CONCENTRATION OF TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION

Compact and powerful, Sopra N°1 is a concentration of technological innovation.  Beyond this attractive first impression, what’s astonishing is the texture and smoothness of its sound. It provides a solid, “fleshy” sound with full and articulated bass.

THE NEW EPITOME OF TODAY’S PREMIUM LOUDSPEAKERS.

Sopra n°2 clearly inaugurates a new era for the “Premium High End” by taking into account new performance criteria. Compact, modern, a pure design,character… all these are essential factors to ensure perfect integration into your interior.

THE ELDET OF THE LINE, THE SOPRA N°3 LOUDSPEAKER

Perfectly combines dynamics, spatialisation and har – monic richness. With its two 81/4 ” (21cm) woofers, it delivers solid and rich bass with perfect definition, satisfying the high demands of audio enthusiasts looking for ultimate performance. Despite its reasonable size, its full potential can be heard in rooms measuring up to 850 ft² (80m²).

NEUTRAL INDUCTANCE CIRCUIT

Stabilising the magnetic field

Since the beginning, Focal has always had a great interest in the magnetic circuit, an essential aspect of a speaker drive unit. The precision and detail of audio reproduction depends on the stability of the magnetic field.

After having pushed back the limits in electromagnetic technology with the Grande Utopia EM and the Stella Utopia EM, Focal’s engineer discovered that the magnetic field varies regardless of its intensity. Indeed, it is not stable because it is modulated by three factors: the movement of the voice coil (Lenz’s law), the current passing through it (Foucault current) and the frequency. Consequently, the voice coil, the moving part, is in the magnetic field which becomes too variable, and this leads to loss of precision.

The NIC technology lies in a Faraday ring whose dimensions, materials and positioning were optimised to make the magnetic field be no longer affected by the position of the voice coil, by the amperage or the frequency of the current passing through it. This solution permits to control the magnetic field to decrease the effects of distortion and give the sound a very high-definition and an unprecedented dynamic.

TUNED MASS DAMPER

The obsession with the midrange

The midrange register is no doubt the most complicated to control in a sound system.

Thanks to the power of finite element analysis, Focal’s team have revealed resonances which alter definition in the suspension which connects the cone to the basket

The solutions already known for increasing the damping properties of the suspension all result in an increase of the mass which consequently alters definition. The answer came from a technology used in earthquake-resistant skyscrapers and which is also used for the suspension on racing cars. This technology is called a “Tuned Mass Damper”: an additional mass oscillates in opposition to the resonance frequency to control it.

The Tuned Mass Damper consists in simply two tubular rings on the suspension to avoid deformation of the cone without afflicting the dynamics. It reduces drastically the distortion and increase the definition.

This innovation is patented.

INFINITE HORN LOADING

Getting the most out of the Beryllium tweeter

Focal’s acclaimed Beryllium tweeter features an incredibly light and extremely rigid dome, that deliver a transparent and dynamic sound. Its main limitation comes from the compression of air in the cavity behind it, that create interference with the incredible definition. To overcome this, the ideal would be to have a nearly infinite volume. But the requirement for Sopra to be compact meant that as much of the cabinet as possible had to be used for the bass. We had to explore other options for loading the tweeter, which led to the development of the IHL system.

The rear of the Beryllium tweeter is loaded via a small cavity which is connected to the exterior of the enclosure by a horn. whom inside is filled with a damping material. Sound waves from the rear of the tweeter are delicately and gradually absorbed. Its acoustic impedance approaches zero so that no resistance alters the movement of the dome. This reduces distortion by 30% and pushes definition to its maximum.

This system is patented.

Sopra N°2 clearly inaugurates a new era for the “Premium High End” by taking into account new performance criteria. Compact, modern, a pure design, character… all these are essential factors to ensure perfect integration into your interior. Equipped with the best midrange speaker drivers ever developed by Focal, with the NIC and TMD technologies, Sopra N°2 pushes back the limits of sound reproduction in terms of transparency in a very compact enclosure.

After the exhibition of cutting-edge high-tech products at this year’s EISA convention in Brussels, the floor standing high-fidelity loudspeaker Sopra N°2 caught the attention of the well informed jury who rewarded it with the EISA Award 2015 for Best Product in the High-End Loudspeaker category. This follows a previous award for the Premium Sopra range of loudspeakers which was voted best product at the High End Show 2015 in Munich.

This new award marks Sopra’s success in the world of Premium loudspeakers and is Focal’s 10th EISA Award since 2002. In 2014, the Dimension sound bar was another of Focal’s products to be praised by the jury.

INNOVATIVE AND SOPHISTICATED DESIGN

Following on from Utopia and keeping in line with all Focal loudspeakers, the design of Sopra is the result of a very close collaboration between designers and engineers, a passionate quest aiming to conciliate complex constraints, experience, as well as sophisticated and innovative solutions, and all of this would have to be almost invisible, leading to something obvious, immediate simplicity for the pleasure and the purity of an unforgettable listening experience.

The Sopra line is designed for sound enthusiasts. When expectations are so high, the design must provide solutions which go far beyond aesthetics and shape. This represents a great deal of work in terms of industrial design, which must serve acoustic experts and favour performance, whilst bringing together the qualities expected of an object which will be integrated into very elegant interiors and décors.

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Sopra N°1

CONTROLED BASS AND MAXIMAL COMPACTNESS

The Sopra line is destined for the most passionate sound enthusiasts. Its design favours performance, whilst bringing together the qualities expected of an object which will be integrated into very elegant interiors and décors. Lacquered or bloodwood finishes are associated to noble materials to create an elegant line. 

Ideal for small rooms up to 270ft2 (25m2), Sopra n°1 is also ideal for spaces up to 550ft2 (50m2). Providing high sensitivity and excellent power handling, Sopra N°1 is a true little monitor for the home.

Sopra N°1 is supplied with a special stand which has been designed to expel interfering vibrations from the enclosure towards the floor to avoid any colouration. The steel frame inside the floorstander, coupled with the 03⁄4″ (19mm) thick glass base using four adjustable stainless steel spikes, provides very high transmission speeds. This is what guarantees an extremely sharp reproduction.

Sopra N°2

BEYOND AESTHETICS AND SHAPE

Weighing 120 lbs (55kg), Sopra n°2 is by no means envious of its larger competitors… Thus weight and compactness are well balanced to provideimpressive density and articulation. What’s more, the cabinet’s Gamma Structure with a 69mm front panel provides remarkable inertia considering such a size.

The two 7” (18cm) woofers for the bass register equipped with natural inductance magnetic circuits benefit from a substantial volume thanks to the tweeter’s IHL, allowing us to take full advantage of the cabinet’s capacity.

This remarkable control of the bass makes Sopra n°2 even easier to integrate. It is perfectly at ease in rooms measuring up to 320ft2 (30m2), and is even ideal for larger rooms measuring up to 750ft2 (70m2).

BEYOND AESTHETICS AND SHAPE

Weighing 120 lbs (55kg), Sopra n°2 is by no means envious of its larger competitors… Thus weight and compactness are well balanced to provideimpressive density and articulation. What’s more, the cabinet’s Gamma Structure with a 69mm front panel provides remarkable inertia considering such a size.

The two 7” (18cm) woofers for the bass register equipped with natural inductance magnetic circuits benefit from a substantial volume thanks to the tweeter’s IHL, allowing us to take full advantage of the cabinet’s capacity.

This remarkable control of the bass makes Sopra n°2 even easier to integrate. It is perfectly at ease in rooms measuring up to 320ft2 (30m2), and is even ideal for larger rooms measuring up to 750ft2 (70m2).

MASTERING THE CABINET AND CHOICE OF MATERIALS

Made in France: Sopra’s cabinet was designed in Focal’s cabinet-making facility in Bourbon-Lancy (Burgundy, France) using the same manufacturing process as for Utopia. The 69mm sandwich-machined front panel uses the same principle as ‘Gamma Structure’ to provide inertia and damping. Its density gives it the inertia necessary to provide a stable mechanical reference for optimal definition. Focal chose glass as the material for the base of the loudspeaker to provide floor coupling, using spikes, which enabled the fastest propagation time possible, thus eliminating all halo effects in the bass.

Cabinets manufactured
in Burgundy

Sopra’s cabinets are designed in our cabinet-making facility in Bourbon-Lancy using the same manufacturing process as for Utopia.

Speaker drivers and tweeters
made in Saint-Etienne

All Sopra’s speaker drivers are manufactured in France for an optimal products control and the guarantee of a unique sound quality.

Assembling
and quality control

The final hand assembly of all Focal hi-fi loudspeakers is done at their fabrication facilities to ensure a better quality control.

FINISHES

Black Lacquer

Carrara White

Imperial Red

Electric Orange

Walnut Veineer