Focal Aria 936 K2 Floorstanding Speakers (Ash Grey)
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Stunning Ash Grey Cabinetry From The Utopia Line
Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy Inverted Dome Tweeter
Aramid Fibres Sandwich Midrange & Bass Drivers
Powerflow Multiple Port Technology For Dynamic Bass
About The Focal Aria 936 K2 Floorstanding Speakers
The Focal Aria 936 K2 floorstanding speaker is a special version of the original with upgraded drivers and a stunning Ash Grey finish from the Utopia line for an extra dose of French elegance.
The Aria 936 K2, like all the 900 series speakers, is a fairly traditional looking speaker that will fit into any type of interior. It’s kind of like the Rolex Explorer of speakers, suitable for any occasion. Which does not mean it doesn’t have same beautiful design touches. This K2 version features a high-end Ash Grey finish from the Utopia line for an extra dose of class and elegance. The front baffle is covered in a leather look material & the top of the speaker in glass. There is also what Focal refer to as Powerflow multiple port technology to allow the bass to be as dynamic and uncompressed as possible. These speakers almost disappear with the full length magnetic grille on but come alive with the colourful look of the K2 drivers when the grilles are removed.
A Closer Look
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 sky high.
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.
This is a dynamic sounding speaker incorporating three 6.5” (165 mm) bass drivers and is designed for rooms measuring from 25 square metres and up.
Aramid Fibres Sandwich Cone: The Aramid fibres sandwich cone, recognisable by its distinctive yellow colour, is the symbol of the K2 Power Car Audio line. Used in JMLab Vega and Antea high-fidelity speakers, the K2 sandwich cone was introduced for the first time in 1986 with the use of Polykevlar. The Poly-K cone is composed of two layers of aramid fibres, applied to either side of a hollow micro-ball structure in order to improve the balance between weight, rigidity and damping.
In 2016, the Aramid fibres cone evolved into the K2 cone, but preserved its identity and the combination of its three key factors: rigidity, lightness and damping. The goal: guaranteeing high-quality audio reproduction whatever the genre of music you listen to. It is now composed of a very light foam layer, between a layer of Aramid fibres and a layer of fibreglass, ensuring clear and precise sound, void of any colouration.
Even More Technology Behind The Aria 936 K2: Of course, a good cone is just one part of a good loudspeaker unit. That is why the Aria 936 K2’s transducers incorporate a new injected Zamak basket providing maximum rear decompression and Klippel optimised motor systems providing them 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 936 K2’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. The floorstanding cabinet comes complete with a cast aluminium plinth both to improve the floor coupling and to optimise the air flow from the downward firing vent. And the 936 K2 incorporates three vents, in fact, (two horizontal and one vertical) in PowerFlow configuration for a 50% air movement speed reduction in the vents, reducing turbulence and noise leading to zero dynamic compression. Finally, the midrange and treble sections have their own sealed enclosures with non-parallel walls to minimise internal standing waves.
The Aria 936 K2 is available in a high-end Ash Grey finish from the Utopia line for an extra dose of class and elegance. 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 936 K2 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.
In The News
"A big, spacious sound, tonally neutral, with impressive dynamics, and powerful bass for the size of the speaker. That was my capsule description of the sound of Focal's Chorus 826W 30th Anniversary, and it also describes the Aria 936, which is all of those things—and more. As befits its somewhat larger size and additional woofer, the Aria 936 reaches further down into the bass, without the bass sounding boomy or bloated. No longer having samples of the Chorus 826W on hand for comparison, and thus having to rely on my memory and listening notes, I may be on thin ice here, but I'm comfortable saying that the sound of the Aria 936 is more detailed and more transparent, and its highs are particularly clear and extended without sounding in any way forward or clinical. Soundstages are bigger, and aural images within those soundstages are more precisely defined.
The word voice has long been associated with the reproduction of music, going back to His Master's Voice, Electro-Voice, and Altec's Voice of the Theater. It is thus most appropriate that Focal has named their newest line of speakers Aria, a term that refers to vocal music. With the right source and suitable partnering electronics, the Aria 936 sings with a beautiful voice.” Stereophile
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: 5-driver, 3-way floorstanding speaker
- 1" (25mm) Aluminium/Magnesium TNF inverted dome tweeter
- 6.5" (165mm) Aramid Fibres K2 midrange
- 3 x 6.5" (165mm) Aramid Fibres K2 bass drivers
- Sensitivity: 92dB (2.83V/1m)
- Frequency Response: 39Hz - 28kHz (+/-3dB)
- Low Frequency Point: 32Hz (-6dB)
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Minimum Impedance: 2.8 Ohms
- Recommended Amplifier Power: 50 - 300W
- Crossover Frequency: 260 Hz & 3,100Hz
- Finish: Ash Grey
- Dimensions (WxHxD) 294 x 1,150 x 371mm
- Weight: 29kg each
- Manufacturer’s Warranty: 5 Years
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE