A few years ago SCS Home Entertainment decided to bring a speaker brand back to Springfield. Focal / JM Lab was added to the SCS lineup and has been turning heads or in this case ears ever since. We have been so pleased with the value and performance of this product that we have continued to grow with Focal and add much more of Focal product to our store. Many of you may not have heard of Focal and that’s not uncommon. After all it is from France and for many years was marketed under an acronym of its founder’s name, Jacques Mahul called Focal-JM Labs. Focal was primarily the research division and JM Lab was the production side of the business. Many years later the name focused on Focal without the JM Labs hyphen as we know it today.
Jacques started out dedicated to acoustic research back in 1979 in Paris. He began making his first speaker drivers in a small workshop in Saint-Etienne, at a precision mechanics company, which belonged to his father. While producing his speaker drivers, Jacques Mahul also launched his own range of loudspeakers under the brand JMlab. His first loudspeaker, the DB13, was a bookshelf loudspeaker, which produced volumes comparable to larger loudspeakers, particularly in bass frequencies. Initially, he only sold his product to acquaintances but the DB13 was soon launched on the market. The next 10 years the brand emerged into Europe, Southeast Asia and North America and today Focal sells its product in over 160 countries.
Today the company resides in Saint-Etienne where about three-quarters of production still takes place with the aim of equipping every loudspeaker with “Made in France” badge located on them. This may not be a big deal to some, however it is rare these days to find a product that is manufactured in the country it is designed and originated from. Business practices like these are rare to see these days, good job Focal, keep up the good work!
SCS Home Entertainment is proud to support Focal Loud speakers and invite you to come see and hear the Focal sound for yourself. We feature many different models including the Sopra Series, Aria Series, Chorus Series the Dimension Sound bar and more. If you would like a personal audition of any of our products, please give us a call at 417-887-9558 and we will reserve a time just for you.