Focal has introduced the Astral 16, an exceptional multiroom audio-video processor and amplifier, the result of a collaboration with Immersive Audio Technologies, the French specialist in ultra high-end electronics. Combining cutting edge technologies and multiple features, this versatile solution promises an immersive home cinema experience that far outclasses its competition.
For 40-years, Focal has been continuously innovating and using its expert knowledge in the Hi-Fi sector to manufacture ultra high-performance products. And despite standing tall as a global leader across several sectors (acoustic loudspeakers, audiophile headphones, studio monitors, in-car kits, etc.), the French brand continues to play an important industry role and push the limits of innovation every day. By presenting its first ever 16 channel audio-video processor and amplifier, Focal has turned its desire to offer a complete, prestige solution for the Home Cinema world into reality. The resulting product – Astral 16 – is truly in a class of its own.
Astral 16 draws the very best out of high-fidelity and in-wall/in-ceiling loudspeakers by perfectly coordinating all the components within a sensational Home Cinema installation. Integrating a Class D Pascal Audio amplifier, Astral 16 has 16 channels, of which 12 are amplified and four are pre-amplified (balanced XLR outputs) and dedicated entirely to audio (filtering, equalisation, bass management, etc.). This rock-solid foundation is your official invitation to an immersive journey through images and sound of unrivalled quality (sampling frequency supported up to 192kHz).
Astral 16 covers all audio formats (Dolby Atmos®, DTS:X™, etc.) and provides endless configuration options. Equipped with technology that allows adjustments based on room characteristics (Room calibration, with Dirac Live®) and delivered with a calibrated measurement microphone, Astral 16 can be fine-tuned to suit all possible acoustical environments and desires. Watching a film in one room while playing music in another, both with stunning sound, is no longer a dream but reality. In short, it is fully customisable, and comes with an app available on the App Store (via iPad) to drive the system you want room by room, as well as technical support (Remote Monitoring) for equipment diagnostics at any time.
Compatible with Control4, Crestron, Savant and RTI, Astral 16 benefits from the possibilities offered by these leading interface systems to enable perfectly seamless remote control.
Available this June, the Astral 16 has an SRP of £19,999 / €20,000.