Focal is proud to introduce Astral 16, an exceptional multiroom audio-video processor and amplifier, the result of a collaboration with Immersive Audio Technologies, the French specialist in ultra high-end electronics. Combining cutting edge technologies and multiple features, this versatile solution promises an immersive home cinema experience that far outclasses its competition.

For 40 years, Focal has been continuously innovating and using its expert knowledge in the Hi-Fi sector to manufacture ultra high-performance products. And despite standing tall as a global leader across several sectors (acoustic loudspeakers, audiophile headphones, studio monitors, in-car kits, etc.), the French brand continues to play an important industry role and push the limits of innovation every day. By presenting its first ever 16 channel audio-video processor and amplifier, Focal has turned its desire to offer a complete, prestige solution for the Home Cinema world into reality. The resulting product – Astral 16 – is truly in a class of its own.

Like any true conductor who draws the best out of his orchestra, Astral 16 draws the very best out of high- fidelity and in-wall/in-ceiling loudspeakers by perfectly coordinating all the components within a sensational Home Cinema installation. Integrating a Class D Pascal Audio amplifier, Astral 16 has 16 channels, of which 12 are amplified and 4 are pre-amplified (balanced XLR outputs) and dedicated entirely to audio (filtering, equalisation, bass management, etc.). This rock-solid foundation is your official invitation to an immersive journey through images and sound of unrivalled quality (sampling frequency supported up to 192 kHz).

Astral 16 covers all audio formats (Dolby Atmos®, DTS:X™, etc.) and provides endless configuration options. Equipped with technology that allows adjustments based on room characteristics (Room calibration, with Dirac Live®) and delivered with a calibrated measurement microphone, Astral 16 can be fine-tuned to suit all possible acoustical environments and desires. Watching a film in one room while playing music in another, both with stunning sound, is no longer a dream but reality. In short, it is fully customisable, and comes with an app available on the App Store (via iPad) to drive the system you want room by room, as well as technical support (Remote Monitoring) for equipment diagnostics at any time.

Compatible with Control4, Crestron, Savant and RTI, Astral 16 benefits from the possibilities offered by these leading interface systems to enable perfectly seamless remote control of all your audio & video needs.

Available : May 2019

SRP:   £19,999 / €20,000

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About Focal –

For more than 35 years, Focal has been recognized as a leader on the global stage for its high fidelity products. The French company based in Saint-Étienne, manufacturers 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. A market leader in France, Focal exports more than 80% of its production, mainly to Europe, North America and South-East Asia. In 2011, Focal merged with Naim Audio Limited, the leader of high-end electronics in the UK. Vervent Audio Group, the resulting holding company, has a turnover of over €85 million.