Focal Sopra N°3 Black Lacquer Details
Focal Sopra N°3 (Black Lacquer): Dynamics, Harmonic Richness and Generous but Controlled Bass
- New Tuned Mass Damper (TMD) suspension
- New magnets with Neutral Inductance Circuit (NIC)
- New Infinite Horn Loading (IHL) tweeter
- Drivers developed and manufactured by Focal in France
- Magnetic grilles, Easy to put in place
- Tempered glass base and Stainless steel spikes Floor-facing vent
The Sopra N°3 is the longest standing loudspeaker of the line which perfectly combines dynamics, space optimization and harmonic richness. It features two 8¼" (21cm) woofers offering solid, rich and perfectly defined bass for music lovers looking for optimum performance. Despite its reasonable size, it will reveal its full potential in rooms measuring up to 860 ft2 (80 m2).
Sopra clearly inaugurates a new era for the “Premium High End” by taking into account new performance criteria. Compact, modern, a pure design, character... all these are essential factors to ensure perfect integration into your interior.
Equipped with best midrange drivers ever developed by Focal, with the NIC and TMD technologies, Sopra pushes back the limits of sound reproduction in terms of transparency in a very compact enclosure. Indeed, unlike Utopia, which is extravagant by essence and where size is by no means a constraint, Sopra aims for maximal compactness to ensure easy integration into reasonably sized rooms.
Stabilizing the magnetic field! NIC (NEUTRAL INDUCTANCE CIRCUIT)!
The magnetic circuit, an essential aspect of a speaker drive unit. The precision and detail of audio reproduction depends on the stability of the magnetic field. NIC technology (Neutral Inductance Circuit) permits to control the magnetic field and finally enables to master it in order to limit distortion. It decreases the effects of distortion and give the sound a very high-definition and an unprecedented dynamic.
The obsession with the midrange! TMD (TUNED MASS DAMPER)!
The midrange register is the most complicated to control in a sound system. Owing to the power of finite element analysis, Focal teams have revealed resonances which alter definition in the suspension which connects the cone to the basket.
The solutions already known for increasing the damping properties of the suspension all result in an increase of the mass which consequently alters definition. The answer came from a technology used in earthquake-resistant skyscrapers and which is also used for the suspension on racing cars. This technology is called a "Tuned Mass Damper": an additional mass oscillates in opposition to the resonance frequency to control it. The Focal Tuned Mass Damper consists in simply two tubular rings on the suspension to avoid deformation of the cone without afflicting the dynamics. It drastically reduces the distortion and increases the definition.
Getting the most out of the Beryllium Tweeter! IHL (INFINITE HORN LOADING)
Focal Beryllium tweeter features an incredibly light and extremely rigid dome, that deliver a transparent and dynamic sound. Its main limitation comes from the compression of air in the cavity behind it, which create interference with the incredible definition. To overcome this, the ideal would be to have a nearly infinite volume. But the requirement for Sopra to be compact meant that as much of the cabinet as possible had to be used for the bass. Exploring other options for loading the tweeter led Focal to come up with the IHL system.
The rear of the Beryllium tweeter is loaded via a small cavity which is connected to the exterior of the enclosure by a horn, and it’s inside is filled with a damping material. Sound waves from the rear of the tweeter are delicately and gradually absorbed. Its acoustic impedance approaches zero so that no resistance alters the movement of the dome. This reduces distortion by 30% and pushes definition to its maximum.
NO SACRIFICE OF PERFORMANCE TO AESTHETICS
The design agency Pineau & Le Porcher designed Sopra with one rule : No sacrifice of performance to aesthetics. The Sopra line is destined for the most passionate sound enthusiasts. Its design favours performance, whilst bringing together the qualities expected of an object which will be integrated into very elegant interiors and décors. Lacquered or bloodwood finishes are associated to noble materials to create an elegant line. Substantial efforts were made to give the front a tidy appearance, particularly around the speaker drivers, to iron out any aspects which could afflict the acoustics or the appearance. Sopra’s very structure is articulated around the intermediate section. This injected polyurethane component allows for the upper and lower cabinets to be inclined for the "Focus Time" (acoustic convergence of the channels).
The main theme of Sopra is deliberately uncluttered, though it still offers connoisseurs the opportunity to enjoy all the small details. The grille with an incremental meshing motif protects the Beryllium tweeter and gives it a strong identity. This motif is repeated for sealing the curved back panel of the middle section. The terminal board, the thumb nuts and the adjustable spikes have all been specially designed for Sopra, as have the few visible screws, all of which were manufactured by watchmaking experts.
MASTERING THE CABINET AND CHOICE OF MATERIALS
Made in France Sopra’s cabinet was designed in Focal's cabinet-making facility in Bourbon-Lancy (Burgundy, France) using the same manufacturing process as for Utopia The 69mm sandwich-machined front panel uses the same principle as ‘Gamma Structure’ to provide inertia and damping. Its density gives it the inertia necessary to provide a stable mechanical reference for optimal definition. The inside of the cabinet has no parallel side panels, and small Helmholtz resonators have been added to the lower section to prevent vertical standing waves. Glass was chosen as the material for the base of the loudspeaker to provide floor coupling, using spikes, which enabled the fastest propagation time possible, thus eliminating all halo effects in the bass.
|Name||Focal Sopra N°3 Black Lacquer|
|Sub Title||3-way Bass reflex Floor-standing Loudspeaker (Single)|
|Manufacturer Part#||.5 JMLSOPRN3BL|
|Shipping Offer||AUTHORIZED DEALER - FULL WARRANTY - FREE SHIPPING|
- Type : Three-way Bass-reflex floor standing loudspeaker
- Speaker drivers : 2 x 81/4" (21cm) “W” cone woofers with NIC 61/2" (16.5cm) “W” cone midrange with NIC and “TMD” suspension 11/16" (27mm) pure Beryllium IHL inverted dome tweeter
- Frequency response (+/- 3dB) : 33Hz - 40kHz
- Low frequency point - 6dB : 26Hz
- Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) : 91.5dB
- Nominal impedance : 8 Ohms
- Minimum impedance : 3.1 Ohms
- Crossover frequency : 250Hz / 2200Hz
- Recommended amplifier power : 40 - 400W
- Dimensions (H x W x D) : 4949⁄64 x 1553⁄64 x 2327⁄64 " (1264 x 402 x 595 mm)
- Net Weight : 154.32lbs (70kg)