|New Limited Edition Electra Be Models Celebrate Focal-JMlab's 25th Anniversary|
|Home Theater News Floorstanding Loudspeakers News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Monday, 12 April 2004|
To celebrate the company’s 25th Anniversary, Focal-JMlab has produced three new special specification Electra models as part of a numbered, limited-edition series to be called Electra Be. The series will run parallel to the current Electra range and will include a two-way stand mount- Electra Be 907- and two floor standing speakers- the Electra Be 927 and 937 with 165 mm and 210 mm bass drivers, respectively.
The new speakers will be offered in a choice of two finishes with a host of technical upgrades including the Beryllium tweeter, which is normally reserved for the Utopia Be range. The worldwide availability for the Electra Be products will be strictly limited, with just 1000 units of the Electra 907, 500 units of the Electra Be 927 and 300 units of the Electra Be 937 being produced. The Electra 907 was the first to launch last month. The 927 and 937 will launch in the near future.
The new Electra Be products not only celebrate a special occasion but also continue with a policy of moving technology into lower ranges. The new products bring together nearly all of Focal-JMlab’s hi-end technologies and in particular are the first products outside of the Utopia Be range to use the pure Beryllium reversed dome tweeter.
The Electra 907
The Electra 907 Be closely follows the silhouette of the existing Electra 906 model. Both are relatively compact two-way stand mount speakers (with the option of the dedicated SME stand) – sharing the Focus Time technology to achieve coherent phase and gamma construction to ensure a mechanically inert cabinet.
New Pure Beryllium Tweeter
The Electra Be range is the first to introduce the new TCE Be tweeter which adopts the same pure Beryllium reversed dome used by the TBU design- found in Utopia Be models- and with the same ability to cover 5 octaves, from 1kHz to nearly 40,000kHz, thanks to this exclusive material’s unique combination of light weight, rigidity and damping.
All of the motor parts (voice, coil, suspension) are again taken directly from the TBU’s design with the exception of a high-energy ferrite magnet, which replaces Focus Ring technology, with its Samarium Cobalt assembly and ring of Neodymium.
The TCE Be benefits from Focal-JMlab’s evolution of Beryllium technology which has hallowed the new tweeter to comfortably reach down to 850Hz, optimizing its coupling with the mid-range driver and keeping the two membranes close together to reduce phase distortion. A removable magnetic grill is also provided to protect the tweeter.
New Sandwich Construction Composite W Cone
W cone technology debuted in 1995 as a part of the launch of the original Grande Utopia; however, the technology has been continually evolved over the past eight years. By varying the number of layers of glass or the thickness and structure of the internal damping foam, W cone technology allows the almost infinite adjustment of rigidity, damping and weight characteristics so that each membrane can be optimized according to the precise frequency range it is to reproduce. For the first time, the new Electra Be range will introduce a W cone with a new sheet of denser glass and with a foam layer two times thicker to jointly optimize rigidity and damping.
New Cabinet Detail and Finish
The technological association with the Utopia Be range is continued by the finish of the products, with the sides of the cabinet in burr ash and the main body in a gloss black lacquer. Two finishes are available: Signature with the sides in a red burr ash and Classic which is effectively a light gold color somewhere between the Utopia Be’s Classic and Avant-Garde options. Both finishes complement the gloss black of the main cabinet and the large brushed aluminum mounting plate for the tweeter.
OPC Filtering and New Connectors
The quality if these new loudspeakers gives them linearity and wide frequency response but with very low directivity, this allows the use of Focal-JMlab’s OPC filtering to optimize phase. The result is a natural and deep stereo image that has an almost holographic precision according to Focal-JMlab.
Electra Be is also the first product to use Focal-JMlab’s new heavy-duty speaker terminals which were designed to offer better grip and increased torque to ensure a better quality contact. They are compatible with standard banana connectors, forks or stripped cable.