In 2011 Focal introduced its first multimedia system, the Focal XS 2.1, which pushed the limits of sound quality that one can achieve from a computer with its bass enclosure, its speakers, and its integrated iPod dock.
The new Focal XS Book speakers are a natural evolution of the XS line. This time, there is no dock, no sound card, there are only active loudspeakers to join to the computer via an analog cable (RCA inputs or 3.5mm jack).
Focal technologies used in the XS Book include an aluminum dome tweeter and a 4″ (10cm) proprietary Polyglass cone woofer, which permit XS Book to cover a large bandwidth from 55Hz to 22 kHz, with a maximum sound pressure level of 96dB SPL at 1m. In fact, this special woofer is actually the same design as in the company’s pro monitors. Other notable design aspects are the vented port with complex shapes to control air-flow turbulence and noise, and a high- performance, custom-made 2 x 20 Watt amplifier.
So much more than a ‘computer’ or desktop speaker, XS Book will happily leave the desk to go to another room. Thanks to its big, powerful sound, it can accompany a flatscreen TV or be used as music dedicated speakers on a stand or on a bookshelf. There are many possible applications for Focal XS Book where it will shine.
The XS Book was also designed it to be easy-to-use. It needs only to be connected to the mains, an audio signal supplied by 3.5mm or RCA inputs, and the supplied cable to connect the master speaker to the slave.
Finally, XS Book is compatible with the Omnimount AB2 norm in order to be easily combined with all accessories (on-wall fixing jointed or fixed for example).
The XS Book will retail for $399 US.
For more info, please visit www.focal.com.