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Focal Chorus 705

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by Dave Bar
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Why choose bookshelf speakers?

Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.

A bookshelf speaker par excellence

Whether your passion tends toward music or movies, Focal's Chorus 705 bookshelf speakers will give you the rich, dynamic sound you need to enjoy all of your entertainment sources to the fullest. The 705's compact, gently curved cabinet design makes it an attractive option for a stereo setup in smaller rooms, or as part of a multi-channel home theater system. The entire Chorus series borrows driver technologies developed by Focal for their sophisticated world-class speakers, giving you high-end performance at a more budget friendly price.

Advanced design for natural, high-definition sound

Chorus 700 series speakers boast Focal's latest 1" aluminum/magnesium inverted dome tweeter. Inverting the dome optimizes the connection between the voice coil and the dome, maximizing efficiency and precision. Plus, the tweeter's new lightweight polyurethane micro-cellular foam suspension allows the dome to move more freely for lower distortion, greater accuracy, and smoother sound.

The speakers' tight, responsive bass and dynamic midrange come courtesy of Focal's 5" Polyglass woofers. These drivers are created by depositing a layer of hollow silica glass microbeads over a layer of cellulose pulp. This unique material combines the warm sound of cellulose fiber with the incredible strength of glass, for a stiff-yet-lightweight cone that responds rapidly with extremely low resonance. A butyl rubber surround helps stabilize cone movement and provides excellent long-term reliability. Tying the drivers together is Focal's OPC (Optimum Phase Crossover) crossover network for precise, natural, and stable imaging and soundstaging.

Focal Chorus series speaker

Stylish, vibration resistant cabinets

All Chorus speakers feature thick MDF cabinets with heavy internal bracing and non-parallel inner wall structure to resist performance-robbing vibrations. The cabinets have a traditional look that's softened by slightly curved front panels. An attractive woodgrain vinyl or textured leatherette/high-gloss black finish allows the Chorus speakers to easily integrate into just about any décor.

Built in-house for better quality and value

The speaker drivers in every Chorus speaker are built in-house at Focal's facilities in Saint-Etienne, France. Why is that important? Because it gives Focal complete control over every aspect of design, manufacture, and quality control — resulting a consistently superior, high-value product.

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Highlights:

  • 1" TNV2 aluminum/magnesium alloy inverted dome tweeter
  • 5" Polyglass mid/bass driver for dynamic midrange and fast, tight bass
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet
  • solid MDF construction up to 1" thick with non-parallel inner wall structure reduces vibration and eliminates unwanted resonance
  • high-quality OPC (Optimum Phase Crossover) crossover network for a precise, natural and stable soundstage and image
  • frequency response: 65-28,000 Hz (±3 dB)
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: 25-100 watts
  • 5-way binding post speaker terminals
  • keyhole slot for wall mounting
  • textured leatherette/high-gloss black finish
  • 7-1/2"W x 12-1/2"H x 9-1/16"D
  • weight: 12.5 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 years
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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Video Shielded
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No
Tweeter Type
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Inverted Dome
Tweeter Size (inches)
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1
Midrange Size (inches)
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N/A
Woofer Size (inches)
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5
Woofer Composition
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Polyglass
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Power Range
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25-100
Sensitivity
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89 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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65-28k Hz
Connector Type
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Binding post
Bi-amp Inputs
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No
Height (inches)
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12-1/2
Width (inches)
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7-1/2
Depth (inches)
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9-1/16
Weight (pounds)
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12.5
Mounting Bracket Included
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Keyhole
Recommended Stand Height (inches)
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24-26
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Cloth grilles (attached)
  • User manual

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Features

2-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The Focal Chorus 705 bookshelf loudspeaker employs a 2-way design which combines a 1" tweeter and a 5" cone woofer. The 1" aluminum/magnesium inverted-dome tweeter (TNV2) features a new Poron suspension material that softens the audio performance and provides smoother sound. The 5" polyglass woofer provides dynamic midrange and deep midbass.

TNV2 Tweeter w/ Poron Suspension: The Focal Chorus 705 features a single 1" TNV2 inverted-dome tweeter made of aluminum and magnesium alloy. The inverted-dome technology allows optimal energy transfer and wide dispersion. The aluminum/magnesium makeup guarantees exception performance in terms of stiffness and damping, thus ensuring a subtle blend of softness and dynamics. Performance of the TNV2 tweeter is enhanced by its new Poron suspension material. Poron is a polyurethane micro-cellular foam which has a porous open-cell structure. This memory foam is very light which means that the suspension will not become damaged or compressed with time. It is an essential element of the TNV2 tweeter as the suspension allows the dome to move freely. Its uniform and constant physical properties ensure excellent stability and linearity, along with extreme accuracy and distortion-free sound. The result is a sound which is soft and precise and which offers improved harmonics richness and a more precise soundstage.

Polyglass Cone Woofer: The Focal Chorus 705 features one 5" polyglass woofer. The Polyglass cone woofer has been a Focal tradition for the last 30 years. This cellulose fiber cone woofer offers renowned lightness and damping characteristics. But its Focal's special surface treatment of silica micro-balls which gives the woofer a huge increase in rigidity for a negligible increase in mass. The definition and dynamic capacity of this cone, when combined with a very powerful magnet, generate a very fine reproduction, with an exceptionally rich midrange/midbass.

Optimum Phase Crossover (OPC): The Focal Chorus 705 bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes an Optimum Phase Crossover (OPC) to seamlessly blend the audio output of the tweeter and midrange/midbass driver for a precise, natural, and stable soundstage and image.

Solid MDF Cabinet: The Focal Chorus 705 bookshelf loudspeaker features a contemporary designed cabinet with high-gloss lacquer finished sides and a leatherette baffle, back, and top. The cabinet uses solid MDF construction (up to 1" thick), internal bracing, and a non-parallel inner wall structure to reduce internal resonance for less coloration. This bass reflex type cabinet uses an aerodynamic front port for greater efficiency and to reduce distortion of the bass. The Focal Chorus 705 bookshelf loudspeaker is available in a Black, Rosewood, or Walnut finish. A detachable black cloth grille is also included.

Binding Posts: The Chorus 705 is fitted with a pair of binding posts that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin connectors, spade connectors, and banana plugs (single only). The binding posts are color-coded for easy identification between positive (red) and negative (black).

Applications: The Chorus 705 loudspeaker has been engineered to work with stereo systems, as well as with home theater systems. The Chorus 705 delivers the most faithful sound reproduction, whether you are listening to a music or movie soundtrack. Suitable for rooms up to 160 sq/ft.

Mounting Options: The Chorus S 700 stand (091STND700, sold separately) is 24.125" high and specifically designed to raise and enhance the Chorus 705 bookshelf speaker. The speaker attaches to the stand using a screw system that guarantees the stability of the system. The Chorus S 700 stand is constructed of MDF and feature a black satin finish. The Chorus 705 bookshelf speaker also has a rear-panel keyhole slot that lets you easily wall mount the speaker (mounting screws not supplied). Or, you can use the optional PinPoint heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket (121AM40B, sold separately) to wall mount the speaker.

 
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Surprising Value

Written By Lee, Philadelphia, PA on Monday, October 28, 2013
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Just received these and setup on a desktop to be used as computer speakers, powered by a Sony ES Receiver, sourced from a PCI HT Omega Claro halo XT sound card. My immediate reaction is WOW! these French monitors are surprisingly detailed, articulate and engaging.

Despite sitting close, the sound stage is wide but also strikingly deep. Low end is solid (although I'll probably be adding a sub as a personal preference) the front-port allows for flexible placement and good bass even when placed in a more confined space. The mid-range is clear and not overly forward or hidden. But, it's the high-end that really shines on these Focal's. You get an immediate sense of airy-ness and open space. Transients are clear and extremely detailed. Out of the box, some may regard the high-end as a bit bright or forward, but I'm hoping with some break-in time that will mellow out. Either way the high-end of this monitor is the star of the show.

Cabinet build quality is solid, what you would expect from a speaker $50 to $100 more expensive. This gloss black & leather version is very classy. Visually stunning on any desktop or pair of stands. Bottom line, bookshelf speakers at this price have no right to sound this good. Building these by hand at Focal's factory in France has paid off!

Some of the other speakers I have auditioned: Cambridge Audio S30, Audioengine P4, NHT Absolute Zero, Monitor Audio Silver RX1, Dynaudio Excite X12 ... these Focal's beat them all (IMHO of course!)
Pros:
High-end is exquisite, great overall frequency response, huge sound stage, beautiful finish for the price.
Cons:
No feet or isolation on the bottom, single terminal port (not bi-wireable), front grille has mounting pegs & holes (not magnetic like some higher end speakers)
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