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Fo­cal has added three new mod­els to its Kanta range, the: Kanta N°1 book­shelf, Kanta N°3 floor-standers, and Kanta cen­tre speaker. They join the pre­vi­ously-re­leased Kanta N°2 floor-standers. All new mod­els have bass/midrange driv­ers whose cones are made from flax/fi­bre­glass, and Beryl­lium-dome tweet­ers that use Fo­cal’s IAL (In­fi­nite Acous­tic Load­ing) and IHL (In­fi­nite Horn Load­ing) tech­nolo­gies. ‘ Kanta’s sleek, el­e­gant, lines will ap­peal to any­one who wants speak­ers that will de­liver ex­cel­lent sound and high lev­els of per­for­mance, yet will also in­te­grate dis­creetly into their home in­te­rior,’ said Deb­bie Stan­ton, of N.A. Dis­trib­u­tors, which dis­trib­utes Fo­cal in Aus­tralia. ‘ Now with four mod­els in the range, Fo­cal’s Kanta is a ver­sa­tile fam­ily of loud­speak­ers op­ti­mised for both the mu­sic lover and the home cin­ema en­thu­si­ast who ap­pre­ci­ate strik­ing de­sign and the trusted Fo­cal at­ten­tion to de­tail. All are avail­able in a range of high-gloss painted fin­ishes that in­clude Car­rara white, Gauloise blue, and so­lar yel­low as well as wood ve­neer in four dif­fer­ent matte fin­ishes.’

The flax/fi­bre cones are made us­ing a ‘sand­wich’ tech­nique where high-qual­ity flax fi­bres are en­closed be­tween two thin lay­ers of fi­bre­glass. ‘ Sand­wich tech­nol­ogy greatly in­flu­ences the neu­tral­ity of the sound pro­duced by the cone, which has al­ways been Fo­cal’s hall­mark,’ said Gareth Weller, of N.A. Dis­trib­u­tors. ‘ Sand­wich de­signs sat­isfy the key cri­te­ria of a high-per­for­mance di­aphragm: high in­ter­nal damp­ing, high ve­loc­ity of sound and high flex­u­ral rigid­ity… cri­te­ria that can­not be met by a mono-ma­te­rial cone.’

The Kanta N°3 is the top-line model in the range. It’s a three-way, four-driver floor-stand­ing model that has two 210mm-di­am­e­ter flax­coned bass driv­ers with non-in­duc­tive mag­netic cir­cuits (NICs). Fo­cal’s NIC tech­nol­ogy in­volves adding a Fara­day ring to the mag­netic cir­cuit of each bass driver whose di­men­sions, ma­te­ri­als and po­si­tion­ing are op­ti­mised so the driver’s mag­netic field is not af­fected by the phys­i­cal po­si­tion of the voice coil, the cur­rent flow­ing though it, or the fre­quency of the sig­nal it’s re­pro­duc­ing. The Kanta’s 165mm-di­am­e­ter flax-coned midrange driver also has a NIC mo­tor. The tweeter is Fo­cal’s lat­est gen­er­a­tion 27mm-di­am­e­ter in­verted dome Beryl­lium model. Fo­cal rates the over­all sys­tem fre­quency re­sponse of the Kanta N°3 as 33Hz–40kHz ±3dB, the sen­si­tiv­ity at 91dBSPL (1m/2.83V) and the nom­i­nal im­ped­ance as 8Ω (min­i­mum 3Ω). For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact N.A. Dis­trib­u­tors on (02) 8005 0670 or at the com­pany’s Aus­tralian web­site,

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