I’ll admit to being late to the Focal party. I’ve heard some of their most expensive speakers driven by amplifiers that cost more than what I’m spending this year for college (feeling kinda poor) and not been blown away. After that experience, I was slightly hesitant (but still curious) to review the Chora 806; color me not surprised that these stand-mount speakers turned out to be one of my favorite products of 2020. Focal has a true advantage over other brands because it has the resources to design and manufacture almost everything in-house and it clearly shows across its very extensive product lineup. The newly expanded Focal Aria K2 loudspeaker range needs to be on your radar; these are really well made speakers.
Focal and Naim have also forged ahead in 2021 with their Focal Powered by Naim boutiques across N. America, Europe, and Asia. We were given exclusive access to the Focal Powered by Naim Houston location in June and we were more than just a little impressed by the concept; these two brands understand they need to offer a completely different and focused lifestyle approach to audio retail.
Focal, the leading French audio brand, is adding a new bookshelf model and a center speaker to the Aria K2 family, allowing for a range of thrilling hi-fi and home cinema set-ups, alongside the Aria K2 936 floorstanding speaker launched last year. The new Aria K2 906 and Aria K2 Center Channel Speaker are making their debut this week at CEDIA 2021.
Aria K2 906
Focal Aria K2 Center
Aria K2 is a special edition of the original high-performance Aria 900 range, first launched by Focal in 2013. The Aria K2 906 and Aria K2 Center join the Aria K2 936 in offering an exceptional listening experience, enabled by range of Focal innovations, including a next-generation K2 cone.
Manufactured in France at the Focal workshops, this aramid fiber cone is an evolution of the iconic Polykevlar cone featured on classic 1980s JMLab speakers. The original was engineered to improve the balance between weight, rigidity and damping, with the goal of guaranteeing high-quality audio performance with any musical genre.
The all-new Focal K2 cone applies fresh technologies and techniques to enhance your music and movie listening further still. It is now composed of a very light foam layer, sandwiched between a layer of Aramid fibers and a layer of fiberglass, ensuring clear and precise sound void of any coloration. Perfectly complementing the K2 cones are aluminum/magnesium TNF tweeters, with Poron suspension for a smoother sound.
Focal K2 936
The new Aria K2 906 and Aria K2 Center join the Aria K2 936 in having an ultra-rigid cabinet construction, featuring non-parallel elements – all in the service of reduced vibrations and outstanding neutrality.
All speakers come in an Ash Grey finish exclusive to Focal. This premium finish – also seen on the company’s flagship Utopia products – combines with a leather-effect front panel for added elegance.
Aria K2 products work together in perfect aesthetic and sound harmony. As such, Aria K2 936 or 906 can be installed on their own or they can be combined with Aria K2 Center in a home theater system. Focal also recommends linking this range with the Sub 1000 F subwoofer to give your home cinema installation a deep and powerful boost of bass.
Price & Availability
The new Focal Aria K2 loudspeakers will be available later this month (September 2021), with suggested retail prices as follows:
- Focal Aria K2 Center – $1190 each
- Focal Aria K2 906 – $1,990/pair
- Focal Aria K2 936 – $5,990/pair at Amazon (available now)
- Focal Sub 1000 F – $1,990 at Crutchfield | Amazon (available now)
For more information please visit: Focal Aria K2 Speaker Range
|K2 Center||K2 906||K2 936|
|Type||Bass-reflex 2-way center speaker||Bass-reflex 2-way bookshelf loudspeaker||3-way bass-reflex floorstanding loudspeaker|
|Speaker drivers||2 x 6-1/2″ (16.5cm) K2 Bass/Midrange||6-1/2″ (16.5cm) K2 Bass/Midrange||6-1/2″ (16.5cm) K2 midrange|
|3 x 6-1/2″ (16.5cm) K2 woofer|
|1″ (25mm) Al/Mg TNF inverted dome tweeter||1″ (25mm) Al/Mg TNF inverted dome tweeter||1″ (25mm) Al/Mg TNF inverted dome tweeter|
|Frequency response (±3dB)||57Hz – 28kHZ||55Hz – 28kHz||39Hz – 28kHz|
|Low frequency cut-off (-6dB)||50Hz||47Hz||32Hz|
|Nominal impedance||8 Ohms||8 Ohms||8Ω|
|Minimal impedance||4.3 Ohms||4.6 Ohms||2.8 Ω|
|Recommanded amplifier power||40 – 200W||30 – 120W||50 – 300W|
|Crossover frequency||2,800Hz||2,800Hz||260Hz / 3,100Hz|
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||21×95/8×77/8″ (533x245x200mm)||87/8x11x153/8″ (225x280x390mm)||451/4×119/16×145/8″ (1,150x294x371mm)|
|Weight (with grille)||23.15lbs (10.5kg)||18.7lbs (8.5kg)||64lbs (29kg)|