FOCAL ASTRAL 16 A/V PROCESSOR AMPLIFIER ANNOUNCED

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1st April, 2019

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FOCAL ASTRAL 16 A/V PROCESSOR AMPLIFIER ANNOUNCED

Focal is a name synonymous with highly regarded loudspeakers, whether domestic or auto. Well, as of today the French brand may equally become renowned for audio-video electronics thanks to the newly announced Focal Astral 16.

In collaboration with fellow French specialists, Immersive Audio Technologies, the Astral 16 is reported to feature exceptional multiroom audio and video processing, cutting-edge technologies, and a “versatile solution [that] promises an immersive home cinema experience that far outclasses its competition.” Well, go large or go home.

Focal Astral 16

Focal Astral 16

The Astral 16 uses Class D amplification for 12 amplified channels, with an additional four preamplified channels (balanced XLR outputs) dedicated entirely to audio (filtering, equalisation, bass management, etc.)

Focal Astral 16Output power has been stated by Focal as 12 x 200 watts simultaneously (8 Ohm / .1% THD)

Furthermore, the high-end a/v component also supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and emerging formats (though there's no mention of IMAX Enhanced), is 4K UHD capable, HDR support including HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, and is also equipped with Dirac Live room calibration and comes supplied with a calibrated microphone.

Focal Astral 16The Focal Astral 16 is equipped with seven HDMI inputs which meet the current standard for 4K, including HDCP 2.2, as well as the two HDMI outputs that support eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel).

Focal Astral 16Additional inputs include 6 digital (3 x coaxial, 3 x optical) and 4 analog stereo RCA inputs.

Finally, the multiroom feature allows you to watch a movie in one room while listening to music in another, controllable from an iOS app.

Focal Astral 16 is also compatible with Control4, Crestron, Savant and RTI automation platforms.

The Focal Astra 16 will be available in June 2019 for £19,999 / €20,000

For more information visit Focal.

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