Focal Aria 906
(Priced Each Speaker)
BOOKSHELF 2-WAY LOUDSPEAKER
The Aria 906 is faithful to the DNA of the Aria range: refined high-end acoustics combined with excellent perceived value thanks to the use of noble materials. This 2-way loudspeaker allows users to enjoy all the qualities of the Flax cone: neutrality, presence and finesse. The intention was a return to the very essence of acoustics for those who are passionate about music. F cone are characterized by their natural sound, with low coloration, their richness of reproduction in the midrange register and their tighter bass. The result is a more homogeneous sound, improved dynamics. Aria offers a classic and modern design.
The Aria 906 is recommended for rooms measuring from 160ft2 (15m2) and from a listening distance of 8ft (2.5m).
For the TNF tweeter, we have brought two major evolutions to our aluminum/magnesium tweeter. The suspension between the dome and its bracket uses Poron, a material with shape memory.
This suspension method is directly derived from the famous Utopia Beryllium tweeter, making it possible to reduce distortion by a factor of three in the 2-3kHz range, where the human ear has very great sensitivity.
The inverted dome’s spatial characteristics and very low directivity already make it greatly superior to the conventional domes used by our competitors. This guarantees an incredibly stable sound stage which makes the listening position much less critical.
The flax cones are made in France exclusively by Focal since 2013. With their original design, the cone are entirely oriented towards acoustic performance. They are made of high quality flax fiber enclosed by two thin layers of glass fiber. Flax cones are characterized by their natural sound, with low coloration, their richness of reproduction in the midrange register and their tighter bass.
The lightness of the fiber satisfies the criteria of high internal damping, high velocity and high flexural rigidity. Flax is twice as light as fiberglass, because the fiber is hollow. It also has very low elasticity which makes it ideal to increase the flexural rigidity of a sandwich structure.
Two-way bass-reflex floorstanding loudspeaker
61/2” (16.5cm) Flax bass – midrange
1″ (25mm) Al/Mg TNF inverted dome tweeter
Frequency response (+/- 3dB)
55Hz – 28kHz
Low frequency point – 6 dB
Sensitivity (2.83V / 1m)
Recommended amplifier power
25 – 120W
Dimensions (H x W x D)
153/8x 87/8x 111/32” (390x225x280mm)
If you’re looking for an excellent pair of bookshelf or stand-mount speakers that will take your audio system to the next level, then these speakers are definitely worth an audition.
I really enjoyed my time with the Focal Aria 906 bookshelf speakers and they offer a significant upgrade on speakers costing up to $600. The extra $600 delivers a sound that is far more sophisticated, controlled and enjoyable. What’s more, the Aria 906 speakers are easy to drive and will work well with anything from a micro audio system all the way up to a full-blown set up using a beefy power amplifier. I particularly liked the fact that these speakers work well at lower volumes as well as at higher settings.
The Aria 906 is packed with Focal’s latest driver technology, and the results are fantastic. I was smitten by the Arias’ huge soundstage, neutral midrange, and beautifully rendered highs.
This bookshelf punches above its weight, and compares favorably with other well-regarded speakers, even above its price range. But the Aria 906 is greater than the sum of its parts — it was simply a wonderful speaker when I just wanted to relax and listen to some music.