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Focal XS® 2.1 Multimedia Sound System (Factory Refurbished)

with integrated iPod®/iPhone® dock

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  • Focal XS® 2.1 Multimedia Sound System (Factory Refurbished)

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  • Focal XS® 2.1 Multimedia Sound System (Factory Refurbished)

  • Focal XS® 2.1 Multimedia Sound System (Factory Refurbished)

  • Focal XS® 2.1 Multimedia Sound System (Factory Refurbished)

    Satellite speakers pictured with subwoofer

  • Focal XS® 2.1 Multimedia Sound System (Factory Refurbished)

    Speakers with iPod in dock (iPod not included)

Item# 091XS21Z
 

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by Dave Bar
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Factory-refurbished and repacked with care

If you've been considering Focal's great-sounding XS 2.1 multimedia speakers, but have been waiting to take the plunge, this factory-refurbished system may just hit the sweet spot. Focal's so confident you'll enjoy it just as much as a brand new system, they're including their full two-year warranty.

Enjoy superb audio from desktop speakers

Looking for multimedia speakers that can deliver high-performance sound from your iPod, iPhone, or computer?  Check out the Focal XS 2.1 multimedia sound system. This advanced audio system features two desktop speakers and a powered subwoofer you can place on the floor.

Focal XS

Simple setup via a USB connection

Focal XS Speakers

The system connects to your computer through a standard USB cable. This connection bypasses the PC's sound card and feeds the signal to Focal's advanced Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter, which produces highly accurate, richly detailed sound.

Integrated iPod and iPhone dock

An iPod dock built into the base of one of the speaker stands helps you avoid desktop clutter. Simply dock your player and enjoy clear, natural sound with your favorite tunes. The Focal XS also charges your iPod, and a switch on the back of the docking base lets you sync your player with your computer.


Quality construction for optimal performance

Three separate built-in amps power the system — one each for the left and right speakers, and a third for the subwoofer. This ensures optimal responsiveness from each speaker. Mylar dome tweeters reproduce clear highs, while 3" woofers handle the midrange frequencies. A 6-1/2" powered subwoofer deliver full, rich bass.

Convenient remote control operation

Use the system's compact remote to control volume, as well as basic commands on your iPod, such as play, pause, skip and start. And you can attach the magnetized remote to either of the anodized aluminum speaker stands for quick access when not in use.

30-pin dock connector

The XS 2.1 has a 30-pin dock connector, so you can use it with most docking iPods and iPhones. For 2012 and newer models that use a Lightning connector — such as the iPhone 5®, 7th generation iPod nano® and 4th generation iPod touch — you'll need a 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter (available separately).


From the review The Focal XS 2.1 Multimedia Sound System delivers audio goodness

"If you're working on a computer for long periods of time (and who isn't these days?) the Focal XS can deliver a listening experience that rivals a good home audio system. When I was sitting in that sweet spot typing away on my laptop, the Focal XS 2.1 Multimedia System's soundscape really made my stored music come alive."


— Ralph Graves, Blog Editor and A/V Writer

Highlights:

  • powered desktop speakers and subwoofer
  • for docking iPods and iPhones with 30-pin connector
  • Lightning connector Apple portables (iPhone 5, 7th generation iPod nano, and 4th generation iPod touch) require adapter (available separately)
  • USB input and built-in Burr-Brown DAC let you bypass computer sound card for better performance
  • separate amplifiers for each satellite speaker and subwoofer
  • 2 satellite speakers
    • 3" midrange driver (each)
    • 3/4" mylar dome tweeter (each)
    • video shielded
    • frequency response 150-20,000 Hz
    • anodized aluminum stands
    • 3-9/16"W x 12-9/16"H x 5-15/16"D (on stands)
    • weight: 2.2 lbs. each
  • powered subwoofer
    • 6-1/2" woofer
    • frequency response: 39-150 Hz
    • weight: 18.5 lbs.
    • 9-1/16"W x 10-1/4"H x 14-9/16"D
  • 30 watts x 2 for satellites, 70 watts for subwoofer
  • high-speed USB cable
  • mini-jack audio cable
  • remote control
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • Right satellite loudspeaker with integrated pedestal stand and iPod dock (attached 6' speaker cable terminate by a proprietary connector)
  • Left satellite loudspeaker with integrated pedestal stand (attached 6' speaker cable terminated by a RCA-type connector)
  • Powered subwoofer
  • 6' Detachable AC power cord
  • IR wireless remote control (with installed CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery)
  • 5' USB cable (with a USB type-A connector on one end and a mini-USB type-B connector on other end)
  • 41" Stereo minijack cable (with a right-angle male 3.5mm connector on each end)
  • 6 iPod insert adapters
  • User Manual (En/Fr/Sp)

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Features

Overview: The Focal XS is a high-end 2.1 multimedia sound system provides dynamic and powerful studio-quality sound for your Windows or Mac computer (with integrated sound card and USB connection), iPod or iPhone (featuring dock-connector), and other portable digital audio devices (equipped with a 3.5mm connector). The Focal XS 2.1 multimedia sound system consists of two satellite loudspeakers with integrated pedestal bases and iPod dock, along with a separate 6.5" powered subwoofer.

Powered Subwoofer: The Focal XS 2.1 multimedia sound system includes an active bass-reflex subwoofer with a 6.5" paper-cone down-firing woofer and 2.25" front-firing flared port. Three amplifiers are integrated inside the subwoofer; a 70-watt RMS amplifier is dedicated to the 6.5" subwoofer for deep low-end bass, and two 30-watts RMS amplifiers are designed specifically for the two loudspeakers. The powered subwoofer is equipped with a rear-panel bass-level control which permits you to adapt the subwoofer to your room's acoustics and proportions. The 6.5" powered subwoofer provides a frequency response of 39Hz-150Hz. The active subwoofer features three connections: Dock (proprietary port for the right-loudspeaker), Left Speaker (RCA-type jack for the left-loudspeaker), and an AC inlet (for the 6' detachable AC power cord). The powered sub also features a rear-panel main power switch.

Note: The powered subwoofer is designed to be placed under your desk, on the floor (not on top your desk with the loudspeakers).

Satellite Loudspeakers: The Focal XS 2.1 multimedia sound system includes two 2-way, video-shielded satellite loudspeakers (Right/Left) with integrated pedestal bases for placement on top your desk by your computer. Each 2-way satellite loudspeaker features a 0.75" mylar dome tweeter and a 3.0" paper cone mid-bass woofer with a frequency response of 15Hz-20kHz. Each satellite speaker plugs into the included powered subwoofer and is powered by the subwoofer's integrated 30-watt RMS amplifiers. The satellite loudspeakers feature Focal's VCS (Visual and Sound Coincidence) concept which provides very realistic sound imaging. The right loudspeaker features a Power button and volume control for the system.

iPod Dock: The Focal XS 2.1 multimedia sound system's right satellite loudspeaker features an integrated top-mounted iPod dock and is "Made for iPod" compatible. The iPod dock can be used for playback of your iPod's audio content and to sync your iPod with iTunes (USB from your PC must also be connected to the Focal XS). You can control basic playback functions of your iPod from the included remote or full control of your iPod's click-wheel or touch-screen will still be available. iPod text information, album art, and video/photo content will still need to be viewed from your iPod's LCD screen. While docked the Focal XS 2.1 will charge your iPod. The Focal XS 2.1 multimedia System includes 8 iPod dock insert adapters and is compatible with the following iPod models and functions (as of 1/6/2013):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Out Remote Control iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
mini 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
video 5th Y N Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB Y N Y Y N N Y
120GB Y N Y Y N N Y
160GB Y N Y Y N N Y
iPod nano 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd Y N Y Y N N Y
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
5th Y N Y Y N N Y
6th Y N Y Y N N Y
7th* Y N Y Y N N Y
iPod touch 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd Y N Y Y N N Y
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
5th* Y N Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G Y N Y Y N N Y
3G Y N Y Y N N Y
3GS Y N Y Y N N Y
4 Y N Y Y N N Y
4S Y N Y Y N N Y
5* Y N Y Y N N Y

Note:

  • *The iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), and iPhone 5 will require the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter or cable (sold separately) in order to make connection with the ID100's integrated dock.
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to wait until a newer software update is available.

Remote Control: The Focal XS 2.1 comes with an IR remote control which allows you to control basic playback functions of your iPod, such as Play, Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Skip (Previous/Next). The Focal XS 2.1's volume (up/down) and power (on/off) can be adjusted from the included remote control or on the unit.

USB Port: The Focal XS 2.1 multimedia sound system features a mini-USB type-B port and comes with a 5' USB cable for connecting your Windows or Mac computer. The mini-USB type-B port is found on the rear-panel of the right satellite loudspeaker.

Aux Input: The Focal XS 2.1 multimedia sound system is equipped with an auxiliary input (3.5mm) and comes with a 41" stereo minijack cable for connecting a portable digital audio player (other than iPod). The 3.5mm connector is found on back of the right satellite speaker.

 
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Incredible Sound

Written By Jim W, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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The sound produced by this 2.1 system is amazing at this price point. I listen to a variety of music, electronica, Americana, blues, jazz, rock. All sound fabulous.
Pros:
Appearance, looks great on desk top, as LOUD as you can every want, great, crisp, clear sound reproduction
Cons:
The remote can clearly be improved upon.
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Absolutley Wonderful

Written By Anonymous, Upper Deefield, NJ on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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Made for music via your puter. Looks, works and sounds fantastic. I purchased these speakers as refurbished. There was no hint that that were anything but new from the box. Same warranty too. The sub woofer is a big boy!
Pros:
great sound, stylish, small footprint on desktop
Cons:
I would like to be able to hook another pair of the speakers up so there were 4....
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Incredible sound

Written By Jeff, Chicago on Saturday, June 29, 2013
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Sound is amazing! Distinct, crisp & clean. Bass sounds like a live performance....not punchy or thumpy. Perfectly blended sound. It is the best I've heard to date.
Pros:
Balanced, even sound. Proportioned perfectly.
Cons:
None
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