Focal Kanta No 2 speakers launched in the UK
Compact three-way floorstander with French design flair
Focal has added a new speaker to its Classic Home Audio collection, with the Kanta N°2 which is a totally new design from the French audio manufacturerBy utilising many of the company’s proprietary acoustic innovations with newly-researched techniques, Focal has created a (relatively) compact 3-way floorstanding speaker that attempts to combine the performance the brand is recognised for, with a new industrial design that we have to say looks rather lovely.
For the first time, the company has developed a loudspeaker combining its Flax sandwich cone speaker driver system with its Beryllium tweeter.
High-frequencies are reproduced by the new pure Beryllium tweeter designed and developed especially for the Kanta. The IAL 3 tweeter combines the principles of the IAL (Infinite Acoustic Loading) and the IHL (Infinite Horn Loading) tweeters developed for the Focal flagship Utopia range, which are designed to improve the absorption of sound waves and reduce the resonance frequency of the tweeter. The Focal Flax cone sandwiches flax fibre between two thin layers of glass fibre.
The 1 x 6.5” (16.5cm) midrange driver is equipped with a technology which they say has become a must for Focal: TMD suspension (Tuned Mass Damping). Each of the Kanta speaker's drivers are also equipped with NIC motors (Neutral Inductance Circuit), which stabilise the magnetic field, whilst delivering better controlled bass via the 2 x 6.5” (16.5cm) bass drivers.
To meet the criteria of a compact design, Focal engineers have reduced the volume of the bass cabinet, yet retained high-quality performance levels. This called for a new material to be utilised for the baffle, which would retain the high-levels of rigidity required, yet remain favourable to the acoustic conditions. Through research, Focal engineers discovered and developed a mono-bloc high-density polymer (HDP): this material is capable of a significantly higher performance compared to MDF, being 70% denser and 15% more rigid, with 25% increased damping. To avoid any diffraction of the sound, the mono-bloc baffle has been worked with the resultant shape offering only smooth edges, allowing the sound waves to flow across the surface. This has been attached to the rear housing of the cabinet, which is internally braced and constructed from moulded multi-ply wood to provide even greater rigidity.
Synonymous with all Focal high-end designs, Kanta employs the company’s ‘Focus Time’ driver alignment technology, which positions the drivers so that all soundwaves arrive at the listener’s ears at the same time. In addition, Focal ‘Power Port’ technology is used, with a port on the front and one on the rear of each speaker, extending bass response and limiting any dynamic compression of the bass signals.
To provide perfect coupling to the floor, the Zamac base, which includes adjustable spikes, offers greater overall stability whilst still maintaining the slim cabinet profile. The last finishing touches include an elegant glass plate on the top of the loudspeaker, and the magnetic, beret-type grilles.
The finishes for Kanta N°2 are designed to meet the demands for differing tastes and the housing is available in a lacquered black High Gloss finish or with a Walnut veneer. The front panel is available in four different colours for each of the two finishes with the black High Gloss housing offering four High Gloss finishes for the front panel – Carrara White, Gauloise Blue, Solar Yellow and Black Lacquer. Whilst with the wood veneer housing there are four matte finishes for the front panel – Ivory, Warm Taupe, Gauloise Blue and Dark Grey.
The Focal Kanta retails at £6,999 and is available in the UK now.
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