The end of Focal based speakers like Wilson Audio?


Focal issued the following statement:

"Starting September 1st 2004, separate Focal Hi-Fi drivers intended for the public and loudspeaker manfacturers will not be available for sale anymore. This catalogue is desappearing for good and has been removed from our web site.

That decision enters the Focal-JMlab growth strategy and will allow to focus human and technical resources on high end home and car loudspeaker manufacturing and developement."

So it seems thet Focal drive units will not be available anymore to any speaker manufacturer on OEM basis.

The similar move has been made by Dynaudio a few years back.

Are we gonna see a Scan-Speak based Wilson WATT ?
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Focal has been ramping back their OEM driver supply for some time now. I remember it mentioned in Stereophile at least a year ago.

Just buy JM Lab speakers! lol.
Buy a Focal-based design from the likes of Zalytron before their supply of OEM drivers runs out.

I recently built monitors using the Audiom TD-5 tweeter (the ones used in the Grand Utopias before the Beryllium driver). The Zalytron cabinets are veneered 1.5" MDF and rock-solid, with precision baffle cutouts for the drivers. Though I don't have cash for the cabinets/crossovers quite yet, I just bought a pair of Focal 10W6452 woofers for the bass units out of concern these great drivers will soon become extinct in the OEM world...

With only the most basic soldering skills, Minwax stain, a glue gun and screwdrivers you can have a truly high end Focal system at a fraction of retail.
The number 8 is very important in Asia... wilson may go this route and really pour it on for the large market they are tapping

look for the new 8's to be a massively big Asian seller!
That can be a whole lot of money to spend on a product solely based on its model number. I sure hope people anywhere, Asia or elsewhere, buy such a product based on it performance and not the number.
Uh oh!

I have 28 Focal drivers in my house. I sure hope I never blow any of them. Sounds like it will be very tough to replace soon. I have truely enjoyed the Focal line. The only two drivers in my house that are not Focal are Raven R2's. Now also obsolete. Looks like Aurum Cantus would be a good replacement for the R2's.