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Focal Aria 936 - specification and points of interest
Enclosure type: floorstanding, three way bass reflex
3 x 6.5 inch (16.5cm) Flax bass drivers
6.5 inch (16.5cm) Flax midrange driver
1 inch (25mm) Al/Mg TNF inverted dome tweeter
Frequency response: 39Hz to 28kHz (3dB)
92dB for 2.83v at 1m
8 ohms
Recommended amplifier power: 50 - 300 watts
Weight: 29.00kg each
Height: 1035mm  |  Width: 294mm  |  Depth: 371mm
One of the reasons these speakers are so brilliant, is that they are physically large compared to a bookshelf design - please check dimensions and make sure you are definitely happy with a speaker this size before purchasing.
These floorstanders are supplied with adjustable spikes, which hold the speaker absolutely rigid, giving the best sound. The spikes actually cause LESS damage to carpets than castors or rubber feet, because a spike passes through the carpet pile and leaves no mark. Spikes should still be used on wooden floors - if you are worried about floor damage, simply use spike protector discs (which can be purchased cheaply from Amazon) or even a five pence coin, under each spike.
Walnut or Gloss Black
Focal Aria 936 speakers (B-Grade, very good condition)
Big Brother to Focal's excellent Aria 926 speakers

The 936 is essentially a 'turbocharged' version of Focal's ultra popular, highly reviewed 926 floorstander, which in turn is a turbo charged version of the company's ultra popular, highly reviewed 906 standmount design! All three models use exactly the same (excellent) drive units - you just get more of them and bigger cabinets as you go up the range. One tweeter plus one woofer in a 906; one tweeter plus three woofers in a 926 and one tweeter plus four woofers in a 936.

It's a simple, but highly effective formula, because the drivers are so good that they work brilliantly in each application, maintaining the same overall 'house sound', but giving you more of it with each model. There is a logical predictability as you move up the range, because more bass drivers and bigger cabinets will obviously result in a deeper sound, so each model has a 'weightier' presentation than its baby brother, as you would expect. However, there is also a dramatic increase in midrange 'presence' and 'realism', which is less predictable and comes as a very welcome surprise. This is, at least in part, down to the bass drivers being able to 'do their own thing' in the bigger, floorstanding multi drive unit models, compared to the 906 standmounter, where a single woofer has to handle both the bass and midrange frequencies.

Surprisingly, it is arguably the upgrade from 926 to 936 that yields the biggest incremental jump in sound quality. It is not unusual for customers in our demonstration room to report that the 936 is 'twice as good' as the 926. The 936 has the same overall tonal balance, but handles each frequency range even better, giving an incredibly dynamic, realistic presentation of all musical (and film) genres, with superbly detailed clarity, underpinned by thunderous (but amazingly tight) bass. If anything, the 936s bass is tighter than the 926's, which is not usually the case with such a large cabinet, multi drive unit design. In fact, we would say that we have never heard a speaker with as many drivers and as much weight and attack as this, sound as tight and 'together' as a 936.

The 936 is one of those speakers that will fill a large room with a gloriously musical, realistic presentation. It just feels so natural and 'right', regardless of the type of music being played. Visually, the most striking feature of this speaker is its beautiful, ultra rigid 'non parallel' (i.e. low resonance) curved side cabinet walls, clad in gorgeous Walnut or High Gloss Black finishes.  Housed within the cabinet are the equally striking 6.5 inch bass and mid driver cones, which are constructed out of flax, plus a high quality inverted dome tweeter.  The exquisite styling is perfectly complemented by a luxurious leather front baffle, a glass cabinet topper, magnetic grilles and an attractive, ultra rigid acoustically decoupled plinth. In use, the 936s sound as gorgeous as they look, generating a huge, all-encompassing soundstage, plus tremendous weight/attack.  These speakers are incredibly easy to drive for a big floorstander, so they actually sound great with virtually any amplification. However, put them with top flight British electronics, like Naim, Arcam, or Cyrus and they will sing like the angels!

You are going to need a medium to large sized room to allow these big floorstanders (please check the dimensions before ordering) to 'breathe' properly, but if you have that sort of space available, you will be hard pushed to find a speaker at twice the price that even comes close to the amazing 936s. In the right environment, these speakers are absolutely outstanding.

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