Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos Home Cinema System REVIEW

Several years ago, my fiancé and I decided to upgrade our home theater set-up. We invested in a large TV and a surround sound system. My fiancé has high-end hearing loss and unless we have a very high-quality speaker system he can’t enjoy television programming — even with hearing aids. There are a lot of subtleties in television and movie audio that get lost in the mix for him and so we spent a lot of time trying out speakers and finding the ideal set-up for his hearing loss. We finally settled on a 5.1 system by Klipsch and until recently, it’s been wonderful. A few months back we upgraded our theater system again to include compatibility with 4K video and we started looking into Dolby Atmos for audio. We decided to hold off on upgrading the speakers until the ‘right’ set came along and it did with the Sib Evo Cinema System from Focal.

DETAILS

SPECS

Sib Evo Dolby Atmos Loudspeakers

  • ¾” soft dome tweeter
  • Large 5” Polyflex speaker driver
  • 4” full-range speaker driver for Dolby Atmos effects
  • Rigid material with high-gloss finish
  • Double connector system with push button
  • Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 65Hz to 25KHz (front) 90Hz to 20KHz (Atmos)
  • Low frequency point -6dB: 60Hz (front) 75Hz (Atmos)
  • Sensibility (2.83V/1m): 90dB (front) 90dB (Atmos)
  • Nominal impedance: 6 Ohms (front) 6 Ohms (Atmos)
  • Crossover Frequency: 3.5kHz
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 25–200W

Sib Evo Satellite Speakers

  • ¾” soft dome tweeter
  • Large 5” Polyflex speaker driver
  • Large streamlined port for using the speaker driver to its full potential
  • Rigid material with high-gloss finish
  • Double connector system with push button
  • Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 70Hz to 25kHz
  • Low-frequency point -6dB: 66Hz
  • Sensibility (2.83V/1m): 90dB
  • Nominal impedance: 6 Ohms
  • Crossover Frequency: 3.5kHz
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 25–200W

Cub Evo (subwoofer)

  • Black MDF finish
  • 200W Class-D amplifier
  • Anti-vibration stand
  • Streamlined port for enhanced power handling in the low end
  • 8 ¼” Polyflex cone woofer
  • Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 35Hz — 150Hz
  • Cutoff frequency -6dB: 30Hz
  • RCA Input: Right, left LFE
  • Phase adjustment: Phase inverter 0 degree/180 degrees
  • Power mode: On/Autopower (0.5W)

USER EXPERIENCE

Since we already had a 5.1 system set-up, I simply disconnected our current speakers and replaced them with the Sib Evo speakers. It was a pretty simple install for us. After I had the speakers set-up and connected, I searched for a variety of Dolby Atmos demos on YouTube. I specifically looked for ones that I had seen in the movie theater so that I could compare it to the cinema’s set-up of the audio system. Now, I want to point out that what you experience at home is similar to, but not the same as what you would have in the theater. The reason for this is because movie theaters actually mount speaker arrays on the ceiling so you get a ‘true’ surround sound experience. What you have at home is more like Dolby Atmos-light. It does sound very close and it’s more than surround sound, but not quite what you get in a movie theater setting.

I was impressed with the clarity and superior definition of sound that the Focal speaker provided. I was in awe of how easy it was to upgrade our system from standard surround sound to a Dolby Atmos system with a simple equipment change. I did feel as though our viewing experiences were enhanced by the Dolby Atmos speakers.

CONCLUSION

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Originally published at macsources.com on October 17, 2018.

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