FOCAL JMlab Aria 906

MJ01.11.2014

Stand mount monitors

Considering how cheap these speakers ar they represent one of the best buys in passive monitors category. In Focal they had used different cone materials in the past - from Kevlar to polymer compounds - but now they have come up with something even more organic than paper: the Aria uses flax fiber cones and they perform beautifully.

100% reference

Funkce a forma

90%
Ergonomie
44%
Zvuk
95%
Zpracování

The Aria 906 is Made in France. Looks like the Focal got inspired by Italian design and by French agriculture - the Aria 906 is both chic and environment friendly. The Aria 906's baffle is covered with a strip of leather that goes over the top of speaker and continues down up to the speaker's terminals. The front-firing reflex port makes placing the speakers in a room easier.

For midbass driver flax was the material of choice. The lightness of the flax fiber satisfies the criteria of high internal damping, high velocity and high flexural rigidity. The flax core is laminated from both sides by thin glass fiber layers. Flax is twice as light as fiberglass, because the fiber is hollow. It also has very low elasticity which makes it ideal to increase the flexural rigidity of a sandwich structure.

Aluminum/magnesium tweeter has been derived from the one in the Utopia range. The suspension between the dome and its bracket uses Poron, a material with shape memory, which - according to Focal- reduces distortion by a factor of three in the 2-3kHz range, where the human ear has very great sensitivity. Focal traditionally uses an inverted dome tweeters that should have very low directivity.

Nízké frekvence

Váha
40
Výbušnost
44
Artikulace
45

The Aria 906 is the smallest speaker in the Aria range, with only 25l of internal volume and 8.5kg of weight. It sports unusually high sensitivity (90dB) and rather standard impedance (8 ohms). In the room the bass could be heard from around 55Hz, which is sufficient for fundamental frequencies of e.g. bass guitar.

The Aria 906's bass is not deep but it is athletic and energic, fresh and juicy. It is good that the Aria's engineers voiced the 906 for ears rather than for measurements. The bass is very involving and gives the music a rhythmic base that makes listening very enjoyable even in the course of few hours.

Čistota rozlišení

Detail
68
Vzduch
62
Transparentnost
62

The Aria 906s are very transparent speakers - their sound is cleaner and more open than it is usual in this price range. Honestly speaking I would not hesitate to use the 906s even in much pricier audio set ups as these speakers really sing.

Tonální věrnost

Témbr
43
Dynamika
45
Časování
40

The Focal Arias are very dynamic speakers that provided me with plenty of detail thanks to the successful marriage of the midbass cone and the inverted dome tweeter. I liked microdynamics that were drawn against dark and quiet backdrop with delightful contrast. Thus the attack of a guitar string is a very real and very dynamic event. Not only the string is heard - the 906s let you hear the guitar's body, as well as I liked how they could differentiate between violas and violins which is usually beyond resolving capacity of speakers in this category.

Prostorovost

Trojrozměrnost
51
Šířka scény
50
Hloubka scény
50

The soundstage of Aria 906s is multilayered, with good focus and imaging. Don't expect them to throw scale and drama - I used them for near-field monitoring and they sounded amazing. If you put them further into the room then they cannot create big acoustic pressure, so rather expect 'reasonable' loudness from them.

Cena v době recenze:22 000,- Kč

Doporučení prodejci

CZ: Horn Distribution, Praha, +420 272 656 485

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