Immensely Stable Soundstages, Discrete Details, Authoritative Punctuality, and $500 Savings: Focal Aria 906 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Feature Flax Drivers and Poron-Suspended Tweeters
Treat yourself to a speaker that knows the importance of discrete details and provides immensely stable soundstages with the award-winning Focal Aria 906 bookshelf loudspeaker, available for $500 of list price. Exclusive flax cones and inverted-dome tweeters with shape-memory Poron suspension remain keys to Aria 906's enticing performance. Flax's inherent properties – lightness, carbon-like elongation, and self-damping abilities – make it a fantastic choice for the powerful 6.5-inch drivers, sandwiched by glass fiber that possesses low elasticity and high stiffness. Aria 906's tweeters employ a horizontal waveguide that translates into commanding punctuality. Top off the inner components with solid cabinets, and Aria 906 arrives to the dance as the belle of the ball.
In addition to sonic advantages gleaned from flax drivers, Aria 906 benefits from an evolved TNF tweeter. Here, the suspension between the dome and bracket in Focal's world-famous aluminum/magnesium tweeter employs Poron, a material with shape memory. This suspension method directly derives from Focal's flagship Utopia Beryllium tweeter and makes it possible to reduce distortion by a factor of three in the 2-3kHz range, where the human ear has very great sensitivity. Equally important, the inverted dome's spatial characteristics and low directivity deem it greatly superior to conventional domes and ensure an incredibly stable soundstage that makes off-axis listening possible. Try a pair of Aria 906 in your own listening room today with the security of our 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee and hear why these beauties perform far beyond their price point.
"If you value standmounters with scale, power, and refinement, you won't find better for the money."
– What Hi-Fi?, five-star review
“The Aria 906 just gets music right and at 1500 bucks, does so for a song.”
—Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, 2019 Editors’ Choice Award
A Focal Exclusive: Flax Driver Technology
Lightweight, strong, and organic, flax fiber features inherent properties lend to high internal damping, high velocity, and flexural rigidity. Woven flax drivers in Aria Series are lighter than paper drivers, less resonant than plastic drivers, and as stiff as metal drivers. Especially suited for voices, they boast a neutral, rich sound much more natural, clear, and present than that of any of the aforementioned driver types. To give extra flax rigidity, Focal uses the same technique developed for its "W" cone drivers and sandwiches the flax between layers of glass literally baked into shape. The method gives the drivers unique speed and drive – as well as a visual appeal that makes the weave clearly noticeable and showcases the technology underneath.
Valuing Refinement in a Distracted Age
Refinement can be hard to find in today's distraction-addled age. Made in a dedicated factory in France with proprietary technology – including aluminum/magnesium tweeters and flax woofers – Focal's Aria Series reproduces music with an acoustic finesse, naturalism, and smoothness that allow you to pause, slow down, and focus on the performance at hand. Playing with near-undetectable coloration and stunning neutrality, Aria Series features a rich midrange and taut low end that yields expansive, homogenous sound second only to the high-end build and comparatively modest price points.