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Focal Aria 906

Bookshelf speakers (Piano-Black Lacquer)

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Overview

Product Highlights:

  • pair of high-end bookshelf speakers for music or home theater
  • 1" aluminum/magnesium inverted dome tweeter with waveguide
  • 6-1/2" flax fiber woofer
  • frequency response: 55-28,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 25-120 watts
  • sensitivity: 89.5 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • bass reflex design with front-firing port
  • binding posts accept pins, banana connectors, or bare wire
  • removable magnetic cloth grille
  • designed and constructed in France
  • 8-7/8"W x 15-3/8"H x 11-1/16"D
  • weight: 19 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • User Manual
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Features and Specs

Enclosure Ported
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Inverted Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Flax
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 25-120
Sensitivity 89.5 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 55-28k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 15-3/8
Width (inches) 8-15/16
Depth (inches) 11-5/16
Weight (pounds) 19
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-28
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Features

Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The Aria 906 is a two-way bookshelf loudspeaker that utilizes Focal's TNF inverted dome tweeter and Flac cone woofer for a smooth, natural sound with no coloration. You'll hear delicate highs, rich midrange, and tight bass. The Focal Aria 906 bookshelf loudspeaker is designed to faithfully reproduce music and movie soundtracks in a dedicated stereo configuration or home theater application.

1" TNF Inverted Tweeter: The Aria 906 houses one TNF aluminum/magnesium inverted dome 1" tweeter with a Poron suspension and Urethane waveguide for smoother sound. The tweeter developed for the Aria 900 series uses Focal exclusive inverted dome technology, for optimal energy transfer and limited directivity. The dome's aluminum/ magnesium alloy guarantees outstanding stiffness and damping.

  • Poron Suspension: The suspension between the dome and its bracket uses Poron, a material with shape memory. This suspension method is directly derived from the famous Utopia Beryllium tweeter, making it possible to reduce distortion by a factor of three in the 2-3kHz range, where the human ear has very great sensitivity. The mechanical properties of the new suspension system using Poron, an open cell polyurethane microcellular foam, provides numerous benefits - including excellent dimensional stability and no degradation over time. The advantages of the use of Poron in this tweeter are obvious in terms of linearity and distortion reduction. This leads to a silkier, more precise sound with greater harmonic richness.
  • Urethane Waveguide: The tweeter mounting has an integral waveguide which maximizes horizontal directivity and minimizes diffraction. The Urethane waveguide improves horizontal directivity and provides a more precise sound image with an incredibly stable sound stage, making the listening position much less critical.
Note: The TNF tweeter uses a relatively flexible aluminum/magnesium alloy, with a "shape memory" enabling it to withstand the majority of small impacts in the home. Nevertheless, Focal recommends leaving the included grilles in place to protect the dome. If the dome surface is marked this could have an impact on the tweeter.

6.5" Flax Cone Woofer: The Aria 900 series benefits from Focal's Flax sandwich driver cones with injected zamak baskets, making voices more intelligible with more depth. Flax is an eco-textile with astounding structural properties - it is light, stiff, and well damped for greater neutrality of timbres and better definition. The Aria 906 is composed of one 6.5" woofer with a Flax sandwich cone that provides natural midrange, rich bass, and high definition sound. This sandwich cone is made of high quality flax fiber enclosed by two thin layers of glass fiber. The lightness of the fiber satisfies the criteria of high internal damping, high velocity, and high flexural rigidity. Flax is twice as light as fiberglass, because the fiber is hollow. It also has very low elasticity which makes it ideal to increase the flexural rigidity of a sandwich structure.

Ultra-Rigid MDF Enclosures: The speaker cabinet features ultra-rigid MDF construction, internal bracing, and non-parallel side panels for a neutral sound with very little vibration or distortion. The cabinet highlights a glass top-surface for added strength and a leather-finished front panel for its absorbent and acoustic diffraction qualities. The cabinet has no visible fixings; only a solid brushed metal ring surrounding the cone drivers and a matte-black urethane waveguide around the tweeter. The included fabric grille attaches magnetically. This carefully designed cabinet exudes style and quality, blending in perfectly with traditional or more contemporary interiors.

Note: The cabinets of this Aria 900 line are available in Walnut, Black High Gloss and White High Gloss finishes.

Front-Firing Aerodynamic Port: The Aria 906 bookshelf speaker utilizes a front-firing aerodynamic port for greater efficiency and bigger, deeper bass performance with low distortion.

Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The Focal Aria 906 bookshelf speaker is equipped with a set of heavy-dut binding post terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single only). Two plastic inserts will need to be removed to use banana plugs.

Mounting & Placement Options: The Aria 906 bookshelf speaker can be simply placed on a speaker stand (sold separately - see Accessories Tab), shelf, or table-top. The PinPoint side-clamping bracket (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) can be used to wall-mount the speaker. Follow these simple placement guidelines to optimize the Aria 900 series speaker's performance and to guarantee good tonal balance and a realistic sound stage.

  • The loudspeakers should be positioned symmetrically, facing the listening area, ideally forming an equilateral triangle with it. It is, however, possible to vary these distances to arrive at the ideal compromise for any particular conditions.
  • The loudspeakers should be positioned at the same height, in the same horizontal plane. Ideally, the tweeter should be positioned at the same height as the listener's ear when listening normally.
  • Do not position your loudspeakers too close to a corner of the room and do not place them too close to a wall. If they are positioned close to a wall or a corner this has the effect of exciting certain resonances within the room and artificially increasing the bass. Conversely, if the bass level is judged to be insufficient, you could try moving the loudspeakers nearer a wall to re-balance the bass level.
Note: The Aria 906 bookshelf loudspeaker is recommended for rooms measuring from 160ft2 and from a listening distance of 8ft.

Aria 900 Series: Focal's Aria series consists of three pair of floorstanding loudspeakers (926/936/948), a pair of bookshelf loudspeakers (906), a center channel speaker (CC900), and a pair of bipolar surround speakers (SR900) - all sold separately. The Aria series delivers Focal's classic sound with a modern design.

Made In France: The Aria 900 series of loudspeakers are developed and manufactured in France by Focal.

Break-In Period: The Aria 900 loudspeakers are complex mechanical assemblies which need a period of adaptation ("break-in") to operate at their best and to become acclimated to the temperature and humidity conditions of your environment. This break-in period varies depending on the conditions in question and may last for some weeks. To facilitate break-in, Focal recommends operating their speakers for approximately twenty hours consecutively. Once the loudspeakers' characteristics totally stabilize, you will be able to enjoy the Aria 900's performance to the fullest.

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