Focal just released a new home cinema pre Processor amplifier named Focal Astral 16.
Coming in at £20,000 and 20kg, this AV behemoth is built squarely for ultra-high-end users and it is Focal’s first ever 16-channel multi-room AV processor and amplifier. It has been designed in collaboration with Immersive Audio Technologies, a specialist in high-end electronics.
In those 16 channels, 12 are amplified so you can connect it straight to your surround sound speaker package. All the three object-based surround formats are covered including DolbyAtmos , DTS:X and Auro-3D. And with power rated at 200 watts per channel, and with that you have enough power to run your speakers to reference level.
The remaining four channels are pre-amplified (with balanced XLR outputs) so they can be hooked up to a power amplifier. They’re dedicated entirely to audio, with their own filtering, equalisation and bass management.
Room calibration is done through the Focal’s built-in Dirac Live software. The amp comes with seven HDMI inputs and two 4K outputs, all supporting 4K Ultra HD content, plus HDR 10, HLG and Dolby Vision HDR.
The Astral 16 comes with its own dedicated app for the Apple iPad which allows you complete control, you also have access to technical support, and you can also carry out equipment diagnostics.
Focal has also included full compatibility with Crestron, Control4, Savant and RTI home installation systems.
The Focal Astral 16 will be on sell this month for £20,000/€20,000.