What we believe is the industry’s most exclusive car audiophile system has shipped from Focal at $20,000.
When we say its the most expensive system to date, we are referring to a true production system for use by audio lovers, rather than a one-off statement piece for show.
The new car system is called the Focal “Ultima Kit,” and it draws on some of the technology used in Focal’s home audio top-of-the-line system that sells for the cost of a house in some markets, or $175,000.
The Ultima has three main components, the same Beryllium dome tweeter used in the home audiophile system, a 6.5 inch woofer plus and 8- inch subwoofer that is specially designed to provide tight and flat bass in compact enclosures.
The 6-driver, two-way active system does not include amplifiers.
US distributor Orca Design & Mfg. said Focal found there is a market for its super high end home audiophile system and decided to bring that same quality to the car audio market.
It is able to achieve superior sound in a two-way system because the tweeter is able to play down to 500Hz while most tweeters would crossover at about 3,000Hz said Orca’s Duane Pilgrim. “In the world of higher end, fewer drivers is better for phasing issues and avoiding the complications of trying to blend multiple drivers together,” he added.
Focal claims the system creates “unbelievable chemistry.”
It’s housed in a black satin enclosure and it’s supplied with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Actual US minimum advertised price is $19,999.