For this installation Mr.Jacob warmly welcomed us to his abode on Depot Road. He shared with us how he enjoyed winding down after work by watching a movie or TV show with his wife or occasionally listening to streaming music on Spotify on his White Focal Dome Flax 5.1.2 Home Theatre System.
Impressed with how the Dome speakers performed and blown away by the sheer clarity and detail, which he told us was superior to his previous system, Mr.Jacob decided that the French-made Dome Flax 5.1.2 Home Theatre System was the upgrade he was looking for. This system, when paired with the Denon AVR-X3300W is capable of delivering Dolby ATMOS and DTS:X content to the five Dome Flax satellite speakers, two in-ceiling speakers, and the Focal Sub-Air.
Similar in aesthetics to the standard Dome series, the Dome Flax series satellite speakers offer a compact solution with the same flexibility in placement by offering multiple mounting options such as a wall, ceiling, and stand-mounting.
Front Speakers: Focal Dome Flax in High Gloss White
Centre Speaker: Focal Dome Flax in High Gloss White
Rear Speakers: Focal Dome Flax in High Gloss White
Ceiling Speakers: Focal 300ICW4
Subwoofer: Focal Sub Air in High Gloss White
Electronics: Denon AVR-X3300W AV receiver
The in-ceiling speakers, the 300 ICW 4’s share the same flax drivers as the satellite speakers, allowing for a consistent sound signature across the entire system; a luxury that can only be achieved when a speaker manufacturer keeps its technologies consistent throughout its custom installation and multimedia ranges.
The Sub Air was intentionally designed to be easy to integrate within most home environments and in fact, did its job of being unassuming so well that we didn’t even notice it surreptitiously tucked away in a corner by the sliding door to Mr.Jacob’s porch.
In addition to its mounting options, the Dome Flax has been upgraded with the same flax cone driver technology found in the larger Aria series.
These Flax drivers offer improved internal damping, rigidity, and lightness in the Dome series smaller form-factor, a design that delivers wider, a consistent dispersion which translates into improved coverage over a wider area such as a living room.
Unlike the majority of in-ceiling speakers that use a coaxial design with the tweeter protruding from a small stem in front of the speaker enclosure, Focal opted to use a more traditional driver layout similar to the Dome satellites and most bookshelf designs with the inverted Dome tweeter placed just above the mid-range flax driver. This allows the 300 ICW4’s to avoid the common pitfall of most coaxial designed in-ceiling speakers: sonic reflections from the stem that could possibly degrade the audio.
For the low-end duties, the Sub Air fills out the line-up with its slim 6.3-inch profile and 8” cellulose pulp cone woofer capable of reproducing finely tuned bass frequencies from 40Hz to 200Hz.