about FOCAL

The Focal story began in 1979, in Saint-Etienne, France.

The starting point? The passion of its founder, Jacques Mahul, for the purest sound, the one that transports us into a world of unique emotions. This passion was accompanied by a strong spirit of innovation and unrivalled know-how in acoustics, giving life to products acclaimed the world over.


Loudspeakers and high-fidelity loudspeakers are at the heart of Focal's business. Our acousticians design innovative and versatile audio systems. The Home Collection includes acoustic loudspeakers, in-ceiling and in-wall loudspeakers, Home Cinema systems and even outdoor loudspeakers for terraces, swimming pools, garden furniture...


The pleasure of listening doesn't stop at home, which is why we also offer open and closed-back hi-fi headphones, wireless noise-canceling headphones, automotive audio kits, professional loudspeakers and headphones, and audio solutions for yachts. Our creations benefit from our know-how to provide sensational listening experiences everywhere, for everyone - audiophiles and music lovers alike - and for a long time to come.


All our products benefit from exclusive technologies developed by our engineers in our workshops in France. Our DNA lies in a unique combination of innovation and craftsmanship in the service of sound. Design is also an integral part of our work, right from the product conception stage. For us, shapes, materials and finishes are intrinsic to the Focal experience. They contribute to the reproduction of the best sound. What's more, they enhance it.


All our high-end products are made in-house. By being as close as possible to our creations, we can guarantee flawless quality.

We are proud to be listed among the Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) for our expertise in acoustics, for the training of our teams in specific techniques, for manufacturing in our production workshops in Saint-Etienne and cabinet-making in Bourbon-Lancy, and for our capacity to innovate and register exclusive patents.

  • 1979

    The story of a small business in Saint-Etienne begins... France Filières, a precision engineering company, hosts the first loudspeaker manufacturing workshop. It was to leave its mark on acoustics worldwide for the next four decades.

  • 1982/1985

    Focal's DB 13 revolutionizes the bookshelf loudspeaker. A noteworthy innovation, among others, in the Polyglass and Polykevlar® loudspeaker diaphragms. The loudspeakers are gradually positioning themselves at the high-end.

  • 1990

    First steps into the international arena. A leader in the French acoustics market, the company is now exporting. Its reputation is based on numerous awards, often a first for French products.

  • 1995

    The Grande Utopia is acclaimed by the international press. A technological challenge and an aesthetic excess, it establishes the brand's leadership among audiophiles the world over.

  • 2002

    Birth of the "Focal Professional" department with studio monitors. Innovation and the conquest of new acoustics fields are the company's watchwords.

  • 2016

    Launch of Utopia headphones. The world's smallest loudspeakers see the light of day in Utopia open-air headphones, acclaimed by the international press as soon as they are launched.

  • 2018

    Following a major expansion, Focal inaugurates the Atelier acoustics, its state-of-the-art production facility.

  • 2020

    Focal and Naim write a new chapter in their partnership with Bentley. They have signed two new products: the Focal for Bentley Radiance headphones and the Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition wireless loudspeaker.

  • 2021

    On the 10th anniversary of Focal's acquisition of Naim, Vervent Audio accelerates its international expansion. The Focal Powered By Naim experience comes to life in Europe, Asia and North America, with store openings in Guangzhou, Seoul, Paris, Houston, Berlin...

  • 2022

    Drawing on its 40 years of expertise in acoustics, Focal presents a new headphone: Bathys. Combining high-fidelity sound, Bluetooth® and noise reduction technologies, Bathys is the perfect combination of the characteristics of "active" headphones and Focal's exacting standards.

National recognition

Focal was recognized as a French Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) in 2014: a mark of government recognition for our expertise in the design and manufacture of high-fidelity loudspeakers and loudspeakers, our rare techniques and our many patents.

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