About the Focal Chora 816
It all starts with driver design
It all starts with driver design
Most people think of speakers as large wood-paneled boxes. While the cabinets are important, a great pair of speakers is all about the drivers. Focal designs and builds their drivers in-house, which is why the new Chora 816 floor-stander aims to compete with speakers occupying loftier price points. Each tower features a pair of Focal's newest woofers, along with a tweeter innovation borrowed from their flagship speakers.
Focal's latest woofer design
The secret ingredient of the new Chora speakers is the Slatefiber woofer, made of recycled carbon fibers. Carbon fibers are very rigid — important for any speaker cone material. But they go beyond rigidity. These cones are lighter, more responsive, and have better damping than the Polyglass woofers of the previous Chorus speakers. As a result, the Chora 816 looks to be better balanced (particularly in the midrange), offer better, tighter bass response, and respond beautifully to high-current power.
Trickle-down tweeter tech
For the Chora's high frequencies, Focal chose their TNF inverted dome tweeter. This design is known for a wide soundstage that's not seating-position critical. One new development in this iteration is the use of a material called Poron, which suspends the tweeter from its mount. This suspension is trickled down from the Beryllium drivers in Focal's flagship Utopia speakers. Think of it as memory foam. By maintaining its shape as the driver moves, it significantly reduces distortion for clearer sound.
- 1" TNF aluminum/magnesium inverted dome tweeter
- 6-1/2" Slatefiber mid/bass woofer
- 6-1/2" Slatefiber bass woofer
- bass reflex design (front-firing port)
- lean-back design ensures precise sound at the listening position
- magnetic grille for woofers
- vinyl finish
- frequency response: 50-28,000 Hz (±3dB)
- nominal impedance: 8 ohms
- sensitivity: 89.5 dB
- recommended amplifier power: 40-200 watts
- 12"W x 39-5/8"H x 15-7/8"D
- weight: 40.8 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # FCHORA816BK
What's in the box:
- Floorstanding loudspeaker
- 4 Rubber feet
- 4 Spike feet
- 4 Nuts
- 4 Screws
- 4 Washers
- User manual
Focal Chora 816 reviews
Thanks for submitting your review
More details on the Focal Chora 816
Features & specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||6.5|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Dolby Atmos Drivers||No|
|Connector Type||Binding post|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||50-28k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
2.5-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker: The Focal Chora 816 floorstanding speaker utilizes a 2.5-way driver design with a 1" TNF aluminum/magnesium inverted-dome tweeter and two 6.5" slatefiber cone woofers for precise and dynamic sound. In a 2.5-way driver design, both woofers produce bass frequencies, but only the upper woofer produces midrange frequencies.The Chora Series floorstanding loudspeaker offers the most faithful sound reproduction, whether you are listening to a music or movie soundtrack. The Chora 816 works best in rooms measuring up to 323 sq/ft.
TNF Aluminum/Magnesium Tweeter: The Focal Chora 816 features a single 1" TNF 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 TNF 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 TNF 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
Two 6.5" Slatefiber Cone Woofers: Slatefiber technology, exclusive to Focal, involves the use of recycled, non-woven carbon fibers applied as a sandwich between two layers of thermoplastic polymer. In their quest for perfection, Focal engineers have opted to use non-woven carbon fibers, all pointing in the same direction to achieve even greater rigidity and better damping. Manufactured in the Focal workshops using an ultra-modern industrial tool, the "slate" effect of the cone provides better damping and rigidity, but also lightness - the three "essentials" of a good loudspeaker driver.
Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Focal Chora 816's speaker cabinet uses solid MDF construction, 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.
Grilles: The Chora Series floorstanding loudspeaker comes with a detachable magnetic cloth grille that covers the woofers. The grille has to be aligned just right with the front of the cabinet to magnetically attach to the speaker. The tweeter features its own integrated, non-removable grille.
Binding Posts: The Focal Chora 816 is outfitted with a pair of binding post terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin connectors, spade connectors, and banana plugs (single only). You'll need to remove two plastic caps from the binding post terminals to accommodate banana plugs.
Tilted Based with Rubber or Spike Feet: The Focal Chora 816 comes with a tilted base that provides proprer time alignment for optimal soundstage imaging that is more focused on the listener. It also includes spike feet for carpeted floors; as well as rubber feet for hardwood, ceramic, laminate, and vinyl flooring. The base and feet have to be installed.
- Dimensions With Rubber Feet: 12.0" (w) x 39.25" (h) x 15.875" (d)
- Dimensions With Spike Feet: 12.0" (w) x 39.625" (h) x 15.875" (d)
Note: The plinth and feet should always be used for proper time alignment, optimum sound quality, and maximum stability.
Applications & Placement: The Chora 816 can be used in a stereo application, or as front and/or surround speakers in a home theater setup.
- A pair of floorstanding speakers should form an equilateral triangle with one another and your main listening position.
- The speaker performs best when its positioned away from the corner. Do not corner load the speaker.
Chora Series: Focal's Chora Series integrates speaker drivers manufactured in France and features an exclusive Slatefiber cone. Every detail of the Chora Series has been meticulously thought out to meet expectations in sound reproduction and aesthetics. The Chora Series by Focal consists of three floorstanding loudspeakers (816/826/826D), one bookshelf loudspeaker (806), a center-channel loudspeaker (Center), Surround loudspeaker (Surround - coming soon)
Optional Powered Sub: Add on a Focal powered subwoofer (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) for bigger, deep, and more dynamic bass response.