LISTENING TO ACOUSTICS FOCAL ARIA 948

 

LISTENING TO ACOUSTICS FOCAL ARIA 948



Recently, an irresistible desire arose to write about the wonderful in all respects French acoustics Focal Aria, its full versions. More than a year ago, I conducted a detailed test of the 948th model, which my old client, and now a very good friend, had the good fortune to acquire. The task was as follows - to select floor-standing speaker systems for almost all genres and not to want to buy a subwoofer later. A room of 40 square meters. Ceilings - 3m high. A rectangular room, closed, not overcrowded, I would say - an ordinary room. Signal sources - Apple Mac Air connected to M2Tech Young DSD DAC, Cary Audio 500 CD-player, two amplifiers: Accustic Arts Power ES and Sim Audio Moon 340i. First they connected to Moon, then to Acoustic Arts. The difference is not significant, in my opinion .. Cable - TelluriumQ black II. Hayrez was used for the test - compositions by jazz performers, classical rock, a little classics, Emma Shaplin, disco of the 80s; CDs were presented by such ensembles as Dimmu Borgir, AHAB, Helloween, Atrocity, My Dying Bride, UDO. We even plugged in a Music Hall 5.3se turntable once and listened to the Kreator - Endless Pain record, released in the 83rd year of the last century. Germany.

Now, briefly about the acoustics itself. Made very soundly in France. Non-parallel side panels made of high density MDF, leather front and back panels, tempered glass top. The speaker cones are made of a half-millimeter layer of woven linen fibers, glued on both sides with thin layers of fiberglass. Squeaker made of aluminum-magnesium alloy, dome-concave. Bass reflex ports - one at the front, one at the bottom, directed to the floor. The set includes aluminum stands with adjustable legs. The speakers had to be twisted a little in place, in the end they took the optimal position for themselves, in which they turned out to be slightly turned towards each other. When listening, I immediately felt emotionality, openness, detail, the scene is being drawn ideal - all the musicians are in their places. One feels lightness and airiness, the vocal parts are excellent (this can be attributed to all Fokals starting with the Aria line - for sure). The bass is collected, not slack. I didn't want to finish listening at all. We started early in the morning and finished late in the evening with a short break for a hike for soft drinks)). One can and should also note the complete absence of monitor sound, but, on the contrary, a completely unobtrusive coloration in the entire range, which in the end we really liked. The heavyweight played dynamically, with a fast and dense chest serve. Disco recordings, which have some defects in the recording, absolutely did not demonstrate these very shortcomings. Emma Shaplin sang and poured balm on the soul with her unsurpassed performance. Misa Criolla - Kyrie performed by Jose Carreras sounded like I had never heard before. The choral performance was also very pleasing. We listened with pleasure to the Cathedral Children's Choir from Sweden.



LISTENING TO ACOUSTICS FOCAL ARIA 948



Conclusion: wonderful acoustics from France in excellent stylish performance, suitable for most genres and trends in music.

More small clarifications. Speaker cable connection - single wire. The 936 has a bass reflex port - two forward and one down. The price for the model in varnish is higher.


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