Focal debuts Astral 16 Dolby Atmos multiroom AV receiver with Dirac Live

posted on Wednesday, 29th May 2019 by Steve May

home cinema  Multi-room  High-end  High Res Audio 

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Audio specialist Focal has unveiled its first high-end AV receiver, the Astral 16, a collaboration with Immersive Audio Technologies.

Integrating a Class D Pascal Audio amplifier, Astral 16 has 16 channels, of which 12 are amplified and 4 are pre-amplified (via balanced XLR outputs). It's Dolby Atmos and DTS:X enabled, and offers room calibration through Dirac Live, courtesy of a supplied calibrated measurement microphone.

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Compatible with Control4, Crestron, Savant and RTI, the AVR supports high-res audio up to 192 kHz, and is multiroom capable. Owners can play a movie, in one room while playing high-res music in another. Set-up is fully customisable, and comes with an iOS app which can drive the system room by room. Integrators can also offer remote monitoring technical support.

The Focal Astral 16 retails for £19,999.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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