Kanta No2: Focal's new loudspeaker.

Kanta No2: Focal unveils a new loudspeaker.

Source: Press Release, Last Accessed: 2017/10/24

The latest addition to Focal’s Classic Home Audio collection, the Kanta No2 is a totally new design from the French company. By utilizing many of their proprietary acoustic innovations, Focal has created a compact 3-way floorstanding loudspeaker that attempts to combine the exceptional performance the brand is globally known for, with an exciting new industrial design that will blend in perfectly with any interior.
For the first time, Focal has developed a loudspeaker combining its Flax sandwich cone driver system with its Beryllium tweeter. Housed within a totally new cabinet that offers a softer approach to design, Kanta is destined for music lovers who, above all, are searching for a loudspeaker that delivers the exceptional Focal performance in a compact design, the company states. And, as it is the case with all Focal designs, every detail is dedicated to acoustic performance, from the density and rigidity of the materials used for the front panel and housing, to the smooth edges on the baffle and the dual port design.
High-frequencies are reproduced by a new pure Beryllium tweeter designed and developed especially for Kanta. According to the press release, the IAL 3 tweeter combines the principles of the IAL (Infinite Acoustic Loading) and the IHL (Infinite Horn Loading) tweeters developed for Focal’s flagship Utopia range. Designed to improve the absorption of sound waves and reduce the resonance frequency of the tweeter, the IAL 3 delivers an effortless performance, blending perfectly with the mid-range drivers making it acoustically invisible.
Hand made in France and patented, Focal’s Flax cone has already proved its worth in several of the company’s leading designs. By sandwiching flax fiber between two thin layers of glass fiber, Flax driver cones feature high internal damping, high velocity of sound and high rigidity. This unique driver cone design is characterized by its natural sound, with low coloration, richness of reproduction in the midrange and tighter bass when used for low frequency duties, Focal says.
The 1x6.5-inch (16.5cm) midrange driver features Focal's TMD (Tuned Mass Damping) suspension, while all Kanta’s drivers are also equipped with NIC motors (Neutral Inductance Circuit), which stabilize the magnetic field to provide perfect definition, whilst delivering better controlled bass via the 2x6.5-inch (16.5cm) bass drivers.
To meet the criteria of a compact design, Focal’s engineers had to reduce the volume of the bass cabinet an approach which called for a new material for the baffle. Kanta features the mono-bloc high-density polymer (HDP), a material which is capable of a significantly higher performance compared to MDF, being 70% denser and 15% more rigid, while offering about 25% increased damping. This has been attached to the rear housing of the cabinet, which is internally braced and constructed from molded multi-ply wood to provide even greater rigidity. Kanta employs the company’s ‘Focus Time’ driver alignment technology, which positions the drivers so that all sound waves arrive at the listener’s ears at the same time. In addition, Focal’s Power Port technology is used, with a port on the front and one on the rear of each speaker, extending bass response and limiting any dynamic compression. To provide perfect coupling to the floor, the Zamac base, which includes adjustable spikes, offers greater overall stability whilst still maintaining the slim cabinet profile.

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