THE MAK­ING OF A LAND­MARK: FO­CAL UL­TIMA 3-WAY COM­PO­NENT SPEAK­ERS

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What does a company at the lead­ing edge of speaker tech­nol­ogy do to push it­self still fur­ther beyond? Come out guns blaz­ing with an über de­sign of course! En­ter the re­cently re­leased Ul­tima 3-way com­po­nent set; a re­sound­ing state­ment of Fo­cal’s en­gi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing might.

Most likely the most ex­pen­sive car audio speak­ers on the planet at $23,799 a set lo­cally, the Ul­tima builds on the Utopia range and adds a num­ber of tech­nolo­gies that take that very high-end range soar­ing yet higher.

e Ul­tima fea­tures a 75mm Beryl­lium tweeter with Poron sur­round all sit­ting in a laser-etched black an­odised alu­minium hous­ing.

e 6.5-inch (165mm) mid-bass driver fea­tures Fo­cal’s highly re­garded ‘W Sand­wich’ di­aphragm, ‘Power Flower’ mul­ti­ple fer­rite mag­net sys­tem, 40mm voice coil with ma­chined alu­minium phase plug, all sit­ting in a non-res­o­nant za­mak bas­ket sys­tem.

e piece de re­sis­tance, the 8-inch sub­woofer, fea­tures a large high­den­sity foam roll sur­round, a dual fer­rite mag­net sys­tem and, again, the fa­mous ‘W Sand­wich’ di­aphragm con­struc­tion.

e sys­tem has to run fully ac­tively so no crossover is pro­vided with the pack­age. e kit comes pre­sented in a be­spoke black satin wooden ight case with two of each driver type neatly pre­sented in foam cut-outs and in­cludes a Fo­cal CD to aid in the sys­tem’s set-up and tun­ing.

No crossover is pro­vided as th­ese driv­ers need to be driven ac­tively. e two large driv­ers fea­ture in­di­vid­ual en­graved se­rial num­bers and the pack­age comes with an authenticity certi cate as be­ing true Fo­cal Ul­tima prod­ucts.

Price: $23,799 Car audio: Fo­cal Aus­tralia 02 9724 6070 www.fo­calaus­tralia.com.au Home audio: Audio Mar­ket­ing 02 9882 3877 www.au­diomar­ket­ing.com.au ABOVE: The high­ly­ac­claimed Fo­cal SM9 stu­dio mon­i­tor.

Fo­cal’s Grande Utopia flag­ship.

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