There's No Substitute for Fine Craftsmanship and In-House Build: Focal Chora 826 Tower Loudspeakers Feature Slatefiber Drivers, Play with Remarkable Speed and Balance
Get a serious taste of the remarkable speed, pinpoint accuracy, and upper-register refinement of Focal's legendary Utopia speakers for a fraction of the cost with the Chora 826 tower loudspeaker with Slatefiber drivers. The latest in a long line of innovations developed by the company, exclusively designed and manufactured by Focal, and the winner of the prestigious 2020-2021 EISA Award for Best Value Floorstanding Loudspeaker, the slate-like-looking material exhibits exceptional responsiveness, sharp precision, and sumptuous balance. Add to the equation the smooth, natural high frequencies produced by Focal's vaunted inverted-dome TNF aluminum/magnesium tweeter, and the 3.5-way Chora 826 plays with an emotionalism that passes discerning music lovers' litmus tests while possessing the muscularity and toughness necessary to render the dynamic complexity of movie soundtracks with palpable force.
Rejecting the common practice of using off-the-shelf parts to cut costs, Chora 826 arrives entirely designed and built in France. A prime example of such commitment to excellence lies with the speaker's cutting-edge thermoplastic polymer and non-woven recycled carbon fibers – used to create Chora 826's two 6.5-inch Slatefiber woofers and newly engineered 6.5-inch midrange. In concert with the aerodynamic front port engineered to lower distortion, Slatefiber's light weight and substantial rigidity enable Chora 826 to produce heart-stopping transients and taut, tuneful bass. You'll also hear rich tonality and minimal coloration. And Chora 826 stands as the first transducer to utilize Focal's brand-new tilted speaker stand that dramatically improves time alignment.
Part of virtually every audiophile's wish list, traits like seamless frequency integration, natural tonal balance, and three-dimensional soundstaging are not usually associated with sub-$5k towers. But they all help define what you can expect Chora 826 to deliver day in and day out. Of course, that's what happens when a company pledges stubborn adherence to fine craftsmanship standards and remains committed to audiophile sound more than four decades after first taking up the mantle. With Chora 826, Focal celebrates 40 years in style. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"It would also be hard to complain about the sound of these speakers even if they carried twice the sticker price. We live in a wonderful time for high-performance audio, and it's only getting better all the time."
– Dennis Burger, Home Theater Review
"The Chora 826 seems to have been very cleverly voiced. It's so enjoyable that its foibles don't seem to matter when you're frantically tapping your feet along to your favourite music. Given Focal's design expertise over the years, perhaps we shouldn't be surprised."
– David Price, Hi-Fi News
"[The] speaker has a sound that'll make you want to keep on listening, with both bass weight, treble clarity and sparkle. It's also easy to set up and position, will work with modest amplification, and sounds good in almost any room. However you look at it, this speaker offers a lot of performance for the money."
– EISA, 2020-2021 Best Value Floorstanding Loudspeaker Award