2.5-WAY FLOORSTANDING LOUDSPEAKER
Described as being ‘ideal for home cinema’, the Chora 816 loudspeaker is also excellent at playing music. It’s part of the new entry level loudspeaker range from Focal. With the asthetics designed by Simon Matthews, the man who has designed Naim casework for many years, there is, certainly in black, a visual synergy with Naim the naim uniti products. They’re an excellent sonic match too.
Cabinets feel solidly built. The outer wraps are all synthetic (three finishes) and the fronts are in a contrasting or complementary colours. Both the wood finishes are quite plausible in either walnut or light oak but, for us, the triumph is the black, which looks just like black anodized brushed alluminium with a gloss front baffle. Speaker grilles are, erm, minimalist!
The Chora 816 model is a 2.5-way bass-reflex floorstanding loudspeaker. Its woofer and midrange/bass speaker driver, both equipped with the Slatefiber cone, work in perfect harmony for a voluptuous sound reproduction and a perfect bass impact. The sound finds its full dimension in your listening room, with a dynamic midrange and remarkable power handling. A front port is placed below the loudspeaker to reduce distortion and, thanks to the tilt of the loudspeaker stand, Time Alignment provides a soundstage focused on the listener.
Chora 816 blends seamlessly into rooms of up to 323ft² (30m²).