The compact speaker focal Electra 1008 BE II (3500 euros the pair) currently represents the best entry into the unique and delicate treble world with inverse beryllium tweeter.
- Compact speaker focal Electra 1008 BE II.
- According to high
- Data sheet
Alone the cost to produce the small pieces of silver: In the focal headquarters in the French St. Etienne Drudge several employees in protective suits in a hermetically sealed-off and held constant at temperature drying room.
Moisture and dust are here out of place if the 27 mm large dome. The material is extremely hard, fragile and highly toxic in the production. Therefore, the cost is so high, and therefore beryllium drivers are so expensive.
However, focal certainly has the production under control for many years and swears – like also, JBL, and TAD with their large models – on the acoustical advantages of not only very hard, but also very light material.
Also focal uses the noble dome only in the two great lines of Utopia and Electra. And like the other models of the Electra series tweeter of the small 1008 BE II is in a stable metal front piece that fit is relatively heavily rounded to the whole wall of sound.
That looks great. But also to accommodate the low 6.5-inch midrange driver, focal had to do some Chin-ups: namely deep milling from the baffle. This in turn suggests but impressive thickness of dwelling: the MDF front and side panels is strongly up to five centimeters. No wonder, then, that little brings 15 kilos on the scales. Front, lid, bottom and back come in a black metallic paint. The side walls are available in cherry-like ‘Champagne’, the reddish-brown “basalt” or the highly polished black (“slate grey”) of the front.
Pretty loud, the small
In our laboratory, BE could shine the 1008 II. Their tweeter – which was to be expected – played loosely over the measuring limit of 40 kilohertz. And their efficiency over 86.5 decibels of compact speaker is rarely achieved. Double nice because: The impedance minium slipped not less than 4 Ohms (even consistently in the high-frequency 10 Ohm) so that the inclined owners may also experiment with lower tubes to your hearts content.
Or even should. With the Ayon spirit II (in the KT-120 version) from the previous month’s output small Electra spontaneously awakened memories of the large stand box 1038 BE II, that 4/10 straightforward leathered from a large test field of competitors in issue. Completely effortless she unraveled the complex structures of high-frequency and hunt are also from mighty Kodo drums not in the box Horn left, but smashed them without any Dröhn ballast, but with much clout in the listening room. Not bad for a 17 cm woofer.
But there was still more. Livingston Taylor sounded in “isn’t she lovely?” 1038 still tidier over the but of 1008 somehow warm and beautiful. This was true especially in comparison with the KEF reference 201/2. The inaugural speed, crisp grabs and the enormous figure stability are areas in which the KEF is hard to beat. The focal is slightly smoother and rounder, but also shows lots of fine details. With the KEF wielded the strings of peace’s “Little plucking music” impulsive, wiry; about the focal, she was also extremely highly resolved, but less curious – more relaxed.
It is precisely this mixture with the 1008 BE captivated the tester about hours in the listening room II. They put up times times that plate that.
We could get enough, and it was one of those days where we in the evening had a feeling, not to have worked.
The TESTfactory stereoplay, measuring laboratory determines also the distortion at different levels and different frequencies to each box.
For this she – does each with 2 voltage – four test runs: 85 dB (black curve), 90 dB (green), 95 dB (blue) and 100 dB (red).
85 and 90 dB hardly arise when most modern boxes. The focal 1008 BE II is largely Distortion-free even at 100 dB within the entire frequency range. What a tweeter!
Focal Electra 1008 BE II.
Technical data and test results
|Installation tip:||free-standing, distance from 2.5 meters, normal damped rooms up to 40 m²|
|Operating voltage for 90 dB SPL|
|Impedance minimum stp|
|Maximum volume upper value|
|Maximum volume lower value (> 45 Hz)|
|Lower cut-off frequency (-3dB)|
|Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB)|
|Short conclusion||The Electra 1008 BE II is the first step in the magical beryllium tweeter world \r\nund the cheapest box in the absolute top class. Musicality, richness of detail and picture sharpness are top. Also tube-suitable!|
|Sound||Absolute top class|
|Sound points (70 points)||56|
|Overall rating (max. 120 points)||good – very good 76|
|Price / performance||outstanding|
|tested in output||1 / 10|