I’ve been waiting a long time for this one.
Yes, I’m late to the party, but I’ve been trying to get ahold of these speakers since they were released at the end of 2019. Now they’re finally here. The Chora 806’s (Reg. $998, currently on sale for $798) are part of Focal’s most affordable speaker line, yet they still incorporate a lot of their signature technology like the inverted dome tweeter (aluminum /magnesium) and a poron (like memory foam) tweeter suspension pulled from their flagship Utopia speakers.
This setup is designed to provide an expansive soundstage with a smooth treble; judging from first impressions, it does the job. These speakers produce one of the tallest and widest soundstages I’ve ever heard, and in addition, the treble is very smooth as advertised.
The Chora 806 also utilizes a newly developed 6-1/2″ Slatefiber mid/bass woofer, which incorporates recycled carbon fibers for remarkable lightness and stiffness, which, as we all know, is the holy grail for speaker drivers. Again, from first impressions, it provides these speakers with outstanding bass dynamics. I would say they rival some floorstanding speakers.
On top of the usual technological advancements that we’ve come to expect from Focal’s France-based engineers, these speakers also have a lovely modern aesthetic which should be high on WAF (wife acceptance factor). I received the combination grey/dark wood finish, which is my favorite of the available choices, which also includes a cream/light wood combo and a black/black option.
The metallic grilles, which cover only the woofer, and the chrome logo on top of each speaker add some additional classiness to the design.
I will give these speakers a good listen and try to find an optimum amp pairing so I can provide a full report of this speaker’s capability and value. So stay tuned. Full review coming soon!
- 1″ TNF aluminum/magnesium inverted dome tweeter
- 6-1/2″ Slatefiber woofer
- bass-reflex design (front-firing)
- freq response: 58-28,000 Hz (±3dB)
- nominal impedance: 8 ohms
- sensitivity: 89 dB
- recommended amp power: 25-120 watts
- 8-5/16″W x 17″H x 10-11/16″D
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I’m an audio writer who started as a young audio salesman/consumer electronics professional back in the late 90s. That’s where I discovered the magic of 2-Channel sound. My hunger for great sound has led me on a delightful music quest that continues today.