The Sopra N°3 perfectly combines dynamics, space optimisation and harmonic richness. A true audiophile loudspeaker with the very best reproduction of sound.
Two 8¼" (21cm) woofers, offer solid, rich and perfectly defined bass for music lovers looking for optimum performance. Despite its reasonable size, it will reveal its full potential in rooms measuring up to 80 m2 and in doing so proves truly flexible.
The Sopra clearly inaugurates a new era for the “Premium High End” by taking into account new performance criteria. Equipped with best midrange drivers ever developed by Focal, with the NIC and TMD technologies, Sopra pushes back the limits of sound reproduction in terms of transparency in a very compact enclosure. Indeed, unlike Utopia, which is extravagant by essence and where size is by no means a constraint, Sopra aims for maximal compactness to ensure easy integration into reasonably sized rooms.
Focal’s Beryllium tweeter features an incredibly light and extremely rigid dome, that delivers a transparent and dynamic sound. The research teams have revealed resonances which alter definition in the suspension which connects the cone to the basket. The solutions already known for increasing the damping properties of the suspension all result in an increase of the mass which consequently alters definition. The answer came from a technology used in earthquake-resistant skyscrapers and which is also used for the suspension on racing cars. "TMD" technology consists of optimising the suspension profile which controls the resonance in order to drastically reduce distortion and increase the definition of bass and midrange.
The main theme of Sopra is deliberately uncluttered, though it still offers connoisseurs the opportunity to enjoy all the small details. The grille with an incremental meshing motif protects the Beryllium tweeter and gives it a strong identity. This motif is repeated for sealing the curved back panel of the middle section. The terminal board, the thumb nuts and the adjustable spikes have all been specially designed for Sopra, as have the few visible screws, all of which were manufactured by watchmaking experts.
Made in France Sopra’s cabinet was designed in our cabinet-making facility in Bourbon-Lancy (Burgundy, France) using the same manufacturing process as for Utopia The 69mm sandwich-machined front panel uses the same principle as ‘Gamma Structure’ to provide inertia and damping. Its density gives it the inertia necessary to provide a stable mechanical reference for optimal definition. The inside of the cabinet has no parallel side panels, and small Helmholtz resonators have been added to the lower section to prevent vertical standing waves. We chose glass as the material for the base of the loudspeaker to provide floor coupling, using spikes, which enabled the fastest propagation time possible, thus eliminating all halo effects in the bass.
Three-way bass-reflex floor standing loudspeaker
2 x 81/4" (21cm) “W” cone woofers with NIC 61/2" (16.5cm) “W” cone midrange with NIC and “TMD” suspension
11/16" (27mm) pure Beryllium IHL inverted dome tweeter
Frequency response (+/- 3dB)
33Hz - 40kHz
Low frequency point -6dB
250Hz / 2200Hz
Recommanded amplifier power
40 - 400W