Focal Aria CC 900 Centre Speaker

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Perfect Match For Focal Aria Range

Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy Inverted Dome Tweeter

Flax Glass Fibre Sandwich Mid/Bass Drivers

Dynamic Bass, Detailed & Articulate Vocal Clarity

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About The Focal Aria CC 900 Centre Speaker

The Focal Aria CC 900 centre speaker is the perfect complement to the Aria range of stand mount and floorstanding speakers when home theatre is part of the recipe. It is small enough to fit comfortably in almost any domestic setting and yet it has a large enough sound to match even the biggest, baddest Aria speakers.

The Aria CC 900 centre, like all the 900 series speakers, is a fairly traditional looking speaker that will fit into pretty much 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. The sides of the speaker are fitted with either High Gloss Black or Noyer (Walnut in French) end caps while the rest of the speaker is wrapped with a leather look material for a sophisticated yet understated look. This speaker almost disappears with the magnetic grille on but comes alive with the wonderful look of the flax drivers when the grille is removed.

Focal Aria CC 900 Centre SpeakerWhat 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. The Aria 900 range comprises four sets of main speakers and this CC 900 centre channel is designed to match seamlessly with them in a high end home theatre system. This is a dynamic sounding speaker with great vocal clarity and articulation which incorporates two 6.5” (165 mm) mid/bass drivers and is designed for rooms measuring from 20 square metres and up.

 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 CC 900: Of course, a good cone is just one part of a good loudspeaker unit. That is why the Aria CC 900’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 CC 900’s cabinet is constructed from a combination of 18 and 24 mm controlled density HDF (High Density Fiberboard) with bracing at strategic points. The twin rear facing ports help enable deceptively powerful bass with almost no dynamic compression.

The Aria CC 900 is available with Walnut (Noyer) or Black High Gloss end caps. The rest of the cabinet is finished in leather with the front panel highlighted with brushed gunmetal trim rings. It exudes style and quality and will fit perfectly with both traditional and contemporary decors.

The Search For Excellence: The Aria CC 900 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.

Our Take On The Focal Aria CC 900 Centre Speaker

If your 2-channel audio system is built around Focal's Aria speakers, the Aria CC 900 centre is the natural choice for the move to home theatre. Like the Aria bookshelf and floor-standing models, it borrows advanced technologies originally developed for Focal's acclaimed Utopia speakers. Most importantly, it uses the Aria woofer and tweeter, guaranteeing seamless voice-matched sound across your front soundstage. Its reasonable size means the CC 900 will fit into most domestic cinema settings quite easily, but don’t be fooled, the CC 900 has a big open dynamic sound with great vocal articulation and clarity which belies its modest dimensions. If you are contemplating Focal Arias and are thinking about the move to home theatre then this is the centre to have.

Main Features & Specifications

  • Design: 3-driver, 2-way Centre Channel Speaker
  • Drivers
    • 1" (25mm) Aluminium/Magnesium TNF inverted dome tweeter
    • 2 x 6.5" (165mm) Flax mid/bass drivers
  • Sensitivity: 91dB (2.83V/1m)
  • Frequency Response: 57Hz - 28kHz (+/-3dB)
  • Low Frequency Point: 50Hz (-6dB)
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Minimum Impedance: 4.3 Ohms
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 40 - 200W
  • Crossover Frequency: 2,800Hz
  • Available Finishes: High Gloss Black & Noyer (Walnut)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) 533 x 200 x 245mm
  • Weight: 10.5kg
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 5 Years

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