Focal XS 2.1 Speaker System with iPod Dock

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High Points
• The Focal XS speaker system features attractive industrial styling and good build quality that would be at home in high-end contemporary settings.
• Sound quality is very good at low to moderate volumes.
• This is a clean and efficient way to add both powered speakers and an iPod dock to your computer system.

Low Points
• The captive cords, particularly the proprietary DIN cord from the dock to the subwoofer, limit placement options.
• High-gloss surface is attractive, but is also quick to show fingerprints and dust.

Conclusion
The Focal XS is a great compact multimedia speaker system. The fact that it is also an iPod dock is a bonus. Upon unpacking the XS system, it is apparent that it is a quality product. The sound matches the design and build quality by providing a well-balanced soundfield. The XS system is not without limitations. Its small size format imposes certain constraints on volume and bass extension. I would not choose this speaker system to listen to music at concert levels or for far-field listening, as it simply can't compete with physically larger systems. However, within its intended performance parameters, i.e., near-field listening, such as in a dorm room, small apartment or office desktop, at low and moderate volumes, the Focal XS really shines.

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HTR Product Rating for Focal XS 2.1 Speaker System with iPod Dock

Criteria Rating

Performance

4

Value

4

Overall

4

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