Discover the Sound of Excellence
For the discerning audio enthusiast in Atlanta, the quest for ultimate sound quality often never ends. But that’s part of the delight; the quest is a journey filled with listening pleasure, not a destination. On that journey, most enthusiasts eventually run across Focal home audio.
While well-known in audio circles, it may not be totally familiar to all fans of high-fidelity sound. But it should be, as Focal's commitment to acoustic excellence is evident in every note, every beat, and every part of a cinematic soundtrack. If you're new to the Focal brand, discover why it deserves your audio attention and investment.
You May Need to or Just Want to
Does anyone need expensive high-performance audio equipment? It would likely fit – if at all – into Maslow’s hierarchy of needs at the highest level, self-actualization. Translating Maslow’s top motivation to audio, It’s the desire to get the best audio quality you can possibly have or afford. For enthusiasts, high-performance audio is a hobby where getting to the next level makes them happy, just like golf and other endeavors sometimes become borderline yet satisfying obsessions.
What makes an audio enthusiast excited? A new piece of gear that will add that je ne sais quoi improvement factor to his system. Let’s look at three reasons the Atlanta audio aficionado might want to upgrade a part or all of their system.
Focal’s Architectural Speakers: The Discreet Alternative for Hi-Fi Sound
If you know something about Focal, you know it is a different type of audio company. The company “rolls its own” in many ways, from its proprietary acoustic research to custom drivers and hand-built furniture-grade cabinetry. But did you know that Focal does architectural speakers too?
Despite the undeniable design and quality appearance of the company's freestanding speakers, Focal also understands some like the discrete nature of speakers that disappear into walls and ceilings. So what do you miss with Focal speakers that you don't see? The beautiful finishes, to be sure, but you'll never miss the exceptional sound. Keep reading below to learn more about the Focal 1000 Series, an elevated listening experience for both two-channel and surround sound systems in your Marietta, GA, home.
Focal is a Speaker Company that Does Things a Little Differently
Focal is a French speaker company that does things differently, much like other things French. If you’ve ever driven a Citroen, you might understand what we mean. Electronics today are built around supply chains, and a company can assemble a product from start to finish with off-the-shelf parts, contract design and manufacturing, and slap a brand name on it. Focal, however, eschews that approach.
There’s no shortage of high-end speaker companies in today’s audio market. Some have remained independent and true to their origins, while others have branched out into more lifestyle-oriented audio products. Focal has also expanded into areas like personal and automotive audio, but they have managed to stay true to their heritage and their way of building products. Keep reading below for four ways Focal speakers are different and what they bring to your Atlanta, GA, listening experience.
From Music to Surround, Enjoy a Richer Audio Experience with Marantz
The name Marant has always been associated with high-performance audio. And while the company has put its name on a number of audio components over the years, it’s always been known for its excellent receivers. Even today, iconic Marantz stereo receivers from the 1970s and 80s with the classic thumbwheel radio tuners are prized by lovers of vintage audio.
Receivers are the workhorse do-it-all components in today’s home audio installations. While stereo receivers are still available, including from Marantz, multichannel receivers for home theaters are the most popular today for their sheer versatility. They form the heart of a home theater or media room system, offering every audio and video connection and audio format you need for a modern entertainment experience. GHT Group is proud to offer these hi-fi home audio components. Keep reading below to learn more about the exciting new Marantz receiver lineup!
The Focal-Naim 10th Anniversary Edition Brings Incomparable Aural Style to Home Speakers
Focal is an audio company that marches to its own tune (pun intended). The 40-year-old Saint Étienne, France-based company carries an influence in the audio world that goes far beyond the company’s size. First, most of their products are built in France in an era where audio equipment is usually designed in one country but manufactured in the far east. They also develop their own machines for manufacturing and handbuild 80% of the cones for their speakers.
Ten years ago, Focal joined forces with Naim, a British boutique audio brand known for its excellence in audio engineering. To celebrate this “tin” anniversary, they’ve put together a Focal home speaker system powered by Naim components featuring a unique style. Read more about it below, and see how this new system could be the visual and aural centerpiece of your Marietta, GA, listening room.
GHT Group Is Excited to Offer Naim Hi-Fi Audio for Discerning Audio Enthusiasts
Naim may not be an audio name everyone knows, but it’s certainly familiar to hi-fi enthusiasts. Naim has never been a company to just follow the trend and make the same products as everyone else, nor do they sell products that need upgrades or replacement in a few years. Naim is a classic British hi-fi company that’s all about the sound.
GHT Group is proud to be one of the select Naim retailers in the Atlanta area. Keep reading below to learn about the Naim Uniti line, a streamlined solution for music streaming and playback that makes hi-fi audio simple.
The Chora Home Speaker Line Brings Focal Quality to More Budgets
Is it absolutely necessary to spend a fortune to enjoy high-fidelity audio quality at home? We think not, but many will differ in their opinions on what constitutes high-fidelity audio – and how much one needs to spend. But what happens when a real hi-fi company decides to make a truly excellent speaker that delivers hi-fi level performance without the nosebleed prices? We say audio lovers everywhere should rejoice and take notice.
Focal is that company, one that sells speakers as expensive as Porsche 911s. With the Chora range, they decided to make an affordable speaker line that delivers true hi-fi sound that leverages their 40-year history in acoustic research and innovation. Learn more about the Chora range below, and we welcome you to experience Focal home speakers for yourself at our Marietta showroom.
Like French Roast Coffee? You’ll Probably Like Focal Speakers
Focal is another audio company that sometimes flies under the radar. It’s not because they don’t have a broad product line or aren’t known by high-fidelity audio enthusiasts. Perhaps they don’t advertise as much as other large audio and speaker companies. Don’t let that keep you from considering this company when shopping for high-end speakers for your Buckhead, GA listening room.
Focal is based in France, a country not as high on the list as the UK when it comes to hi-fi audio. Nevertheless, the French heritage shows in the expressive style of their speakers, and design and engineering are second to none. Focal home speakers are a bit different. If you look for products that go a bit against the grain, unafraid to be different, then these speakers might just be for you. Let’s explore four ways Focal speakers separate themselves from the rest.
The Latest Monitor Audio Bronze Series Pack Hi-Fi and High Style
Monitor Audio is a classic British speaker company founded in the 1970s. Flying a bit under the radar compared to other British audio brands, they nevertheless have never lost their guiding principle – great audio brings out the emotion of sound.
Monitor Audio states their mission is to “make audio human.” It’s about making the connection between the music (or the soundtrack) to the listener. While they are also all about using advanced design techniques to build a superior product, it’s never about the technology – it’s about what the technology brings to life. And they aim to bring great sound to life to as many people as possible.
When talking about making hi-fi accessible to many, the line of Monitor Audio speakers that does that best in the Bronze Series. Accessible, affordable, and complete, the Bronze Series is the perfect entry point into hi-fi sound for music, movies, shows, and anything else you love to listen to. Discover more about the Monitor Bronze Series below.
Discover the Focal Audio Difference
GHT Group is big on high-performance audio, as evidenced by some of the brands we carry – McIntosh, Klipsch Heritage, and Monitor Audio, to name a few. We're always on the lookout to offer more for our audio enthusiast clients, and we're proud to introduce our latest brand partner – Focal.
For some well-versed in high-fidelity audio, Focal needs no introduction. But others may not think of Focal when thinking about high-end audio. Focal has been making unique speakers and audio equipment since 1979, adding their distinctive design principles to home, pro, and automobile audio. The company is proud of its French heritage that shows in the stylish appearance of its products. In a world where many audio products are designed in the origin country but manufactured overseas, Focal still assembles their high-end audio products in France.
Keep reading below to learn more about Focal home speakers for your Atlanta, GA listening or media room.
Experience Studio-Quality Sound from the Comforts of Home
The audio industry has no shortage of buzzwords, and “high fidelity” is one you may often hear. Perhaps you already know that high fidelity refers to the high-quality reproduction of sound with very minimal distortion. In other words, high-fidelity audio systems reproduce music as close to the original recording as possible so that listeners can enjoy music the way the artists heard it in the studio.
Any music fan deserves a high-quality listening experience when playing their favorite tunes at home. Unfortunately, some homeowners in Vinings, GA may be missing out on such an experience due to persisting misconceptions about high-fidelity speakers. Let’s dispel these myths so that you can truly take advantage of high-performance sound at home.
Spread Some Cheer at Home with These Top-Hit Yuletide Albums
Nothing spurs holiday spirit quite like music. While it may be convenient to select one of the thousands of seasonal playlists from popular streaming services like Spotify or Tidal to enjoy throughout your Roswell, GA home, no streaming platform can muster the magic of vinyl.
‘Tis the season for audiophiles to slow down and sink into the warm, musical nuances that only vinyl records can deliver. For rockers and crooners alike, our team at GHT Group has provided 10 top holiday vinyl records to spin on your high-end audio rig. See the list below, as well as some of our premium turntable and speaker recommendations should you need a home audio upgrade.
JL Audio Subwoofers Bring the Low-End Grunt without the Bulk
If you’re not a home theater or audio aficionado, you might think a subwoofer is a speaker you don't need. That is, until you hear the very same set of speakers you have, in your room, with a well-integrated subwoofer (or two). We'll put some money on the chance that you won't want to go back to your system sans subwoofers.
We will grant you that if you have some incredible full-range speakers, like B&W Diamonds, or others of that class, you may not want for more bass. Still, you might be surprised at how much the right subwoofer can add to even the best speakers' sound quality. The reason is that bass is foundational for music and movies, adding fullness and depth to the soundstage that gives the sound more gravitas and impact. We're not talking about rumbly, sloppy bass here. We're talking about punchy, tight, fast, and impactful bass that keeps up with the most complicated movie soundtracks and music.
Perhaps we’ve convinced you that you need a subwoofer, no matter what your system looks like. But, you say, I don’t want the big box in my listening room/home theater/media room/escape room. Once again, we'll grant you the point that most subwoofers are lacking in the aesthetics department. But we have a solution for you, too: the architectural subwoofer. Yes, subwoofers can be built into the wall and even the ceiling.
Read on to learn more about JL Audio architectural subwoofers for that room in your Atlanta home where you want to hear the bass but never see the box.
Comparing the Most Popular Streaming Music Services
We live in a world of almost limitless content. In cable TV, an old joke was, "we have 300 channels, and there's nothing to watch." You'd be hard-pressed to make that joke today with the wonderful world of streaming content so readily available to us. With Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, Apple TV+, Disney+, and so many more, it's difficult to think about not finding something you want to watch.
But this blog is about audio, not video! And the amount and range of music we can call up with a few flicks on a touchscreen are equally amazing. Today’s streaming music services boast 40 million-plus tracks of recorded music available in an instant, whether it’s from 60 years ago or today’s top hits. It’s equally difficult to imagine not being able to find some music you like to listen to on a streaming service.
You might be wondering, what's the difference in streaming services? Isn't the music library much the same? The short answer is yes. But the way you find that music, and how you interact with it is different. Some folks feel very strongly about their preference for Spotify over Apple Music or vice-versa.
So which service should you use on your whole-home audio system in Atlanta? GHT Group isn't here to tell you which one is best – that's up to you. The good news is that all the ones we'll discuss here work with whole-home audio systems we recommend like Control4.
Read on for a brief overview of five of the most popular streaming services to see which ones are for you.
SEE ALSO: Upgrade to the Luxury of Whole Home Audio with Control4