Review : Focal Aria 948

Posted on 16 June 2015

Focal Aria 948 Loudspeakers reviewed in The Absolute Sound by Julie Mullens

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Conclusion :
Ultimately I found the Aria 948 to be a loudspeaker with few downsides, particularly for its cost-to-quality ratio. However, as I’ve indicated, it’s probably better suited for audiophiles who really like to tinker with setup, system detailing, and such than for those who would prefer to uncrate, toe-in a bit, and go.

Depending on your tastes, you might want a touch more low-end support—though the Arias do offer impressive bass for their size and type—but when it comes to pristine detail, accuracy, and neutrality they are quite exceptional in their category. With painstaking placement and the right electronics, they’d likely leave the competition (and even some loftier category contenders) in the dust. (Vast differences in how they sound with various electronics also suggest this transducer’s transparency to sources.) When everything comes together, the Arias become transcendent, bringing so many musical layers to life they create a truly immersive soundscape. Indeed, the devil—and perhaps an angel or two—is in the details.


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