ReviewFocal 100 OD 8

Speakers for outdoor parties

The Focal speaker is the best choice if you need a speaker with impact.

Focal 100 OD 8
Karakter
Our opinion
Punchy dynamics and plenty of bass. High party factor.
The size can be a drawback and the sound lacks sophistication.
Specifications
  • Type: Two-way closed
  • Recommended amplifier power: 20-150 w
  • Sensitivity/impedance: 88 dB/8 ohms
  • Dimensions: 22.8 x 28 x 39 cm
  • Weight: 5.8 kg
  • Colors: Black or white
  • Waterproof: IP66
  • Other: Rotatable wall bracket
  • Price: £538/pair
  • Web: focal.com
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The size definitely matters. Focal’s outdoor speaker plays tougher than most outdoor speakers, and is both waterproof and solidly built.

The speaker, which is available in black or white polypropylene with Focals Polyglass elements, can be mounted on a wall or ceiling, and comes with an aluminum bracket that can be clamped to the speaker.

They are relatively easy to set up and can be rotated 180 degrees. The logo can also be rotated, depending on whether you place the speakers horizontally or vertically. The cables can be threaded through the bracket if desired, and the terminal terminals are hidden in the cabinet, which is waterproof with IP66 certification and UV-resistant.

There is a smaller Focal 100 OD6 if you think OD8 is too big, but in our opinion this is the one to have. The speakers have an 8-inch woofer with Focal’s inverted aluminum tweeter, and it works beyond expectations.

The sound of Focal 100 OD 8

The large Focal speakers sound like they look. The sound is rich, the soundscape large and there is more than enough bass in them. The treble may feel a little relaxed and withdrawn, but the midrange sounds warm and clearly focused. The party factor is definitely present, if you want to play higher.

The size gives more bass and volume, and the Focal speakers are among those in this test, which can really get your hips swinging in the garden. However, we miss a bit of sophistication, because when we switch from Billie Eilish to Vivaldi, there is a lack of air and resolution that makes the strings sound a bit coarse-grained. But look at music such as. Ariana Grande, and the sound immediately becomes more vivid and appealing from the Focal speakers.

Conclusion

Focal 100 OD8 is an obvious choice for those who want a high party factor in the garden or on the terrace. They play loud, and there is plenty of bass here. They are also easy to set up, but the height of just under 40 cm can make them too large. As mentioned, there is a smaller OD6 with 6.5-inch woofer, but we would choose this one for sheer brutality.

Also in this test

Monitor Audio Climate 60

The joy of playing weighs up

Monitor Audio Climate 60 has an energetic playing style that works for the most part.

Clear sound, good with life and rhythm.
Slightly dark tone on strings, the midrange sounds colored.

Klipsch AW-525

High party factor

Don't let size fool you. The Klipsch AW-525 speakers love to play loud.

Super efficient and easy to operate, potent bass for the size, and sparkling dynamics.
A little too muffled and harsh sound for our taste.

Canton Pro XL.3

Anonymous and unengaging

Canton follows an old speaker recipe with the Canton Pro XL.3, something is ruining the fun, however.

Fuller sound than the size suggests. Compact dimensions blend nicely with the facade.
Muffled sound, the bass distorts when you turn up the volume. Flat dynamics.

Sonos Outdoor

Too expensive

Sonos Outdoor works for the most part, and does little harm. Unfortunately, it sounds boring, and the price tag is more than a bit steep.

Pleasant midrange on vocals, and the sound is rich enough. It is also clear enough at the top for it to work well.
It sounds pretty flat and tame. It's especially dynamics that are missing, it simply sounds too boring. The price tag is also insane.

Bowers & Wilkins AM-1

The best outdoor speaker

The Bowers & Wilkins outdoor speaker is very elaborate, and so is the sound.

Beautifully balanced, refined and resolved soundscape, plenty of bass and sound pressure.
Requires a potent amplifier to perform at its best.
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