Available in both traditional and 70-volt versions for consumer and professional installations
Alberta, CANADA, April 27, 2016 — Focal®, a leading French speaker manufacturer, today announces the company’s new line of outdoor speakers are now available in the US for the first time. The Custom OD 108 and OD 108-T and Chorus OD 706-V and OD 706-VT feature high-quality components to create an aural experience in open air outdoor environments.
Both the OD 108 and OD 706-V offer an 8 Ohm (?) impedance speaker for traditional connection to an AV receiver or amplifier, while both models are also available in 70V / 100V version for long range and mid-range configurations.
“While small, portable Bluetooth speakers have certainly made it easier to play music outdoors, they will never be able to offer the same sonic experience as having a single pair or multiple pairs of outdoor speakers placed around the backyard or outdoor installation,” said Ben Jensen, president of Focal North America. “The OD 108 and OD 706-V offer an incredible soundstage, high-performance crystal-clear audio covering a large frequency range as well as other convenient features for mounting versatility and additional customization such as a paintable outer cabinet. With two sizes and two configurations for each model, these are just as perfect for a customer’s home as they are for a multi-speaker installation at a theme park.”
All four models in the OD line-up are perfectly suited to add music to an outdoor space, use for a public address system or even to provide a better audio experience from an outdoor TV. Due to their weatherproofing and rugged build quality, they can easily be left outside in all environments without fear for breaking down, even in harsh moist environments.
The OD 108 and OD 108-T (70/100 V version) outdoor loudspeakers are equipped with an 8″ (21cm) glass fiber cone and a 1” Aluminum inverted dome tweeter to deliver a powerful sound with solid bass, thanks to their high-efficiency and high power-handling rating, as well as a 2-way bass reflex enclosure with a bass port. Suitable in both an outdoor space larger than 30m as well as in close range installations, the OD 108 is a versatile loudspeaker, able to work perfectly at any volume.
The Chorus OD 706-V and OD 706-VT utilize a smaller 6.5” woofer, however feature an even higher performance inverted dome tweeter made of magnesium, for an even larger frequency range extending out to 28kHz when needed. Additionally, the 2-way closed design enclosure offers efficient power handling while providing deep, yet clean and tight bass.
For installers looking for an incredibly flexible model, the 70/100 volt versions in both the OD 108 and OD 706-V, feature a designator switch for toggling between 8ohm / 70V / 100 V power handling, allowing them to be used as a traditional speaker or run in series to allow multiple speakers to be daisy-chained together from a single power source.
Some other great features include flexible mounting options, allowing them to be mounted in both vertical and horizontal configurations, using a jointed and notched fixing attachment to enable multiple positions to ensure the proper angle. Additionally, the included anti-vibration foam rubber cushion on the base of the removable mounting plate ensures a secure fit and prevents unwanted buzzing against the mounted surface when used at higher volumes or bass-heavy tracks.
All four models are constructed with a high damping box made of UV treated, ABS plastic and can be painted to match an installation, including the punched aluminum grill.
The new Custom and Chorus Outdoor Series are slated to be available from retail and online partners in May, 2016 for the suggested retail price of $349.00 USD ea. (OD 108); $540.00 USD ea. (OD 108 T); $429.00 USD ea. (OD 706 V), $665.00 USD ea. (OD 706 VT). For more information, please visit, http://www.focal.com/.
About Focal North America
Focal North America was established in June, 2015 as a joint venture between French-based manufacturer of Hi-Fi and multimedia products, Focal-JMlab and B&B Electronics Ltd., a distribution company specializing in Automotive, Marine, GPS Telematics and Consumer Electronics products. Based in Alberta, Canada, Focal North America will serve as the exclusive importer and distributor of numerous products including headphones, soundbars, 5.1 home theater systems and numerous products aimed at the custom install market while additional loudspeaker and automotive products will remain under the global Focal-JMlab umbrella for distribution throughout North America.
For more information on Focal North America, visit www.focalna.com.