A high-end, sound bar system made in France debuts at CES 2014

France's leading speaker manufacturer unveils its first sound bar/subwoofer system.

Steve Guttenberg
Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Stereophile.
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Focal's Dimension sound bar and Dimension sub. Focal

It was bound to happen. Focal, known to audiophiles all over the world for its statuesque Utopia series of high-end speakers is readying its first sound bar system. It's the 3-inch deep, "uni-body" aluminum Dimension, which can be placed in front of a display or mounted to a wall and provide a five-channel audio experience. The Dimension sound bar's speakers deliver bass down to 50 Hertz, that's exceptional bass performance for a slender, one-piece sound bar. For tabletop mounting you can add the optional, "zero vibration" low profile subwoofer base that extends the system's deep bass down to 30 Hz.

The sharply angled sound bar's rear panel hugs the front of the sub, forming a stable platform for your TV. Built-in amplifiers provide 450 watts of power for the complete system. The Dimension will be sold a la carte for $1,399, the Dimension Sub runs $499, but when purchased together the Dimension and Dimension Sub will be $1,699. Expect to see them in stores in the third quarter of 2014.

Focal is showing the Dimension sound bar and Dimension sub at CES 2014 at the Venetian Hotel this week.