Focal unveils Kanta No. 2 floorstander, with advanced acoustics and high-end design

posted on Tuesday, 17th October 2017 by Steve May

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Focal has introduced the Kanta No. 2, a high-end floorstanding speaker which adopts technologies developed for its flagship Utopia range. Part of the brand’s Classic Home Audio collection, this compact 3-way floorstanding speaker combines Focal’s Flax sandwich cone speaker driver system, here represented by a 16.5cm midrange driver and two 16.5cm bass drivers, with a high-end Beryllium tweeter (pictured below).

Hand made in France, the Focal Flax cone sandwiches flax fibre between two thin layers of glass fibre, for high rigidity and speed. Attributes are said to comprise a richness of the midrange register and tighter bass.

Kanta _Tweeter _Face Crop

The Kanta employs the company’s ‘Focus Time’ driver alignment technology, which positions the drivers so that all soundwaves arrive at the listener’s ears at the same time. In addition, ‘Power Port’ technology is used, with a port on the front and one on the rear of each speaker, extending bass response and limiting any dynamic compression of the bass signals.

Focal has also developed a new material for the baffle: mono-bloc high-density polymer (HDP). The material is said to offer a significantly higher performance than MDF, being 70 per cent denser, 15 per cent more rigid, with increased damping.

The Flax cone sandwich, the speaker drivers and final hand-assembly are all hand-built at the Focal manufacturing plant in Saint-Etienne, along with all other Focal Home Audio products, including the Utopia, Sopra, Electra, Aria and Chorus lines.

Cosmetic touches include a glass plate on the top of the loudspeaker, and magnetic, beret-type grilles.

The housing is available in a lacquered black High Gloss finish or with a Walnut veneer. The front panel is available in four different colours for each of the two finishes. With the black High Gloss housing: 4 High Gloss finishes for the front panel: Carrara White, Gauloise Blue, Solar Yellow, Black Lacquer. With the wood veneer housing: 4 matt finishes for the front panel: Ivory, Warm Taupe, Gauloise Blue, Dark Grey.

The Focal Kanta retails at £6,999.

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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