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Our take on the Focal Dimension by Crutchfield's David Brown
Focal's first sound bar is a winner
Focal makes some fantastic car and home audio speakers, so we were quite excited to see them design their first sound bar — the Dimension. Not surprisingly, they hit it out of the park. How does the Focal Dimension offer such engaging, enveloping sound? Two simple ingredients: really good speakers and sophistical digital processing. Together, they create a soundstage that's wide and deep, so more seating positions get an involving multichannel experience with movies and dynamic sound with music.
The Focal Dimension sound bar's five speakers deliver enthralling sound across a wide listening area.
From the car to the home theater
The Dimension sound bar's five built-in speakers were inspired by Focal's high-performance car speakers. They designed a speaker that was relatively flat with deep bass response and a wide dispersion pattern. These drivers were perfect for a thin sound bar that could project sound across a large listening area and deliver impressive bass response. The drivers were further refined and augmented with side-panel ports for enhanced bass response. Focal also developed advanced digital signal processing to deliver a realistic multichannel experience. How good does it sound? Good enough to earn a prestigious 2014-15 European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) award for best home theater sound bar.
More cool features
What else do we love about the Focal Dimension sound bar? HDMI connectivity offers Dolby and DTS processing, for true 5.1-channel home theater sound. HDMI also lets you control the system and your TV with a single remote. It can also receive audio coming from your compatible TV's tuner with the Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature. A cool touchscreen display offers volume and source control. It only lights up when it senses hand-motion in front of it or a command from the remote control. There are also four switches on the sound bar's rear panel that allow you to optimize the sound based on your room and setup. Just a few simple selections and this system will be enveloping your couch or comfy chair in rich, robust sound.
- five 3-15/16" cone drivers
- 75 watts x 5 built-in amplification
- side-panel ports offer enhanced bass response
- slim cabinet for wall-mounting (bracket included) or resting on a stand
- touchscreen display for controlling volume, inputs and listening mode turns on by sensing motion or remote command
- night mode reduces dynamic range to limit loud bursts
- Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding
- rear-panel selectors optimize the sound for various setups (Room, Sub, Distance, and Position)
- HDMI in/out with Audio Return Channel
- HDMI-CEC function lets you control sound bar with your TV's remote
- optical digital audio input
- 3.5mm AUX input for use with a portable music player
- LFE output for use with an optional powered subwoofer
- frequency response: 50-25,000 Hz
- remote control with bass level control
- compatible with the optional Focal Universal Bluetooth Receiver (not included) for wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers
- 45-1/4"W x 4-1/2"H x 4-1/2"D (with stand)
- weight: 12 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Active soundbar speaker
- AC power adapter
- 46" AC power cord
- Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
- 2 Stands
- Wall-mount bracket
- User Manual
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Features and Specs
|Pieces in System||1|
|Midrange||3.9375" Cone (5)|
|Surround Sound Decoding||No|
|4K Video Compatible||No|
|HDR Video Compatible||No|
|Audio Return Channel||Yes|
|Remote IR Passthrough||No|
|Works with TV Remote (IR)||No|
|Control by App||N|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Yes|
|Surface Mount Stand Included||Yes|
|Speaker Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Speaker Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Amplifier Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Amplifier Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|System Frequency Response||50-25k Hz|
|Sound Bar RMS Power||320|
|Subwoofer RMS Power||N/A|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|Mini Stereo Audio Inputs||1|
|RCA Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|Optical Digital Audio Inputs||1|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Sound Bar (inches)||4-1/2H x 45-9/16W x 4-1/4 D|
|Sound Bar Weight||12 lbs|
|Subwoofer (inches)||No Subwoofer|
5-Channel Speaker Array: The Focal Dimension active soundbar speaker features five 3.9375" full-range drivers for natural, dynamic, and high-definition audio. Two of the drivers are dedicated to the front channels and two drivers dedicated to the rear channels, as well as one driver dedicated to the center channel for 5-channel surround sound from a single soundbar speaker.
6-Channel Amplifier: Each driver of the Focal Dimension soundbar speaker is driven by 75 watts of peak power. There is also a dedicated 75 watt channel for connection of Focal's passive subwoofer (sold separately).
High Performance DSP: The 4th generation Sharc 32-bit/40-bit floating point DSP utilized by the Focal Dimension soundbar speaker is optimized for high-performance audio signal processing. Its processing capacity is able to control the balance of frequency response with distortion free sound at high volume levels, plus spacious imaging and virtual surround sound from a single soundbar speaker.
Aluminum Bass Reflex Cabinet: The soundbar speaker features an ultra-rigid aluminum enclosure that incorporates side-firing bass ports for greater efficiency and bigger bass response without resonance or distortion.
HDMI 1.4: The Focal Dimension soundbar speaker system features a single HDMI 1.4 input and one HDMI 1.4 output. The HDMI jacks support 1080p pass-through, 3D video, Dolby Digital/DTS 5.1ch audio. The HDMI output also supports ARC.
- 1080p Pass-Through: The HDMI input and output support pass-through of high-definition video up to 1080p.
- 3D-Ready: The HDMI jacks will accept 3D video from your 3D Blu-ray player and output the video signal in 3D to your 3D-ready HDTV.
- Multi-Channel Audio: All multi-channel DTS and Dolby Digital formats (up to 5.1ch) are compatible through the Dimension's HDMI connectivity.
- ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible television to the Dimension system through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
Note: Because with most televisions, the ARC-enabled HDMI input will only pass 2ch PCM from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog, we recommend that you connect your Blu-ray/DVD player or Satellite/Cable box to the Focal Dimension's HDMI input directly; and then connect the Dimension's ARC-enabled HDMI output to your TV's ARC-enabled HDMI input. This setup will give you with the best overall sound performance.
Digital + Analog Audio Inputs: In addition to HDMI connectivity, the Focal soundbar speaker system is equipped with one analog input (3.5mm minijack) and one optical (toslink) digital audio input. The optical digital input supports up to 5.1ch multi-channel audio.
Note: The digital optical output terminals of most newer flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).
Optional Bluetooth Receiver: The Focal Universal Wireless Receiver (091APTXBT, sold separately) enables wireless connection of your Bluetooth-enabled devices (such as your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, or laptop/computer) to your Focal Dimension soundbar. The Bluetooth receiver will plug into the soundbar's Aux input.
- Bluetooth A2DP Technology: The Focal Universal Wireless Receiver features Bluetooth A2DP technology, which allows you to wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled device to the Focal Dimension soundbar. You will continue to control your music and view song/artist information from your Bluetooth-enabled device.
- Apt-X Compatible: Apt-X audio coding, which is featured on a growing number of Android mobile devices as well as MacBooks and Apple desktop computers, allows audio to be broadcast wirelessly in significantly higher quality than over standard Bluetooth. The apt-X codec achieves a 4:1 compression ratio, allowing for near-CD quality listening (16-bit/44.1kHz). You'll instantly notice more extensive dynamic range, deeper bass, and crystal-clear top end.
Room Equalization: The quality of the surround sound depends on the room's acoustics and on the acoustic properties of the room's materials. You can adjust the soundbar speaker's Room EQ based on how reflective your room is, taking into account whether your room has plaster or brick walls, if the walls are covered with fabric or curtains, if there are windows or other glass surfaces, if you have carpeted or hardwood floors, and if you have a lot of furniture in the room.
Audio Adjustments: The Focal soundbar speaker system offers a variety of audio settings to improve your listening experience.
- Distance: You can also adjust the sound from the soundbar speaker system according to the distance between your listening position and the soundbar speaker for a better virtual surround effect.
- Bass Control: Using the included remote control, you can adjust the soundbar speaker's bass level from -3dB to +6dB at 60Hz.
- Night Mode: The Night mode enables the sound to be compressed for listening to movies at lower volume by reducing the sound of explosions, for example. This function is only available for encoded content in Dolby Digital because it uses the Dynamic Range Control function included in Dolby Digital soundtracks on multi-channel DVD or Blu ray players.
- Lip Sync: If you notice a delay between the sound and the image, you can adjust the audio delay from 0 to 500ms. The soundbar's HDMI input offers auto lip sync synchronization.
Sub Output: The Dimension soundbar speaker is fitted with a mono-RCA subwoofer output for connection to an external powered subwoofer (sold separately). The subwoofer output is full-range, so you'll need to use the lowpass crossover setting in your powered sub.
Controls: The Focal Dimension soundbar speaker system includes front-panel touch-sensitive controls and an IR wireless remote control for simple operation.
- Touch Sensitive Controls: The Dimension soundbar speaker features front-panel touch-sensitive buttons for controlling volume, inputs and listening mode. Equipped with a proximity sensor, the backlit touch-sensitive controls automatically turn on when you're nearby or when you use the remote control. The backlit touch-sensitive controls stay off while you are watching your movie.
- IR Remote: The Dimension includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the soundbar speaker system.
- HDMI-CEC: The Focal soundbar speaker is also equipped with HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) protocol. If your TV is equipped with this function too, enabling this feature will allow you to control your soundbar with your TV's remote control.
Mounting Options: The Focal Dimension soundbar speaker can be table-top mounted using the included feet. You can also mount the Focal soundbar speaker to a wall using the included wall-mount bracket. Adjust the "Position" switch on the back of the soundbar speaker to optimize its sound for the type of installation (wall or table).
Eco Mode: The soundbar will automatically switch to Eco Mode when no audio signal has been detected for approximately 20 minutes. The amplifiers will be turned off to reduce power consumption.
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Why did you buy this?
Price and quality [ Edwin Mar 31, 2018 ]
I Have a pair of Focal chorus 807v speakers for listening to music with, and they sound rally good to me. I figure the Focal sound bar won't disappoint me, since I already know their product's. [ Terrance Nov 30, 2017 ]
I absolutely love Focal products... and have the Electra line in my living room and couldn't justify the price tag of another component setup for my bedroom... therefore a Focal soundbar is the perfect cost effective alternative. [ Brian Nov 17, 2017 ]
This is the only soundbar that outputs true dolby digital and dts. The ability to use an external Oppo disc player to decode the HD audio and SACD and pass the formats through hdmi via liner pcm to the soundbar. [ Edwin Jul 25, 2017 ]
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