Very few people have the luxury of owning a yacht; the current asking prices for the opulent floating cities reach into the stratosphere and having spent a few nights onboard 3 yachts in the Herzliya Marina in Israel and 2 ports in the Caribbean — I left rather depressed that I’ll never get to own one myself. 99.9% of the human race never will either so that gives me some form of solace. I understand that some yachts formerly owned by Russian Oligarchs might be on sale.
Not all of the floating monstrosities were my design cup of tea, but I was surprised to discover that all 3 owners had invested more than $100,000 USD (or more) into the A/V systems on their respective vessels.
The biggest issue with any CI system designed for marine or outdoor use are the conditions that it will be exposed to.
Yachts, fishing boats, sailboats, house boats, and cruise ships have very different durability requirements.
If you own an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, or shower (which I think is most people…people do shower…just not my kids) — there are water and humidity issues that you need to deal with if CI loudspeakers are part of your long-term plans.
Focal’s LITTORA CI Loudspeakers offer a wide range of solutions for your yacht (I’m not bitter), indoor pool, or home by the sea.
We live blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and our exposure to the elements has created more than a few problems over the past 14 years. You need a very different type of CI product for outdoor spaces. Like yachts. Sigh.
Fitting discreetly into walls and ceilings, both indoors and outdoors, these products benefit from Focal’s unique know-how to deliver an exceptionally high sound quality outdoors, while blending seamlessly into their surroundings.
The Sound of the French Riviera
The arrival of this offer follows on from the July 2021 opening of the Focal Powered by Naim showroom in Cannes, the first floor of which is designed to replicate a boat interior. In addition to its products, Focal offers real expertise – advice on the configuration and placement of speaker drivers, acoustic testing measurements, on-site sound design, sound tuning, and more.
Littora 1000 & 200 Series
The Littora range includes two series of in-wall and inceiling speaker drivers: Littora 1000 and Littora 200. The first is the flagship series. Made in France and inspired by the Utopia line of in-wall / in-ceiling products – Focal excellence – its two speaker drivers 1000 ICW8 and ICW10 offer outstanding outdoor sound.
Lending themselves as well to party use as to ultra-high-quality listening sessions, they are complemented by the 1000 ICW SUB10 subwoofer for a powerful and captivating sound. Littora 200 is the second series – its 200 ICW6 and ICW8 speaker drivers combine compactness and performance, delivering wide sound coverage.
Three outdoor loudspeakers are the final additions to the Littora 200 series: OD Sat 5, OD Stone 8 and OD Sub 12 for enjoying Focal sound in outdoor settings such as gardens, terraces, poolside and more.
Focal Know-How & IP Certifications
Since its creation in 1979, Focal has been excelling in research and development, particularly in the design of cones, the centerpiece of a speaker driver for ultimate sound reproduction. To meet the needs and respond to the constraints of marine and coastal environments, Focal engineers have developed the Fiber IP cone for the Littora 1000 series and the Iris IP cone for Littora 200, combining very high sound quality with impressive resistance.
These brand-new products blend performance, discretion, ease of integration but also perfect resistance to all weathers: in particular, they benefit from IP65 certification, an international standard designating the levels of protection offered by a material against the ingress of solids and liquids. The range therefore boasts perfect waterproofing and resistance to outdoor elements.
Indoor / Outdoor Mode & Accessories
For a custom system and listening experience, an angled bracket is provided as an accessory, with three sizes available (6″/15cm, 8″/20cm and 10″/25cm), enabling you to determine the tilt of the speaker driver and play the sound in the direction of your choice. It is also possible to adapt the sound of the speaker drivers by simply clicking on the button on the back, depending on whether they are to be used indoors or outdoors.
|LITTORA 200 ICW6||LITTORA 200 ICW8||LITTORA 1000 ICW8||LITTORA 1000 ICW10||LITTORA 1000 ICW SUB10|
|MSRP||$449 USD||$549 USD||$1,299 USD||$1,399 USD||$1,099 USD|
|MSRP (CAD)||$499 CAD||$599 CAD||$1,499 CAD||$1,599 CAD||$1,199 CAD|
|Recommended amplifier power||25 – 130W||25 – 150W||50 – 180W||50 – 200W||100 – 300W|
|Nominal impedance||8 Ohms||8 Ohms||8 Ohms||8 Ohms||8 ohms|
|Minimal impedance||4.2 ohms at 150Hz||4.2 ohms at 150Hz||4.3 ohms at 150Hz||4.3 ohms at 150Hz||4 ohms at 85Hz|
|Frequency response||65Hz – 28kHz||48Hz – 28kHz||45Hz – 40kHz||38Hz – 40kHz||25Hz – 500Hz|
|Tweeter||M’-shaped aluminium dome||‘M’-shaped aluminium dome||Beryllium||Beryllium||–|
|IP certification||IP65 (ASTMB117)||IP65 (ASTMB117)||IP65 (ASTMB117)||IP65 (ASTMB117)||IP65 (ASTMB117)|
|Crossover setting||Indoor/Outoor switch||Indoor/Outoor switch||Indoor/Outoor switch||Indoor/Outoor switch||–|
|Grille||Ready-to-paint aluminium||Ready-to-paint aluminium||Ready-to-paint aluminium||Ready-to-paint aluminium||Ready-to-paint aluminium|
|UV resistance||Yes (ASTMG53)||Yes (ASTMG53)||Yes (ASTMG53)||Yes (ASTMG53)||Yes (ASTMG53)|
|Operating temperatures||-25°C to 90°C||-25°C to 90°C||-25°C to 90°C||-25°C to 90°C||-25°C to 90°C|
|Number of mounting points||4||4||4||6||8|
|Connector||DT06-2S sealed||DT06-2S sealed||DT06-2S sealed||DT06-2S sealed||Etanche DT06-2S|
|Mounting depth||33/4″ (95.5mm)||41/2″ (113mm)||41/2″ (112.7mm)||43/4″ (122mm)||47/8″ (123mm)|
|Certifications||ROHS, ROHS 2, CHINA ROHS, REACH||ROHS, ROHS 2, CHINA ROHS, REACH||ROHS, ROHS 2, CHINA ROHS, REACH||ROHS, ROHS 2, CHINA ROHS, REACH||ROHS, ROHS 2, ROHS CHINE, REACH|
Price & Availability
- 200 ICW6 – $449 USD / $499 CAD
- 200 ICW8 – $549 USD / $599 CAD
- 1000 ICW8 – $1,299 USD / $1,499 CAD
- 1000 ICW10 – $1,399 USD / $1,599 CAD
- 1000 ICW SUB10 – $1,099 USD / $1,199 CAD
Available: November 2022