PRICE $8,360 (as tested)
AT A GLANCE
Great overall sound with movies and music
Integrated Atmos Elevation speakers
Impressive clarity from center speaker
Pricey sub with limited features
Boxy design for Focal speakers
Focal's 5.1.4 Chora system delivers impressive performance for the price and is equally adept at movies and music.
Some may see France's Focal as a maker of $100,000-plus speakers and $4,000 headphones. But while the company does maintain a high profile in the high-end through products like its Utopia towers, the reality is that Focal makes speakers—and headphones—that cover a wide range of price points. It's been nearly ten years since Sound & Vision reviewed a full-scale Focal home theater speaker system—a $25,000 rig with Beryllium tweeters. This time out we're looking at the company's affordable new Chora series, a lineup that notably includes speakers with upfiring drivers to handle Dolby Atmos and other immersive audio formats.