If you’ve invested in some fine Focal hardware for your vehicular entertainment, you’ll be wanting to ensure it’s working to its fullest capability. Whether it’s for controlling the company’s Flax speaker drivers, the K2 Power line or those ultimate Utopia beryllium speaker drivers, the French company’s FSP-8 Sound Processor aims to offer “the ultimate digital tool” to optimise and control the audio signal, capable of handling high-resolution audio, and providing a user interface designed for (and by) acoustic experts.
Equipped with six selectable high and low level inputs to ensure compatibility with any front-end, the FSP-8 is designed to work with both factory head units and aftermarket solutions. It also features an optical digital input capable to 24-bit/192kHz and an additional auxiliary input, allowing the user to connect additional digital music players or smartphones directly — which can yield a significant quality boost over Bluetooth.
The software comes in the form of the FSP-8 DSP MANAGER for Windows (Xp/Vista/Seven/8/10), providing the user interface for controlling the FSP-8 from a laptop. Its design, says Focal, “was inspired by the solutions used to perfect the audio systems in production vehicles manufactured by Focal’s partners”. Four main screens give access to strategic settings — based around a main “CONFIGURATION” menu with three secondary menus for “EQUALIZER”, “CROSSOVER” and “TIME ALIGNMENT”.
The software has a fixed pane at the top of the interface, giving direct access to numerous settings, in addition to a fixed pane at the bottom with a dynamic ‘help’ tool. There’s a ‘Standard’ mode which allows you to quickly configure the inputs/outputs according to the most common speaker driver architectures, but also an ‘Expert’ mode which allows control over the entire input/output mapping, and thus more complex configurations.
Eight analogue 3.4V outputs feed your external amplifiers with the processed signals.
There is an optional LCD remote control, which allows you to adjust the main settings, and more importantly, to recall up to four saved presets.
The main FSP-8 meansures 14cm x 22cm x 5cm.
More info: www.focalaustralia.com.au