The Focal Chorus 716 speakers are the most affordable tower speakers on offer from French manufacturer Focal. But don’t be fooled by the low price, as they are a fine showcase of the brand’s expertise gained from over 36 years of experience in the High Fidelity world, and in acoustics in particular.
Focal CHORUS 716 : Design
They have a fairly conventional but tastefully understated aesthetic, and their fantastic production quality is plain to see.
On the back of the speaker is a simple but high quality terminal, which can be used to connect stripped cables, as well as banana and fork connectors.
These speakers rest on 4 decoupling spikes.
Focal CHORUS 716 : Driver and Twitter
On the front is a 16.5cm Polyglass midrange driver. Polyglass is a cellulose fibre that contains glass microballs.
The midrange is joined on the front of the speaker by another 16.5cm Polyglass driver, this time for the bass frequencies. Both drivers use the same filtering system. The woofer’s mechanical structure and membrane prevent it from transmitting midrange frequencies, which is why the Chorus 716s are called ‘2-and-a-half-way’ speakers and not 3-way.
They use a bass reflex loading system, as you can see by the front-firing port located at the bottom of the speaker face.
The treble is taken care of by an inverted dome tweeter with a 25mm aluminium/magnesium membrane.
All of the drivers use an OPS filter, which reduces distortion and ensures the speakers are as much in phase as possible.
Focal CHORUS 716 : Listening and test review
The Focal Chorus 716 speakers deliver impressive sound quality that is truly exceptional value for money.
The balance really comes into its own after a break-in period of around 20 hours.
These Chorus 716 speakers deliver perfect timbre and excellent neutrality, making them highly versatile products with the capacity to perfectly reproduce the balance of a broad range of Hi-Fi equipment.
They are also able to faithfully reproduce music of all genres. The Chorus 716 speakers are dynamic, articulated and detailed. They know how to be subtle, articulate and nuanced when they need to be.
The upper mids are transparent and open, and the bass is quite simply superb, with an undeniable sense of realism,
The openness of these speakers is also incredible, even when paired with modest Hi-Fi equipment.
The Focal Chorus 716 speakers are some of the best, if not the best, tower speakers in their category. And they are 100% made in France!
CLASSICA **** - 2014
Type: tower 2.5 way
Frequency response at -3 dB: 50hz – 28 KHz
Frequency response at -6 dB: 41hz – 28 KHz
Gain factor: 91.5 dB
Impedance rating: 8 ohms
Min. impedance: 4.3 ohms
Filtering frequency: 300/3 000 Hz
Woofer: 1 x ‘W’ 16.5 cm Polyglass driver
Midrange: 1 x “W” 16.5 cm Polyglass driver
Tweeter: 1 x aluminium/magnesium inverted dome 25 mm
Recommended amp power: 40-200 W
Dimensions: 950 x 222 x 340 mm
Weight (each): 20.5 kg