About the Focal Chora 806
It's all about the drivers
It's all about the drivers
Don't think of Focal as simply a speaker manufacturer. Think of them as a team of mad scientists developing new speaker technology in a French lab. Their dedication to improving driver design allows them to continually produce outstanding speakers at a wide range of price points. The Chora 806 bookshelf speakers occupy the most affordable end of the spectrum. To hear these gems at their best, pair them with high-quality speakers stands, like these matching stands from Focal.
Focal set out to improve upon the previous Chorus lineup (of which I was quite fond), with a new woofer design resulting from their relentless R&D.
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 806s look 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
- bass reflex design (front-firing port)
- magnetic grilles for woofers
- vinyl finish
- frequency response: 58-28,000 Hz (±3dB)
- nominal impedance: 8 ohms
- sensitivity: 89 dB
- recommended amplifier power: 25-120 watts
- 8-5/16"W x 17"H x 10-11/16"D
- weight: 16.2 lbs. each
- warranty: 5 years
- MFR # FCHORA806BK
What's in the box:
- 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
- 2 Grilles
- 8 Self-adhesive rubber pads
- User manual
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Features & specs
|Tweeter Type||Inverted Hard-Dome|
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||6.5|
|Frequency Response||58-28k Hz|
|Connector Type||Binding post|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||22-24|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The Focal Chora 806 bookshelf speaker utilizes a two-way driver design with a 1" TNF aluminum/magnesium inverted-dome tweeter and a 6.5" slatefiber cone woofer for precise and dynamic sound. It can be used in a stereo application, or as front and/or surround speakers in a home theater setup. The Chora Series bookshelf loudspeaker offers the most faithful sound reproduction, whether you are listening to a music or movie soundtrack. The Chora 806 works best in rooms measuring up to 269 sq/ft.
TNF Aluminum/Magnesium Tweeter: The Focal Chora 806 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
6.5" Slatefiber Cone Woofer: 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 806'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 bookshelf loudspeaker comes with a detachable magnetic cloth grille that covers the woofer. 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 806 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.
Mounting & Placement Options: The Chora 806 can be mounted on a bookshelf, on the optional Chora 806 Stand (sold separately), or on other speaker stand-mounts (sold separately - see Accessories Tab). Self-adhesive rubber feet are included to keep the speaker stable and protect your mounting surface. The rubber feet add approximately 0.0625" to the overall height of the speaker.
- A pair of bookshelf speakers should be positioned as close to ear level height as possible when seated in your main listening position.
- The 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.
Note: The Chora 806 does not offer a bracket, keyhole slot, or threaded insert to wall-mount 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.
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