Focal Astral 16

Discussion in 'AV Pre-Amp/Processors & Power Amps' started by IWC Dopplel, May 10, 2019.


    1. IWC Dopplel

      IWC Dopplel
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Sep 11, 2008
      Messages:
      4,041
      Products Owned:
      1
      Products Wanted:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      134
      Location:
      BATH
      Ratings:
      +533
      interesting I heard the very new focal Astral 16 at the Munich show....

      A good comparison as they played the two front focal speakers driven by the naim atom and then the 7.2 system and whilst it moved some air I wasn’t overly impressed tbh

      Also odd unit as it has class d amps built in for 12 channels and 4 processor out. Evidently the unit is based on a storm and will be near £20k
       
    2. Jamie

      Jamie
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Jun 27, 2007
      Messages:
      5,369
      Products Owned:
      2
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      136
      Location:
      Harrogate
      Ratings:
      +1,395
      Does anybody find it weird there's an even number of channels? 12 amplified channels seems a bit weird when one the most common layouts might be 7.4.2 so 11 channels of amps required
       
    3. themovierooms

      themovierooms
      Well-known Member AVForums Sponsor

      Joined:
      Aug 6, 2013
      Messages:
      1,006
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      117
      Location:
      Edinburgh
      Ratings:
      +858
      Focal are going to send me one of these to have a tinker with when it lands in the UK. I hope to write a detailed summation once I have it and will pop it in here as available.
       
    4. IWC Dopplel

      IWC Dopplel
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Sep 11, 2008
      Messages:
      4,041
      Products Owned:
      1
      Products Wanted:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      134
      Location:
      BATH
      Ratings:
      +533
      I’m sure it’s better than the demo suggested at the Munich show when they swapped from a naim uniti atom driving the same speakers which sounded dynamic and weighty to the Focal which sounded somehow a little hollow and loud but quite brash with for me a lack of real drive. This whole processor ‘thing’ is quite tricky !
       
    5. Phil Hinton

      Phil Hinton
      Editor Staff Member

      Joined:
      Jan 18, 2001
      Messages:
      10,500
      Products Owned:
      3
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      166
      Location:
      AVForums
      Ratings:
      +9,273
    6. Scott_Mac

      Scott_Mac
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Jul 4, 2005
      Messages:
      6,185
      Products Owned:
      2
      Products Wanted:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      136
      Location:
      Bromsgrove
      Ratings:
      +660
      Personally i think it's great that they're including amplification... i do find it a bit odd. If you're spending that much surely you're likely to already have power amplifiers?

      For me it would be perfect though as I don't have space for more than one box. Just a bit out of my price range though :D
       
    7. Ringnut

      Ringnut
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Jun 8, 2004
      Messages:
      1,695
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      116
      Location:
      Surrey
      Ratings:
      +1,928
      A £20K AVR? :eek: I think if I was paying that much I'd prefer my amps well away from my pre/pro stages.
       
    8. 494930

      494930
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Dec 15, 2016
      Messages:
      1,491
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      116
      Location:
      Lisburn
      Ratings:
      +1,345
      Even worse, it's a £20k AVR that doesn't even allow you to connect external amplification :eek: I can't see there being much of a market for this.
       
    9. leftygolferuk

      leftygolferuk
      Standard Member

      Joined:
      Jul 1, 2011
      Messages:
      14
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      Location:
      Essex
      Ratings:
      +0
      It is just a Storm unit rebadged, I don't believe there are any technical difference from the Astral to the Storm AVR unit (forgot the model number, but its also not on their website anymore, so maybe Focal bought the last load from them?)
       
    10. IWC Dopplel

      IWC Dopplel
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Sep 11, 2008
      Messages:
      4,041
      Products Owned:
      1
      Products Wanted:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      134
      Location:
      BATH
      Ratings:
      +533
    11. Rambles

      Rambles
      Distinguished Member

      Joined:
      Jul 14, 2004
      Messages:
      10,389
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      167
      Location:
      UK
      Ratings:
      +2,122
      The specifications say that is has a 1000 watt power supply. Presumably it's class a/b so half is lost to heat, leaving 500 watts to power 12 speakers for £20k. Hmm.
       
    12. flax

      flax
      Standard Member

      Joined:
      Nov 6, 2015
      Messages:
      26
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      16
      Location:
      Milan
      Ratings:
      +41
      Not a/b, I read the following:
      "Utilizing a Class D Pascal amplifier, 12 of the channels are amplified (200W at 8 ohms) and 4 are pre-amplified acting as dedicated audio channels which feature Digital Signal Processors for filtering, equalisation and bass management and culminating in balanced XLR outputs"
       
      Last edited: Jun 8, 2019

    Share This Page

    Loading...