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Focal Chorus 706

Bookshelf speakers (Black)

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If you prefer your sound spacious, natural, and balanced, check out Focal's Chorus 706 bookshelf speakers. Their surprisingly powerful bass and smooth, detailed highs are just right for savoring your music in a small-to-medium sized room, and they make excellent front-channel home theater speakers. The entire Chorus lineup borrows driver technologies developed by Focal for their sophisticated world-class speakers, giving you high-end performance at a more budget friendly price.

A perfect blend of performance, size, and value

If you prefer your sound spacious, natural, and balanced, check out Focal's Chorus 706 bookshelf speakers. Their surprisingly powerful bass and smooth, detailed highs are just right for savoring your music in a small-to-medium sized room, and they make excellent front-channel home theater speakers. The entire Chorus lineup 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 6-1/2" 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.

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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Product Highlights:

  • 1" TNV2 aluminum/magnesium alloy inverted dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" Polyglass mid/bass driver for dynamic midrange and punchy 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: 55-28,000 Hz (±3 dB)
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: 25-120 watts
  • 5-way binding post speaker terminals
  • textured leatherette/high-gloss black finish
  • 8-11/16"W x 15-7/16"H x 10-5/8"D
  • weight: 18 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

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

Straight out of box they are open and lively. Almost eerie 3d presentation. Sounds protrude what seems some distance behind cabinets, in front as well as outside. Bright and clarity(!!) but not excessive bright like many British monitors. Highly recommend.

Jeff, Anchorage, AK


Focal Chorus 706 Reviews

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(12 Reviews)

Focal Chorus 706

Crutchfield customer from Philadelphia,PA on 9/11/2018

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what can I say..,Focal speakers are amongst the best. Top-notch Clarity and treble/mid-range performance. Very lively. Well built, looks great etc . These are not even their high end, but sounds high end.



Startlingly Good Midrange, Dynamics, and Soundstage

Nick from Albany, NY on 5/2/2018

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Got these as an upgrade to my early '90s B&W DM302 bookshelf speakers. My system is an NAD M51 DAC which I'm running as a preamp, into a McIntosh MC7100 II, in a room that is roughly 12'x15'x15'; I only use this system to listen to high-resolution music, no film or games. Right off the bat, the Focal 706 has the lushest and most refined midrange I have heard to date. Subtle details and production decisions are brought to the foreground. Live concert tapes are startlingly realistic; ambient, drone, rock (especially progressive) and jazz truly shine on these speakers. They're subtly on the slower side for transients in electronica and hip hop; if those are your preferred genres these will still do the job but I'd consider something with a sharper transient response. Bass response is better than what I expected from speakers this size; I can still audibly hear fundamentals in songs below the rated 55 Hz, however they are attenuated - I will be adding a subwoofer to make up for this. The dynamic range is very large, as a production guy I hear compressors kick in with the subtlest details, making me appreciate a good mixing/mastering job. I wish the treble response were more pronounced; it's not buried and is still there, and it extends quite nicely into the top end with a decent bit of detail, however it is significantly more laid back than the midrange, and I often find myself reaching for an equalizer to lift the treble a few dB for my tastes. Overall, a very go

Pros: The lushest midrange I have ever heard; phenomenal soundstage that disappears between the speakers and extends to the full height of my room; incredible dynamic range

Cons: Treble is a bit laid back; a bit quieter than other speakers with the same sensitivity; low end would benefit from a subwoofer (to be expected from bookshelf speakers at this price)

Focal Chorus 706

Crutchfield customer from New York, NY on 4/27/2018

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Significantly brighter with better resolution of mids and highs than the Elac Debut B6, which I also own. Very wide soundstage. Very happy with purchase. Sound gets better with 20-30 hours of break in.



Focal Chorus 706

Jeff from Anchorage, AK on 4/3/2018

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Straight out of box they are open and lively. Almost eerie 3d presentation. Sounds protrude what seems some distance behind cabinets, in front as well as outside. Bright and clarity(!!) but not excessive bright like many British monitors. Highly recommend.

Pros: Outstanding product at really good price. Made in FRANCE not China.

Cons: none

Focal Chorus 706

Crutchfield customer from Camarillo, CA on 3/31/2018

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it exceeded my expectations; a happy speaker perfect for my jazz collection



Focal Chorus 706

Crutchfield customer from Portland, Me on 5/19/2017

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Great speakers



Great sound in a small package!

Mike from Sudbury, MA on 3/18/2017

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Good for music and home theater. Efficient (90db) and balanced sounding with an excellent top end and very good bass for its size. I highly recommend. Limited space had me exchange Polk towers for these bookshelf speakers as the front speakers in a home theater setup. They sound great. I compared them to my big Magneplanars before installing them in the home theater room, and I was very impressed with their sound quality when driven from top-end equipment and top-end source material.

Pros: Efficiency, tonal balance, and accuracy. Subwoofer is not essential with these speakers. Nice punch. They appear to be excellent for both home theater and music.

Cons: Mounting on side requires rubber spacers because design assumes vertical placement. Speaker is slightly wider at front than back.

French manufactured speakers

Michael from Providence, RI on 3/6/2017

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Beautifully speakers. I think they are very good sound. We paid a lot for these speakers. One drawback to purchasing hi fi equipment over the net is that you do not get the benefits of in-store demo experiences. One of the primary reasons we purchased the Focals I will say though is because I wanted a USA made speaker which unless you're buying the very high end Klipsch speakers, is not a known commodity any longer. The days of ADS, Boston Acoustics, etc. all being manufactured in my Massachusetts backyard are gone. That being said, I get a different kind of personal sense of satisfaction knowing that Focal is not made in China. I wish they were solid real wood veneer, rather than vinyl covered MDF. In fact, I'd pay a little more for a hand rubbed real wood case. In any event, they're nice speakers, have beautiful sound, they're attractive and the speaker connections are very nice. I will probably add speaker stands as well at some point, and see the benefits of having the speakers at ear level.

Pros: Nice sound. Nice speaker connectivity points. Solid

Cons: Vinyl covered MDF case.

Focal Chorus 706

Jake from FAIRBANKS, AK on 10/5/2016

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I've had these speakers for about a year now. I have to admit I don't usually review products but these are The Best Speakers I have yet owned. Previously ran Paradigm Titans, PSB Mini, Altec Lansings I bought used from a movie theater, Bose 301.... Nothing came even close. Currently powered off a Yamaha RX-A1040 with an 8" Velodyne subwoofer. The crystal clear sound quality with perfect highs that are exactly bright enough and solid mid range somehow excel with every genre I listen to. From Beethoven to Coltrane to AC/DC. Couldn't be happier.



Great Buy

Dennis in Florida from Saint Johns, FL on 6/7/2016

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Right out of the box they sound fantastic. Will be even better after the break in period. Beautiful speaker finish. The sides come wrapped with a very tightly stretched clear plastic to protect them during shipping. Before I pulled off the plastic they looked almost as good as my NHT Super Ones. After removing the plastic, WOW , talk about quality craftsmanship. Sweet. The nicest binding posts I've ever had the pleasure to hook speaker wire to. For the short time I've listened to them more bass than I expected. Very happy with these Focal Chorus 706 speakers. Also, Crutchfield shipped them to me free in 2 days. Excellent. Made my first order with them over 40 years ago. Glad to see they are still in business. Good prices and the best customer service.

Pros: Everything.

Cons: Not a one.


dp from Washington on 4/18/2015

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great speakers light on the low end good with a subwoofer

Pros: quality sound

Cons: not great at reproducing the low end

Focal 706

Bill B. from Portland, OR. on 9/16/2014

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The pair of B&O monitors that made up the right and left channels of my media system reached the end of their life after 20 plus years - a hard act to follow. After some research I discovered the Focal speaker line and took a chance buying a pair of Focal 706s. In short, I'm very impressed by the sound range and clarity and highly recommend this mid-range speaker.. The folks at Crutchfeld were also very knowledgeable and answered all my qualifying questions. It was the way all on line transaction should be ... 5 stars for their sales support and fast delivery.

Pros: Great speakers for the money. Good build and sound..

Cons: None


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Inverted Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Polyglass
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 25-120
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 55-28k Hz
Connector Type Binding post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 15-7/16
Width (inches) 8-11/16
Depth (inches) 10-5/8
Weight (pounds) 18
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-26
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research


2-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The Focal Chorus 706 bookshelf loudspeaker employs a 2-way design which combines a 1" tweeter and a 6.5" 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 6.5" polyglass woofer provides dynamic midrange and deep midbass.

TNV2 Tweeter w/ Poron Suspension: The Focal Chorus 706 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 706 features one 6.5" 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 706 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 706 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 706 bookshelf loudspeaker is available in a Black, Rosewood, or Walnut finish. A detachable black cloth grille is also included.

Binding Posts: The Chorus 706 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 706 loudspeaker has been engineered to work with stereo systems, as well as with home theater systems. The Chorus 706 delivers the most faithful sound reproduction, whether you are listening to a music or movie soundtrack. Suitable for rooms up to 215 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 706 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 optional PinPoint heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket (121AM40B, sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speaker.

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Reviews [ James  May 30, 2016 ]
Made in France - not in China, great price and most importantly previous owner of Focal Chorus 705. [ Jeffrey  Mar 28, 2018 ]

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I'm afraid there is no exact square footage to help define a "small-to-medium" size room. While room size is certainly an important thing to consider, there are several other factors that play a part in the overall sound quality of your stereo system. For more personalized assistance to determine if the Focal Chorus 706 are right for you, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! [ Larry  Jun 15, 2018 ]  Staff
In a 300 sqft room with 8' ceiling, driven modestly at about 45W per channel, the 706s are loud enough for rock, EDM, or rousing classical. However, that's with a subwoofer and the room is bright with wood floors and large windows. So without the sub in a heavily damped room, they might not work for a loud party. [ DAVID  Jun 15, 2018 ]
Country of origin is listed as France. [ Kenny  Jun 02, 2017 ]  Staff