Focal’s brand-new outside speakers appear like the rock giants from Frozen and I desire them

Three Focal Littora Stone 8 speakers outside, beside a pool and a tree

( Image credit: Focal)

If you asked us to put together a list of possible items Focal may conceptualise, research study, craft and release next, pebble-shaped, stone-colored outside speakers would include specifically no place on it– however that does not suggest we’re not onboard.

The French high-end audio professional (see the most current Focal Bathys and Focal Utopia— aka a few of the most stunning earphones I’ve ever seen) has actually simply launched Littora– which we presume is a play on ‘littoral’, indicating connecting to or positioned on the coast of the sea or a lake.

What you’ve got is a detailed variety of water- and weather-resistant speakers made to appear like garden stones and other naturally-occurring things.

And aside from speakers fit to being in gardens, swimming pool locations and outside amusing locations, Focal likewise informs us clients may think about the variety as a set up alternative for a luxury yacht. (If just we had not simply got the stereo in the visitor private yacht redone.)

All of the speakers in the variety have the development and efficiency you ‘d get out of Focal, however the visual star of the program is the OD Stone 8– an egg-shaped speaker offered in textured Limestone, Basalt and Sand surfaces.

To me, it tries to find all the world like Grand Pabbie, the sensible, senior rock giant who rolls in to give magic to Anna and Elsa, in Frozen.

Want the mushroom from the giants’ Valley of the Living house to choose it? You keep in mind, they all reside in a little hole with a tangle of branches and mushroom arching over them! Focal gets it: the OD Sub 12 is a semi-buried subwoofer that assures to include outstanding bass to your outside noise.

The OD variety is completed by the OD Sat 5 speakers: flexible styles that can be wall-mounted and even ‘planted’ in the ground to finish the transcendent Arundelle visual (and likewise stereo).

Opinion: Focal is serving Frozen-lovers an audio pleasure ahead of the joyful season– and I state rock on!

Focal Littora Sub 12 in a garden

If you’ve ever been to a Disney amusement park, these appearance really comparable to the speakers you see in specific lands … ( Image credit: Focal)

I’m a company follower that audio ought to be enjoyable in addition to sonically talented (see the slightly frightening Wilson Audio stereo speakers, to loveable bug-like Gravastar Mars Pro, the spectacular McIntosh RS150 Bluetooth speaker, clothing peg sonic structures and obviously Bang & & Olufsen’s soundbars that simulate stylish sail ships) and I here, I rely on Focal’s tested dedication to doing the task correctly.

I have actually never ever fulfilled a Naim or Focal item (the 2 business combined in 2011) that did not sound extraordinary.

Back to the items, and all 3 Littora speakers utilize Focal’s exclusive IRIS IP cone speaker chauffeurs, established by Focal for all-weather usage without any loss of sound quality.

The speakers are likewise anti-UV dealt with and have actually licensed dust and water defense: the OD Stone 8 and Sub 12 are IP45 accredited; the OD Sat 5 is IP55 accredited.

And the Littora speakers include a power transformer that permits them to be connected together within a 100 V system, which likewise allows private volume management for each speaker within the system.

Prices? Naturally. All items within the variety will be availbale from January2023

The Focal Littora OD Sat 5 will cost $679/ ₤499/ $799 CAD. My preferred OD Stone 8 has an MSRP of $799/ ₤599/ $899 CAD, while the ‘mushroom’ OD Sub 12 will cost $1,999/ ₤ 1,599/ $2,499 CAD– and this speaker in specific looks extremely comparable to those I’ve seen draining themed music in Disney’s own amusement park, which just makes me desire it more.

And there’s a package 4.1 offer too! This makes up fours OD Sat 5 speakers and one OD Sub 12 for $3,999/ ₤ 2,999/ $4,499 CAD. We’re waiting on Australian rates, however that need to imply rates starts from about AU$ 1,270 for that Pabbie design.

I’m battling the desire to acquire a Stone 8 today for the brand-new year, however I need to most likely suppress my costs. It’s most likely among the finest celebration speakers I’ll ever hear, however as my preferred wonderful Disney rock giant stated in 2013, “the heart is not so quickly altered … however the head can be encouraged”.

Three trolls from Frozen, featuring Grand Pabbie

( Image credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Becky is a senior personnel author at TechRadar (which she has actually been ensured describes knowledge instead of age) concentrating on all things audio. Prior to signing up with the group, she invested 3 years at What Hi-Fi? screening and examining whatever from wallet-friendly cordless earbuds to big high-end stereo. Prior to getting her MA in Journalism in 2018, Becky freelanced as an arts critic together with a 22- year profession as an expert dancer and aerialist– any love of dance begins with a love of music. Becky has actually formerly added to Stuff, FourFourTwo and The Stage. When not composing, she can still be discovered tossing shapes in a dance studio, nowadays with differing degrees of success.

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