The latest addition to the Focal Classic Home Audio collection, the Kanta N°2 is a totally new design from the French audio manufacturer. By utilising many of the company’s proprietary acoustic innovations with newly-researched techniques, Focal has created a compact 3-way floorstanding speaker that combines the exceptional performance the brand is globally recognised for, with an exciting new industrial design that will blend in perfectly with any interior.
As befitting a brand with the acoustic heritage of Focal, Kanta is completely dedicated to performance. For the first time, the company has developed a loudspeaker combining its Flax sandwich cone speaker driver system with its legendary Beryllium tweeter. Housed within a totally new cabinet that offers a softer approach to design, Kanta is destined for music lovers who, above all, are searching for a loudspeaker that delivers the exceptional Focal performance in a compact design. However, as it is the case with all Focal designs, every detail is dedicated to acoustic performance, from the density and rigidity of the materials used for the front panel and housing, to the smooth edges on the baffle and the dual port design.
THE UNIQUE COMBINATION OF BERYLLIUM AND FLAX
High-frequencies are reproduced by a new pure Beryllium tweeter designed and developed especially for Kanta. The IAL 3 tweeter combines the principles of the IAL (Infinite Acoustic Loading) and the IHL (Infinite Horn Loading) tweeters developed for the Focal flagship Utopia range. Designed to improve the absorption of sound waves and reduce the resonance frequency of the tweeter, the IAL 3 delivers an effortless performance, blending perfectly with the mid-range drivers making it acoustically invisible.
Hand made in France and patented, the Focal Flax cone has already proved its worth in several of the company’s leading designs. By sandwiching flax fibre between two thin layers of glass fibre, Flax driver cones deliver high internal damping, high velocity of sound and high flexural rigidity. This unique driver cone design is characterised by its natural sound, with low coloration, richness of reproduction in the midrange register and tighter bass when used for low frequency duties.
The 1 x 6.5” (16.5cm) midrange driver is equipped with a technology which has become a must for Focal: TMD suspension (Tuned Mass Damping). Each of the Kantas speaker drivers are also equipped with NIC motors (Neutral Inductance Circuit), which stabilise the magnetic field to provide perfect definition, whilst delivering better controlled bass via the 2 x 6.5” (16.5cm) bass drivers. This unique combination of Flax and Beryllium delivers music with an incredibly natural yet musical performance.
VISUALLY SOFT–ENGINEERED PERFECTION
When it comes to innovation, constraints call for technology. To meet the criteria of a compact design, Focal engineers have reduced the volume of the bass cabinet, yet retained high-quality performance levels. This called for a new material to be utilised for the baffle, which would retain the high-levels of rigidity required, yet remain favourable to the acoustic conditions. Through research, Focal engineers discovered and developed a mono-bloc high-density polymer (HDP): a material which is capable of a significantly higher performance compared to MDF, being 70% denser, 15% more rigid, and 25% increased damping. To avoid any diffraction of the sound, the mono-bloc baffle has been worked with the resultant shape offering only smooth edges, allowing the sound waves to effortlessly flow across the surface. This has been attached to the rear housing of the cabinet, which is internally braced and constructed from moulded multi-ply wood to provide even greater rigidity.
EXCELLENCE IS IN THE DETAIL
Synonymous with all Focal high-end designs, Kanta employs the company’s ‘Focus Time’ driver alignment technology, which positions the drivers so that all soundwaves arrive at the listener’s ears at the same time. In addition, Focal ‘Power Port’ technology is used, with a port on the front and one on the rear of each speaker, extending bass response and limiting any dynamic compression of the bass signals.
To provide perfect coupling to the floor, the Zamac base, which includes adjustable spikes, offers greater overall stability whilst still maintaining the slim cabinet profile. The last finishing touches include a very elegant glass plate on the top of the loudspeaker, and the magnetic, beret-type grilles. Once removed, they reveal the speaker drivers’ Flax cones, the ultimate design feature which gives Kanta its unique style.
OBVIOUSLY MADE IN FRANCE
Kanta meets the criteria for the Focal core values in every aspect, with the new loudspeaker designed and crafted in France. The Flax cone sandwich, the speaker drivers and final hand-assembly are all hand-built at the Focal manufacturing plant in Saint-Etienne, along with all other Focal Home Audio products, including the Utopia, Sopra, Electra, Aria and Chorus lines.
A GREAT SELECTION OF FINISHES
The finishes for Kanta N°2 allow for numerous combinations to ensure that they perfectly integrate into any interior, and that they meet the demands for all different tastes. The housing is available in a lacquered black High Gloss finish or with a Walnut veneer. The front panel is available in four different colours for each of the two finishes:
With the black High Gloss housing: 4 High Gloss finishes for the front panel: Carrara White, Gauloise Blue, Solar Yellow, Black Lacquer.
With the wood veneer housing: 4 matt finishes for the front panel: Ivory, Warm Taupe, Gauloise Blue, Dark Grey.
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ABOUT FOCAL – www.focal.com
For more than 35 years, Focal has been recognised as a leader on the global stage for its high fidelity products. This French company based in Saint-Étienne (Loire department) and manufactures speaker drivers, home audio and multimedia loudspeakers, car audio systems, monitoring loudspeakers and audiophile headphones. Some of our loudspeakers and technologies have become world-renowned references in the Hi-Fi industry. All Focal products are designed and developed in France: they benefit from 35 years of innovation in exclusive and patented acoustic technologies. We have chosen to continue manufacturing products ‘Made in France’, where the quality and high standards of French workmanship place the brand above its competitors. A market leader in France, Focal exports more than 80% of its production, mainly to Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. In 2011, Focal merged with Naim Audio Limited, the leader of high-end electronics in the U.K. Vervent Audio Group, the resulting holding company, has a turnover of over €85 million.