We got a chance to hear some of Focal’s in-wall speakers at a recent audio show in Chicago. The results were very impressive from a sonic standpoint, especially when you consider the utilitarian use of space in the design. This week the France-based company announced it was expanding the in-wall offerings with a new angled in-ceiling speaker called the 300 ICA6.
The new 300 ICA6 speaker offers an Aluminum/Magnesium inverted dome tweeter and 6.4″ Flax cone to match their home theater and hifi offerings. Drivers are integrated into the basket at an angle, which could open up some interesting placements for those who want to up the “significant other acceptance factor” by moving the visual appearance to an even more discrete location. Grill covers can be utilized for and even more stealth approach than the image below.
More info in the press release:
May 10, 2022 – The leading French brand in the audio sector unveils the 300 ICA6 angled in-ceiling loudspeaker at the ISE (Integrated System Europe) exhibition in Barcelona (10th-13th May). Discrete and easy to install, this versatile loudspeaker joins Focal’s current 300 Series line. By supplementing its range with a product for hi-fi or Home Cinema setups, Focal can offer a completely reinvigorated listening experience at home and confirms its position as a benchmark in the integrated solutions market.
FOCAL TECHNOLOGIES AND SAVOIR-FAIRE
Inspired by the 1000 ICA6 loudspeaker from the high-end 1000 Series range, the 300 ICA6 joins the 300 Series incorporating all the features that made it so successful: meticulous French manufacturing in Focal’s workshops in Saint-Étienne with an Aluminum/Magnesium inverted dome tweeter and Flax cone, exclusive technologies for high quality precision and total sonic coherence with the brand’s classic loudspeaker lines Aria and Kanta. In addition, the ready-to-paint magnetic grilles supplied with the product ensure a completely unobtrusive installation.
AN ANGLED IN-CEILING LOUDSPEAKER
The 300 ICA6 has a 61/2″ (16.5cm) speaker driver and is angled at 35° to counteract the “shower effect” experienced with other loudspeakers. The angle also means that it can be positioned in several ways in the ceiling, including in corners for fully discreet sound delivery. Using the product in a Dolby Atmos®/ DTS:X loudspeaker greatly enhances 3D audio effects and the overall experience, making it the perfect complement for a 300 Series Home Cinema installation. The Easy Quick Install patented technology guarantees quick and tool-free installation, too.
AN ENDLESS PRODUCT PATHWAY
When it comes to designing, developing and manufacturing its products, Focal considers all the ways in which they will be used and tries to design a product pathway of discovery for its clients. Every Focal system can be added to and/or switched with the next range up within the universe of aesthetically and acoustically harmonious products it has created. As the 300 ICA6 has a similar design and is the exact same size as the 1000 Series products, you can easily grow and develop your system.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Focal’s 300 ICA6 angled in-ceiling loudspeaker will be available September 2022 for $499.
More info: Focal 300 ICA6