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Focal Chorus 700 5.1 Speaker System

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Introduction

While not sold in big box retail stores nor shipping Internet-direct to consumers, Focal has built and maintained a solid reputation in the audiophile community by offering top tier sound quality. Being very familiar with the brand, it was with great anticipation that I agreed to review the Chorus 700 speaker system. The Chorus 700 series is at the lower end of Focal's speaker lineup, and the review system consisted of a pair of 726V three-way tower speakers, a CC700V center channel speaker, a pair of 706V bookshelf speakers for the rear, and a SW700V subwoofer. At roughly $3,600 for the package, I was eager to see how the Chorus system compared to its mass-market competitors. Furthermore, can the 700 series live up to the reputation of its higher priced siblings?

Specifications

  • 726V Tower Speakers
  • Design: Three-way Ported
  • Drivers: One 1" Aluminum/Magnesium Dome Tweeter, One 6.5" Midrange, Two 6.5" Woofers
  • MFR: 49 Hz - 28 kHz, ± 3 dB
  • Sensitivity: (2.83 V/1 m): 91.5 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Minimum Impedance: 2.9 Ohms
  • Crossover frequencies: 300 Hz, 3 kHz
  • Recommended Power: 40 - 250 Watts
  • Dimensions: 39" H x 8.8" W x 14.8" D
  • Weight: 51.7 Pounds/Each
  • MSRP: $1695/Pair USA
  • CC700V Center Channel Speaker
  • Type: Two-way Ported
  • Drivers: One Aluminum/Magnesium Dome Tweeter, Two 6.5" Mid-bass
  • MFR: 61 Hz - 28 kHz, ± 3 dB
  • Low Frequency Extension: 52Hz
  • Sensitivity (2.83 V/1 m): 91 dB
  • Nominal impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Minimum impedance: 5.2 Ohms
  • Crossover frequency: 3 kHz
  • Recommended Power: 25 - 120 Watts
  • Dimensions: 7.3" H x 19.4" W x 9" D
  • Weight: 16.5 Pounds
  • Price: $495 USA
  • 706V Bookshelf Speakers
  • Design: Two-way Ported
  • Drivers: One 1" Aluminum/Magnesium Dome Tweeter, One 6.5" Mid-bass
  • MFR: 55Hz - 28kHz
  • Low Frequency Extension: 47 Hz
  • Sensitivity (2,83 V/1 m): 90dB
  • Nominal impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Minimum impedance: 3.6 Ohms
  • Crossover frequency: 3 kHz
  • Recommended Power: 25 - 120W
  • Dimensions: 15 3/8" x 8 3/4" x 11 9/16"
  • Weight: 18 Pounds/Each
  • MSRP: $650/Pair
  • SW700V Subwoofer
  • Design: Ported
  • Driver: One 11" Polyglass
  • Amplifier: 300 Watts RMS BASH
  • MFR: 36 Hz - 160 Hz
  • Low Frequency Extension: 29 Hz
  • Low Pass: 40 Hz to 160 Hz
  • Dimensions: 16.6" H x 12.3" W x 17.1" D
  • Weight: 33.7 Pounds
  • MSRP: $795 USA
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