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Focal XS® 2.1 Multimedia Sound System

with integrated iPod®/iPhone® dock

8 Reviews | 2 questions - 5 answers

Item # 091XS21

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Our take on the Focal XS® 2.1 Multimedia Sound System

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.

Enjoy superb audio from desktop speakers

Looking for multimedia speakers that can deliver high-performance sound from your iPod, iPhone, or computer? Enter 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 with 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.

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

Product 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

What's in the Box:

  • 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 (Eng/Fre/Spa)

This system would sound great without the sub but with it (and the ability to adjust its output) I was very impressed - from either just an iPod or especially the computer. Even at the highest volume the sound was very clean and balanced.

JoeV, Milwaukee WI


Focal XS® 2.1 Multimedia Sound System Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

Clean and True Sound Quality

StanLee from California on 8/2/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Focal's 2.1 system delivers exceptional true sound quality without any coloring added, which you will find in most desktop computer speaker systems. The tonal quality is fabulous and for the true audiophile for sure. Most desktop speakers are below your ears, on the desk. The Focal are at the right listening ear-height, sitting atop a stand that is eloquently designed. Focal's 2.1 system put the PSB PS1 Alpha w/Subseries 100 subwoofer system to shame. PSB's system just had too much color and assisted tone.

Pros: Tonal quality, Appearance, Height of Speakers, Features

Cons: Older design does not have updated Apple lightning connection, extremely unfortunate that this system is now obsolete. A terrible shame for the audiophile community.

Great sound

JoeV from Milwaukee WI on 5/2/2014

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This system would sound great without the sub but with it (and the ability to adjust its output) I was very impressed - from either just an iPod or especially the computer. Even at the highest volume the sound was very clean and balanced.

Pros: Great sound / compatibility with either an iPod/iPhone or computer

Cons: Expensive / subwoofer placement may be a challenge if there isn't much room under the desk

Stop don't look any forward

OT from Sault Sainte Marie, MI on 12/8/2013

Just to introduce myself, I'm very specific about how I listen to my music anything here or there will just turn me off. So after a lengthy research I decided to buy these Focal XS 2.1 and boy it is a great choice, if you want to buy Bose go ahead because if Bose is on your wish list means you know nothing about quality sound, this 2.1 is just untouchable, make sure you have WMA files it will just surprise you with the clean crisp sound, Sub is very tight like how subs are suppose to be, as I say you can make a $20 sub sound louder then $1000 sub its the tightness of sub that counts. One last thing, I want to thank Crutchfield staff they were very nice and helpful. Buy it my friend if you are reading this comment.

Pros: Sound Quality, looks and Focal

Cons: Only if it had a volume display and a Headphone jack life would have been perfect.

High Fidelity in a small package!

Freddie R. from Lumberton, NJ on 9/20/2011

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I am a believer! FOCAL has produced great sound from a computer speaker. Low level detail,depth and timbral accuracy are stunning! A lot better performance than I would have thought! Very Pleased BURG



Very good, not spectacular

rsg from JP, MA on 9/19/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good sound, easy to set up, small, nice looking. Remote not that easy to use because of the angle of the on/off switch. Doesn't have a headphone jack--that's a serious lack, in my view. Sometimes nobody in the house can deal with the volume!. But it's a good system, just not spectacular.



Focal XS® 2.1 Multimedia Sound System

Alvaro from Redwood City, CA on 9/11/2011

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I own a 27" iMac and I was looking for some speakers that would go well with it. I was a bit hesitant to pick these up mainly because of the price but the way I see it, I wont be buying any new speakers for my computer any time soon. These speakers sounds amazing. I have two complaints about these speakers. Volume Rocker: My Logitech Z4 speakers not only have a round knob (like most speakers) to adjust the volume but also a connector to connect your headphones. The Focal XS speakers have a "minus" and "plus" button to adjust the volume which is a pain because if you need to turn the volume down you need to keep pushing the button, its just a hassle. Its not that big of a deal because I can adjust the volume from my keyboard but still, for speakers at this price, I'd expect better. Remote Control: I'll be pretty blunt, the controller is cheap. overall though, great speakers. I'm giving it a 4 because of the volume buttons and remote control but overall I'm happy with these



My son's 1st system

PeterJ64 from Goshen, NY on 5/19/2011

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The 1st set were damaged, however 1 call to Crutchfield quickly and painlessly remedied the problem. Great looking speakers that take up minimal space. Yes they are relatively expensive but their sound and build quality surely warrant the price tag. The only negative comment would be the attached speaker wire is not very flexible and a little short for my liking.



Best of both worlds, Performance and Beauty

Visionmachine from New York, NY on 10/21/2010

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This is a Fantastic set of speaker system, make no mistake about it. As a long time user of 30" apple lcd and dell U2711, I can definitely say they did a wonderful job for producing this decent sppeakers. I know I paid more than a half grand for it, but considering its sharp, vivid, and bright sound quality you could easily forget about it. I'm hearing a lot of unknown sounds out these satellites, which I've never heard from my previous speakers. Just amazing.




Hands-on research

Product Research


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
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
4 Y N Y Y N N Y
4S Y N Y Y N N Y
5* Y N Y Y N N Y


  • *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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

2 questions already asked

Hi Dennis, it should, though I haven't tried it myself. To be absolutely sure I would recommend getting in touch with Focal's technical support team in North America -- Audio Plus Services (sorry I can't provide a link but the response tool won't allow me -- just look them up with that name and the "contact us" tab). If it does work, I am not sure I would recommend it unless you are going to place the Focal on a desk. It's really meant to be on a desk and sat in front of for best sound, in my opinion. It has special cables that only go a certain length, as in sitting on a desktop, and you can't extend those (I know because I got in touch with their technical support about this). I'd probably recommend other options that are more flexible, unless you ultimately plan to hook it up to a PC. Hope this helps! [ jennie  Jul 03, 2015 ]
Yes it does [ Christopher  Jun 30, 2015 ]
No, this is not possible. See detailed technical specification and user manual at http :// www. focal. com/ en/focal- xs-21/266- focal-xs-21-35440 54690 253.html (remove the spaces which are required for this answer). And I agree with Christopher: Use the audio output of the player for your headset. If you prefer high quality USB sound from your computer, use a USB headset. [ NW Critic  Jan 05, 2015 ]
No, I don't believe so. No output connections, just input. [ Stephen  Jan 04, 2015 ]
I am not sure why you would want to plug earphones into it when you can just plug your headphones into the music source such as an IPhone or iPod or computer. I am not with the system right now but I believe there is an aux port in the back but it is for a music source and would not produce output sound to earphones. [ Christopher  Jan 03, 2015 ]