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Focal Naim America Adds Thorens for US Sales Distribution

The following is a press release issued by Focal Naim America.

Champlain, NY | April 1, 2021 – Focal Naim America announced today it will be the US distributor of Thorens. With the incorporation of Thorens, Focal Naim America will add a lineup of high-end audio made in Germany to its current audio partners.

Throughout the company’s history, Thorens has developed several devices that have become milestones in the history of consumer electronics and is the oldest consumer electronics manufacturer in the world, founded in 1883 in St. Croix, Switzerland.

“Focal Naim America is committed to supporting our brands and providing our network of dealers with the best in high-end audio and Thorens is a tremendous addition to our portfolio,” said Roman Vet, VP Marketing of Focal Naim America. “We are proud to distribute Thorens with its 138-year hi-fi history and award-winning products.”

“We are very pleased that Focal Naim America is our new partner with its extensive audio experience and dealer network,” said Gunter Kürten, CEO of Thorens. “We are excited to bring our quality and high-performance products to the audiophile needs in the US.”

Focal Naim America is dedicated to offering complete audio solutions, and with the addition of Thorens’ now offers turntables, tonearms, cartridges and accessories in the US.

For more information on Thorens and its products, please visit https://thorens.com/en/.

To find a Focal dealer, please visit www.focal.com.

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Focal Alpha Evo Studio Monitors Launched

Focal Alpha Evo studio monitors
Focal Alpha 65 Evo studio monitors

Montreal, Canada (March 26, 2021)—Focal has updated its Alpha range with the launch of its new Focal Alpha Evo monitors—the Alpha 50 Evo and Alpha 65 Evo, intended for use in mixing, mastering, DJ work and broadcast.

The Alpha 50 Evo and Alpha 65 Evo each use an aluminum inverted dome tweeter to provide sound dispersion, as well as the Slatefiber cone. This recycled carbon cone, produced exclusively by the French brand at its Saint-Étienne workshops, has a new large laminar port, intended to help limit distortion noise.

The Alpha Evo monitors boast a new quarter-inch (6.35mm) TRS input jack, in addition to the XLR and RCA analog inputs, an automatic standby mode that can now be switched off by the user, and inserts for wall and ceiling fastening. The monitors are each equipped with two class D amplifiers.

Focal Elegia Closed-Back Reference Headphones—A Real-World Review

The monitors feature a 5/8-inch (15mm)-thick MDF cabinet and incorporate internal braces. The bass-reflex design has been used to ensure acoustic integration in cramped spaces. They replace the existing Focal Alpha 50 and 65 models, though the current Alpha 80 are still available.

The new monitors have MSRPs of the Alpha 50 Evo at $349 each and Alpha 65 Evo at $449 each.

Focal Professional • https://www.focal.com/en/pro-audio

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Focal Presents Clear Mg, New Luxury Headphones for The Home

The following is a press release issued by Focal.

March 16, 2021Focal, the French brand renowned worldwide for its audio expertise, unveils a new reference: Clear Mg. In addition to their sophisticated finishes, the sound reproduction of these open-back headphones is even sharper than that of their Clear predecessor. The luxury of Focal products lies in their performance and the experience they offer, as well as in every detail that enhances the object to make it more than a set of headphones.

INNOVATIVE HEADPHONES MADE IN FRANCE

After four years of research and development, the engineers at Focal have designed a Magnesium dome for the Clear Mg speaker drivers. This new alloy, combined with an ‘M’-shaped dome, contributes to even more lightness, rigidity and damping, the three success factors for a speaker driver. The sound reproduction is fine, precise and impactful, for a strikingly realist sound. Combined with an amplifier/DAC, Clear Mg headphones display impressive performance. Thanks to an impedance of 55 Ohms, they can also be used without compromise with a portable audio player. The St. Étienne brand first positioned itself on the global market of Hi-Fi headphones in 2016. This unique savoir-faire, combined with French manufacturing mastered in its own workshops, has led Focal to be recognized by the French state as a Living Heritage Company (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant).

 

SOPHISTICATED DESIGN AND MATERIALS: AN ELEGANT OBJECT

In developing its products, Focal places design and materials at the forefront in its mission to create the ultimate sound and listening comfort. The solid aluminum yoke has been developed to perfectly mold to the face, the headband covered in genuine leather and microfiber offers a constant curve, no matter which way the head turns, and the perforated microfiber earpads result in enhanced opening and comfort. The outside of the earpads boasts a sophisticated honeycomb pattern: an elegance contributed to by the brand-new Chestnut and Mixed-Metals finish which blend classic and modern looks. For a perfect package, the carrying case has been woven in colors to match the headphones.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The Focal Clear Mg will be $1,490, and available in the US in March 2021. For more information on Focal products visit here, https://www.focal.com/us/headphones/for-home/clear-mg.

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FOCAL Clear Mg Headphones Announced

Following in the tradition of excellence found in both the Focal Utopia (reviewed by Grover Neville) and Focal Stellia (reviewed by Dave McNair and Nan Pincus), we have the all-new Focal Clear MG for the home and on the go. Myself am excited to get my hands and ears on a review pair when they become available. All early reports are that the new Focal Clear MG includes a bevy of refinements over the outgoing model. For more information on the new Focal Clear MG, check out the press release enclosed below. Cheers. Press Release Below Focal Presents Clear Mg, New Luxury Headphones for The Home March 16, 2021 – Focal, the French brand renowned worldwide for its audio expertise, unveils a new reference: Clear Mg. In addition to their sophisticated finishes, the sound reproduction of these open-back headphones is even sharper than that of their Clear predecessor. The luxury of Focal products lies in their performance and the experience they offer, as well as in every detail that enhances the object to make it more than a set of headphones. INNOVATIVE HEADPHONES MADE IN FRANCE After four years of research and development, the engineers at Focal have designed a [...]

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Focal Naim Canada Adds Clearaudio for Canada Sales Distribution

The following is a press release issued by Focal.

Montreal | February 9, 2021Focal Naim Canada announced today it will immediately begin distribution of Clearaudio in Canada. With the incorporation of Clearaudio, Focal Naim Canada will add a lineup of high-end audio made in Germany to its current audio partners.

“Focal Naim Canada is proud to distribute Clearaudio with its 40-plus years of hi-fi history and award-winning products,” said Roman Vet, VP Marketing of Focal Naim Canada. “We are committed to supporting our brands and providing our network of dealers with the best in high-end audio and Clearaudio is a tremendous addition to our portfolio.”

“We are very pleased that Focal Naim Canada is our new partner with its extensive audio experience and dealer network,” said Robert Suchy, CEO of Clearaudio. “We are excited to bring our quality and high-performance products to the audiophile needs in Canada.”

Focal Naim Canada is dedicated to offering complete audio solutions, and with the addition of Clearaudio’s product lineup now offers turntables, tonearms, cartridges, phono stages and accessories.

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Focal Presents Celestee, New Luxury Headphones

The following is a press release issued by Focal.

January 28, 2021 – Following the launch of Stellia in 2019, global audio leader Focal presents Celestee. Delivering uncompromising audio quality, these headphones feature modern design and a blue finish, showcasing the French brand’s savoir-faire in audio. Focal has been present on the headphones market since 2012, developing a universally acclaimed collection of open-back and closed-back headphones.

A BRAND-NEW NAVY-BLUE COLOR 

Focal focuses on combining sophisticated shades to create headphones with a highly original identity, unique in its market segment. The brand has chosen Navy Blue after working with a Designer & Product Colorist. It is the first time this blue has made an appearance in the Focal collection, and it blends harmoniously with the Soft Copper finish.

“Navy is the new Black. Dark blue is a versatile and timeless color that has been increasing in popularity. By choosing Navy Blue, we are adding a sophisticated, sumptuous feel to the headphones. The combination of this blue with copper and bronze accents is a trend influenced by interior and accessory design, and has become popular in watchmaking and consumer electronics sectors. These shades offer a very interesting and elegant alternative to more traditional chrome and silver parts.” Doris Bölck, Designer & Product Colorist

 

UNIQUE FOCAL SAVOIR-FAIRE 

For over 40 years, Focal has been characterized by French innovation and manufacturing. The engineers have taken inspiration from their developments with the Elegia headphones and introduced acoustic treatment inside the Celestee earcups. The sound is precise, balanced and boasts beautiful depth in the bass. This exclusive technology is enhanced by the French savoir-faire of Focal: once the five manufacturing stages involved in the speaker drivers are complete, they are tested and measured, and then kitted out by dedicated teams to provide uncompromising audio quality.

 

FINE MATERIALS AND COMFORT 

Celestee incorporates a combination of fine materials. Once again, attention is paid to every detail, including the accessories with the thermoformed woven carrying case in colors to match the headphones. The clean lines of the aluminum yoke create controlled geometry to mold perfectly to the head while providing optimal grip. The choice of a semi-aniline leather and microfiber headband, as well as leather earpads, provides added comfort while offering excellent soundproofing, whether you use Celestee at home or on the go.

 

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The Focal Celestee will be $990, and available in the US in February. For more information visit here, https://www.focal.com/us/headphones/for-home/celestee.

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FOCAL Stellia Headphone, Arche Amplifier | REVIEW

I don’t listen to headphones like the Focal Stellia (website). Okay, let me back up—I listen to headphones all the time, just not for pleasure, but rather to check my work in the studio and occasionally to make eq decisions on a master. Words by Dave McNair and Nan Pincus When Eric Franklin Shook asked me if I wanted to review some headphones, I said “Uh, I don’t think so.” “Wait, these are special ‘phones—the Focal Stellia AND their killer headamp the Arche,” he says. “Okay, I’ll give it a shot,” I reply since I know Eric to be the best at deciphering the fake news you can trust. Dave McNair’s Take So here I am with these gorgeous, French-made beauties. The Focal Stellia headphones look like they’d be at home on location at the season’s showing of the new Chanel or YSL line. Not too blingy but a certain unmistakable French elegance in fit and finish. After I whipped up a batch of Coq au Vin and got out a bottle of vintage Bordeaux, I sat down to listen to some Serge Gainsbourg. Tonight, the headphones will deliver you the words I can’t say The first thing I did [...]

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FOCAL Utopia Headphone, Arche Amplifier | REVIEW

Focal Utopia. “World’s Best Headphone.” This was the proclamation made by the man who gave me my first job doing headphone reviews, my mentor and predecessor at Innerfidelity, Tyll Hertsens. As a young teenager I remember learning a lot from Tyll and Innerfidelity, and the exciting discussions of his reviews and measurements that made their way onto the forums at head-fi and other sites. Words and Photos by Grover Neville To my great surprise, the reviewing game came with far fewer entitlements or perks than I had been led to believe by cynical forum goers. By contrast, earning manufacturers trust as a young reviewer was a process – not an uphill battle, but certainly a proving ground of sorts. I always felt the need to hold up the standards that had been set by the OGs as it were. Those guys worked hard, damn hard at their jobs. “The Best Headphone in the World!” The declaration then of the Focal Utopia (website) as the world’s best headphone was a moment to pause and reflect, we had all been to the summit and back, and though these would not be the last headphones to earn the moniker, they were first that [...]

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Coast Mastering Opens Immersive Room

Mastering engineer Michael Romanowski recently completed a new facility at Coast Mastering
Mastering engineer Michael Romanowski recently completed a new facility at Coast Mastering

Berkeley, CA (November 19, 2020)—Mastering engineer Michael Romanowski recently completed a new facility at Coast Mastering that is outfitted to handle projects up to Dolby Atmos 9.1.6.

The new mastering room was designed by Romanowski along with acoustical consultant Bob Hodas, who also tuned the room. California-based audio engineer and studio design consultant Bob Levy worked closely with the build-team from the beginning of the project.

Coast Mastering features equipment chosen over Romanowski’s 30 years as a recording, mixing, and mastering engineer, both in Nashville and the San Francisco Bay Area. On the audio software side, Romanowski has been mastering immersive audio projects using the Steinberg Nuendo software for many years.

Compiling the Box Set of America

A main feature of the new studio are the Focal Scala Utopia EM speakers for left, right, and center channels which tower at almost six feet tall, and Focal Utopia Diablo Evo speakers for the six surrounds, which are all paired with Bricasti amplifiers and converters, and Wireworld cables. The subwoofer is by Meyer Sound, while the six height speakers are by Neumann. Stillpoint Aperture acoustic treatment was used throughout the new studio.

“As a music fan, I have really been enjoying the variety of styles of music that I have mastered in Atmos, with Alicia Keys, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The U.S. Army Field Band, Fantastic Negrito, The Devil in California, and a local Bay Area Latin fusion band, Vibrason, among many other projects,” said Romanowski.

“I built my first mastering room in 2000 for 5.1 surround with Paul Stubblebine, then moved to immersive sound adding height speakers in 2018. My new mastering room was built specifically for immersive formats including Dolby Atmos. It’s such a joy to work in and to really hear the music as it is, so I can make the best decisions for my clients.”

Coast Mastering • www.coastmastering.com

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DALI IO 6 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones | REVIEW

Look down, think of a Danish speaker brand that starts with D, look up, think of a Danish speaker brand that isn’t Dynaudio. I’ve had a number of run-ins with Dali speakers over the years, but they’ve never been as firmly planted in my mind as some other brands–but I’ve always thought they seemed to put out a nice enough product. I’ve just never sat down with a Dali for long enough to know, and to tell the truth I didn’t really do much research when a review sample came across my desk. The Dali IO 6? Another pair of headphones from a reasonably well-known speaker brand, Bluetooth, noise-cancelling, a laundry list of facilities, $500 price-point, I’m nodding my head absent-mindedly. Words by Grover Neville What the dickens? Cue surprised pikachu face meme. I ripped the cans off my head the first time I heard them. This can’t be right, I thought. The Dali IO 6 sound goods. I mean, really good, as in “better than some of my proper headphone rigs” good. What the hell? Clearly I underestimated these puppies. Let’s go in for round two. The DALI IO 6 is, in a sense, unremarkable in its Danish classiness. The [...]

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