bringing together the best in press specializing in audio, video and electronics (over 61 magazines across 29 countries), has voted the Chora 826 loudspeaker the “Best Value Floorstanding Loudspeaker”. This recognition honors Focal’s unique know-how, its passion for innovation and its high-fidelity products made in France.
Since 1982, the EISA (Expert Imaging and Sound Association) panel has been recognizing the most innovative and high-performance products in the following categories: Hi-Fi, Photography, Home Theatre Audio, Home Theatre Display & Video, In-Car Electronics, Mobile Devices. This year, the Chora 826 3-way bass reflex loudspeaker is honored with the “Best Value Floorstanding Loudspeaker” award.
“Drawing on its extensive expertise, from the manufacture of drive units to final assembly, Focal has developed an affordable floorstander able to sound great on demonstration and in the home. At the heart of the Chora 826 is a new ‘Slatefiber’ driver, for speed and bass extension, and the speaker has a sound that’ll make you want to keep on listening, with both bass weight, treble clarity and sparkle. It’s also easy to set up and position, will work with modest amplification, and sounds good in almost any room. However you look at it, this speaker offers a lot of performance for the money.” EISA Jury 2020
Made in France at the Focal workshops, the Chora 826 3-way floorstanding loudspeaker offers outstanding performance, quality design and affordability for everyone to step into the high-fidelity world. The sound is full and balanced thanks to the speaker drivers featuring the Slatefiber cone. This exclusive and unprecedented Focal technology provides balanced midranges, articulated bass and plenty of dynamics. The treble is mellow and precise thanks to the Aluminum/Magnesium TNF tweeter, another Focal technology made in France. Finally, the positioning of this bass-reflex loudspeaker on a tilted stand has the effect of centering the soundstage more on the listener (Time Alignment). With its modern finishes and the slate color of its Slatefiber cone, Chora 826 is the designer loudspeaker that reveals High-Fidelity at the best price. This loudspeaker is part of the Chora line, which includes the Chora 826-D 4-way Dolby Atmos enabled speaker for an immersive Home Cinema experience, the Chora 816 floorstanding loudspeaker, the Chora 806 bookshelf loudspeaker, and the Chora Center and Chora Surround loudspeakers to add center, side and rear channels to its installation.
Unique association uniting 61 multimedia magazines, the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) is internationally renowned for the EISA Awards. Member magazines extend beyond Europe to 29 countries, including the USA and Australia. The event was created in 1982 when the editors-in-chief of five of the most reputed photography magazines nominated the “Best Camera of the Year”. Since then, more prize categories have been introduced: Hi-Fi, Photography, Home Theatre Audio, Home Theatre Display & Video, In-Car Electronics and Mobile Devices. About EISA: www.eisa.eu
Focal has been manufacturing speaker drivers and acoustic loudspeakers since 1979. The expertise of the St. Étienne company (based in the Loire) extends to monitors, in-car audio, integration products and headphones. Thanks to its heritage rooted in engineering and excellence, Focal is one of the world’s leading audio brands, as well as being recognized as a stand-out French brand: Focal has been titled by the French State as an “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” (EPV, or Living Heritage Company) since 2014. All of the brand’s products are designed and developed in France, benefiting from over 40 years of innovation in exclusive and patented acoustic technologies. Having merged with British electronics leader Naim Audio to create Vervent Audio Group, Focal has a global offering and exports nearly 80% of its production, primarily within Europe and to North America and South-East Asia. About Focal: www.focal.com/en.
About Focal Naim North America
Born from the merger of Focal, world leader in acoustic sound made in France, and Naim Audio, world leader in British-made hi-fi electronics, Vervent Audio Group’s brand subsidiaries signal a new investment phase and direction for Vervent in the US and Canada. By creating its own distribution entity, the group is striving to turn the North American territory into the market leader for Focal which turned 40 in 2019, and Naim which just turned 45.
For more information on Focal Naim America, visit www.focalnaimamerica.com.
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