Focal Custom Outdoor Speakers

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Introducing the Custom OD 108/108-T and Chorus OD 706-V/706-VT

The Focal Custom OD 108/108-T outdoor speaker
The Custom OD 108/108-T is ideal for long- and mid-range use, yet is still suitable for nearfield listening with frequencies ranging up to 20 kHz. Focal

Despite the popularity and ease-of-use of wireless Bluetooth speakers, most aren't well-equipped to deliver exceptional quality at higher volumes across open spaces. It's a trade that one makes when choosing the convenience of a portable device. Whether you're looking to create a professional set up, or simply want to upgrade the backyard audio experience, installing fixed-position speakers can be the way to go.

French manufacturer, Focal, has announced the launch of a new line of outdoor speakers to be available in North America for the first time. The Custom OD 108 and OD 108-T and Chorus OD 706-V and OD 706-VT are designed with high-quality components to deliver crystal-clear audio outdoors. Each of these rugged speakers are built to be proofed against all weather and able to withstand even the most harsh and wet of environmental conditions.

Although these speakers have outdoor use in mind, consumers are free to choose indoor installation as well, be it for television, music, or public address. The Focal Custom OD 108/108-T and Chorus OD 706-V/706-VT each feature a jointed and notched wall fixing attachment that enables multiple positions for proper angling. Users can mount the speakers either horizontally or vertically. Included with each speaker is a removable plate with an integrated, anti-vibration foam-rubber cushion. This accessory serves to improve fit while reducing unwanted buzzing.

Not only are the ABS plastic exteriors designed to be high-damping, but the material is treated to provide protection against UV rays. Those interested in having the speakers blend in with walls or structures can opt to paint over the bodies and/or aluminum grilles. For connectivity, the Focal Custom OD 108/108-T and Chorus OD 706-V/706-VT speakers feature 8 Ohm impedance and plug in to AV receivers or amplifiers.

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Choosing Between the Custom OD 108/108-T and Chorus OD 706-V/706-VT

Focal Chorus OD 706-V/706-VT outdoor speaker
Those interested in short- or mid-range projection with a wide dispersion might consider the Chorus OD 706-V/706-VT with its two-way, sealed design. Focal

Depending on needs, one may opt for either the Custom OD 108/108-T or Chorus OD 706-V/706-VT speakers. Or maybe both. The Custom OD 108/108-T is ideal for long- and mid-range use, yet is still suitable for nearfield listening with frequencies ranging up to 20 kHz. Inside each unit lies an 8 in (21 cm) fiberglass midbass driver and a 1 in (25 mm) inverted aluminum dome tweeter. A bass reflex enclosure with bass port helps to deliver deep and punchy sound down to a frequency of 50 Hz.

Those interested in short- or mid-range projection with a wide dispersion might consider the Chorus OD 706-V/706-VT with its two-way, sealed design. A smaller, 6.5 in (16.5 cm) midbass driver delivers tight bass down to a frequency of 60 Hz. But it's the high-performance 1 in (25 mm) inverted aluminum/magnesium dome tweeter that makes an appreciable difference with its ability to reproduce audio up to an extended frequency of 28 kHz.

For more versatile installations, such as a single source powering multiple speakers daisy-chained together in series, the Custom OD 108T and Chorus OD 706-VT would be the ones to pick. These 70/100 V versions feature a switch on the back that allows users to toggle between the 8 Ohm, 70V, and 100 V power handling options.This opens up the possible configurations for creating multi-speaker setups, inside or out.

"While small, portable Bluetooth speakers have certainly made it easier to play music outdoors, they will never be able to offer the same sonic experience as having a single pair or multiple pairs of outdoor speakers placed around the backyard or outdoor installation," said Ben Jensen, president of Focal North America.

"The OD 108 and OD 706-V offer an incredible soundstage, high-performance crystal-clear audio covering a large frequency range. With two sizes and two configurations for each model, these are just as perfect for a customer’s home as they are for a multi-speaker installation at a theme park."

The Custom OD 108/108-T and Chorus OD 706-V/706-VT speakers are available to order now from Focal.

Source: Focal North America

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