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Focal Sopra N°3 perfectly combines dynamics and harmonic richness

Dale Davies |
The longest standing loudspeaker of the line, Focal Sopra N°3 perfectly combines dynamics, space optimisation and harmonic richness.

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With its two 8¼" (21cm) woofers, this loudspeaker offers solid, rich and perfectly defined bass for music lovers looking for optimum performance. Despite its reasonable size, it will reveal its full potential in rooms measuring up to 860 ft2 (80 m2). Sopra clearly inaugurates a new era for the “Premium High End” by taking into account new performance criteria. Compact, modern, a pure design, character... all these are essential factors to ensure perfect integration into your interior.

Equipped with best midrange drivers ever developed by Focal, with the NIC and TMD technologies, Sopra pushes back the limits of sound reproduction in terms of transparency in a very compact enclosure. Indeed, unlike Utopia, which is extravagant by essence and where size is by no means a constraint, Sopra aims for maximal compactness to ensure easy integration into reasonably sized rooms.

The design agency Pineau & Le Porcher designed Sopra with one rule : No sacrifice of performance to aesthetics. The Sopra line is destined for the most passionate sound enthusiasts. Its design favours performance, whilst bringing together the qualities expected of an object which will be integrated into very elegant interiors and décors. Lacquered or bloodwood finishes are associated to noble materials to create an elegant line.

NIC technology (Neutral Inductance Circuit) decreases the effects of distortion and give the sound a very high-definition and an unprecedented dynamic. Focal teams have revealed resonances which alter definition in the suspension which connects the cone to the basket. The answer came from a technology used in earthquake-resistant skyscrapers and on racing cars. TMD technology consists of optimising the suspension profile which controls the resonance in order to drastically reduce distortion and increase the definition of bass and midrange.

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