Focal Aria 906 Speakers
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An Excellent Solution For Small To Medium Size Spaces
Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy Inverted Dome Tweeter
Flax Glass Fibre Sandwich Mid/Bass Driver
Beautifully Constructed Cabinetry Using HDF, Glass & Leather
Optional Aria S900 Stands Available
About Focal Aria 906 Speakers
The Focal Aria 906 bookshelf speaker is the entry into the Aria 900 range and it incorporates many of the design and technology tricks enjoyed by its bigger brothers. The flax sandwich mid/bass driver brings a nicely natural character to sounds which is very pleasing and the Aria 906 deftly combines the subtlety of the flax drivers with the wonderful clarity of the unique Aluminium/Magnesium TNF inverted dome tweeter.
The Aria 906, like all the 900 series speakers, is a fairly traditional looking speaker that will fit into pretty much any type of interior. In that way it’s rather like the Rolex Explorer of speakers, suitable for any occasion. Which does not mean it doesn’t have some elegant design touches. Available in either a High Gloss Black or Noyer finish (Walnut in French), the front baffle is covered in a leather look material & the top of the speaker in glass. Visually, these speakers almost disappear with the magnetic grille on but come alive with the wonderful look of the flax drivers when the grilles are removed.
A Closer Look At Focal Aria 906
What Focal has cleverly aimed to do with the Aria 900 series is create a range of "Affordable High-End" speakers. There really are no compromises in design, construction and sound which makes the quality to price ratio very impressive.
The Aria 900 paves the way for radical technology changes and brings a new design combining stylish classicism with modernity. This approach befits new consumer thinking, now turned towards refined, long-lasting products. It represents a significant design shift away from earlier Focal speakers with their very strong design identity towards a more timeless, sober statement combining the mineral and the organic. The Aria 900 range comprises four sets of speakers and this 906 is the entry model and the only bookshelf speaker in the line-up. Although the style of sound is similar to the floorstanding models the scale of the sound is reduced accordingly and this speaker is naturally more at home in small to medium size rooms as small as approximately 15 square metres.
The "F" Cone, A Focal Patented Innovation: Some 18 years after Focal introduced its high-end "W" sandwich cones (glass-glass sandwich) to massive critical acclaim, it is launching its "F" (for Flax) sandwich cones, the result of more than five years' work towards achieving more affordable sandwich structures.
"W" cones are still the optimum solution in the search for the ultimate drive unit. The ideal cone should meet several opposing criteria: it should be very low in mass and be very stiff; sound should be able to travel through it very quickly, with no resonance. No single- material solution provides the answer - sandwich construction is the right way to go. "W" cones have just one disadvantage: they can only be made by hand and are, consequently, expensive. This precludes their use on all but the most expensive loudspeaker systems.
The use of an "eco-textile" like flax, together with composite technologies, brings an innovative solution to sandwich construction: a piece of very high quality flax is placed between two very thin glass fibre sheets. And of no little importance, the manufacturing process can be mechanised and automated, in response to the requirement for more affordable loudspeakers.
Even More Technology Behind The Aria 906: Of course, a good cone is just one part of a good loudspeaker unit. That is why the Aria 906’s mid/bass transducer incorporates a new injected Zamak basket providing maximum rear decompression and a Klippel optimised motor system providing the driver with ideal magnetic field distribution to ensure linearity, acceleration and control.
The new TNF tweeter has an aluminium/magnesium alloy inverted dome, for low mass, stiffness and ideal propagation speed. This gives it outstanding acceleration over a wide bandwidth with low colouration. The lightweight dome is supported on Poron suspension (for linearity) developed from the Utopia tweeter. The tweeter has a front plate waveguide to ensure ideal horizontal directivity with low diffraction.
Perfectionists' Cabinet-Work: Great drivers mounted in poorly designed enclosures will, sadly, sound like poor drivers. That is why the Aria 906’s cabinet is constructed from a combination of 18 and 24 mm controlled density HDF (High Density Fiberboard) with non-parallel sides and bracing at strategic points and features a front firing bass port.
The Aria 906 is available in Walnut (Noyer) or Black High Gloss. The cabinet has a glass top and leather finished front highlighted with brushed gunmetal trim rings. They exude style and quality and will fit perfectly with both traditional and contemporary decors.
The Search For Excellence: The Aria 906 crossover is carefully designed using an expert combination of science and art. Given today's measurement and design tools, it is easy to produce a good loudspeaker (if one has the capacity to design them and build them consistently, of course). So, if one is content with the merely "good", the job is done and small corrections can be left to the crossovers. But for Focal, only the best will do and for the best, problems have to be resolved at source with exceptional loudspeakers that limit the role of the crossover to that of a frequency "signalman". Great loudspeakers take significantly longer to design and require marrying the art of listening with that of subtly modifying the crossover to give that extra something that makes a good loudspeaker great. These small "somethings" are what bring music to life, what make it so expressive.
Made In France: Focal designs and manufactures all its loudspeakers in France in its 17,400m2 R&D and manufacturing facility in Saint-Etienne. Having total control over design and manufacture brings huge advantages in terms of optimising designs: every loudspeaker in any particular range can have its own specific drive unit optimised for that specific enclosure. This also brings considerable advantages in the areas of innovation, quality and consistency of build. And that is why, in 2002, Focal relocated all its loudspeakers production to its manufacturing facility in Saint-Etienne, making it unique in the industry.
Aria 906 In The News
The Focal Aria 906 is a two-way bookshelf speaker, and is the first of the Arias we’ve tested. If it’s performance is anything to go by, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. It’s a big sound for starters. There’s a sense of scale here that we rarely, if ever, hear at this price. It’s tall, wide, and effortlessly encompassing.
It’s also muscular, with enough authority to hold you to your seat, but not so much that you feel bullied. That has a lot to do with the 906's bass, which is abundant, weighty and nicely extended. Despite the size and power of the sound, the level of control is impressive. We played a mix of classical, pop and rap (Holst, Rihanna and Eminem) and the performance was consistently agile.
It’s a mature, stable performance with considerable polish. And yet, the Focals aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Far-reaching dynamics ensure there’s strong kick where necessary, and a keen sense of timing drives tracks along confidently without seeming pushy. Elsewhere, the 906s are tonally balanced and well integrated. The clear treble, direct midrange and rich low-end play together nicely enough to sound exciting with a variety of music styles. What Hi-Fi?
With the debut of Aria, Focal has unleashed a powerful and persuasive range ready to go head-to-head with the likes of Sonus faber, Revel, KEF, and other notables. As compacts go, the 906 touches all the right sonic bases for me. But more than that, these factors all dovetail into a single conclusion - that time and again, the Aria 906 just gets music right and, at a couple of grand, does so for a song. And true to its name, that’s a lot to sing about. The Absolute Sound
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: 2-driver, 2-way bookshelf/stand mount speaker
- 1" (25mm) Aluminium/Magnesium TNF inverted dome tweeter
- 6.5" (165mm) Flax mid/bass driver
- Sensitivity: 89.5dB (2.83V/1m)
- Frequency Response: 55Hz - 28kHz (+/-3dB)
- Low Frequency Point: 47Hz (-6dB)
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Minimum Impedance: 4.6 Ohms
- Recommended Amplifier Power: 25 - 120W
- Crossover Frequency: 2,800Hz
- Finish: High Gloss Black, Noyer
- Optional Aria S900 Stands Available
- Dimensions (WxHxD) 225 x 390 x 280mm
- Weight: 8.5kg each
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 Years (Covers faulty workmanship and materials, but not abuse)
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE