Focal expands CI speaker line with new 100 and 300 Series

posted on Tuesday, 13th February 2018 by Steve May

Architectural  Loudspeakers  Hi-fi  Multi-room  home cinema  ISE 2018 

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Focal is expanding its interest in architectural speakers, with the introduction of the entry-level 100 Series and mid-priced 300 Series (pictured) at ISE 2018. Both offer a wide array of in-wall/in-ceiling models for Hi-Fi, AV and multiroom applications.

The compact, eventry-level in-ceiling 100 Series features a Polyglass mid/bass driver cone and aluminium inverted dome tweeter. The line is composed of three coaxial loudspeakers, all of which can be used as either in-wall or in ceiling loudspeakers (100 ICW5, 100 ICW6 and 100 ICW8), one coaxial in ceiling stereo loudspeaker (100 IC6ST), one in-ceiling loudspeaker (IC LCR5) and two products specifically intended for in wall use (100 IW6, 100 IWLCR5).

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The 300 Series range is made in France and features exclusive Focal technologies, such as its Flax cone and the aluminium-magnesium inverted dome tweeter. They also boast Focal’s EQI system (Easy Quick Install). The 300 Series (ICW4, ICW6, ICW8) has been joined by three new models (IW6, IWLCR6, ICLCR5). The 300 ICLCR5 is equipped with a left, centre, right channel selector to mechanically direct the sound towards the listening point, making it suitable for home cinemas.

For in-ceiling loudspeakers, the dedicated 300 ICLCR5 is equipped with an adjustable tweeter housing for directing sound towards the listening point. The tweeter level is also adjustable. The flagship is the IWLCR6 home cinema model.

Whether they're used as in-ceiling or in-wall loudspeakers, they require no tools to install, says the brand. The 100 Series is available this month, the 300 series will follow in May.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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