FAQ - Focusonics™

FAQ

1How much do the speakers cost?
The Focusonics Model A speaker costs €1,100 excl. VAT and Model B speaker, €850 excl. VAT.
2What is the lead time?
We usually have several speakers in stock. For larger quantities please contact us and our team will get back to you with a realistic lead time.
3What is the shipping time?
Shipping time will depend on the region destination, all orders are distributed via our headquarters in Lithuania. We usually use DHL express/economy so the shipping is relatively quick depending on the region.
4How far does the Focusonics speaker's sound beam reach?
The Model A speaker can easily reach 30 metres distance, whereas Model B is designed for smaller area applications but can reach distances in excess of 10 metres.
5At what distance does the beam of sound become audible?
Parametric speakers emit ultrasound, therefore at the speaker membrane no sound would be heard. The sound is demodulated as it passes through air. It takes some distance for the sound level to reach its maximum. For Model A this distance is around 3m and for Model B, 2m. Upon installation of either the Model A & B speaker, please keep the distance between the speaker and listerner's head at least 2m and 1m respectively.
6What happens when the beam hits an object?
The object reflects most of the beam's energy. Ultrasonic waves are very reflective and combined with the narrow beam of the speaker creates an illusion as if the sound is created at this point of reflection.
7Can Focusonics speakers be used to occupy a large area with sound?
Focusonics speakers create a narrow beam of sound that is best suited for directing towards a single person, hence a <1m beamwidth for typical operation distance. The region can be expanded with additional speakers however realistically it is not suited for applications where large spaces need to be filled with sound.
8Can these speakers be used outside?
Yes - under certain conditions. The speakers have to be protected from rain/snow and excessive humidity. Please contact us for more information.
9Is there any overspill of sound outside of the beam?
This depends on the room of application. If there are no reflectors around, then the sound is very well confined to the beam. However, in a typical room there are many reflectors present such as walls, floor, ceiling and other objects. We do not recommend installation of the speakers in small rooms, instead use it in larger spaces. Sound absorbing materials such as carpets, curtains etc help to minimize the spillover.
10Can you request a custom size Focusonics speaker?
Larger speakers can be assembled by concatenating a couple of smaller Focusonics speakers and providing the same audio source to them, allowing it to reach larger distances with a sound beam. We are open to designing and building a custom sized speaker, however the minimum size would be around 22x22cm size. Please contact us for further information.
11How can you connect to the device?
You can connect to our speakers either via bluetooth or standard line-in connection (3.5mm jack).
12Is there any additional hardware required?
The speaker includes all the necessary amplification and processing required for the audio signal. You only need to have your audio source/player.
13Can you send a demo speaker for evaluation purposes?
This is dependent on the circumstances, if this is of interest to you please contact us and we will get back to you.
14Can you rent a Focusonics speaker?
Yes, we offer a rental option - particularly within the EU area as it is fast shipping and no taxes from Lithuania.
15What happens if the person stands in front of the beam, does another person behind him hear the beam?
The person would block most of the beam so the person behind it won't hear the audio.
16What are the main differences between Model A and Model B?
Model B is designed for shorter distance applications such as overhead ceiling installation, whereas Model A is for larger distance operations.
17Sound quality?
Parametric speakers in general naturally lack low-frequency (bass response), including ours. Our engineers have implemented algorithms to generate 'virtual bass' that help to create an illusion of low frequencies through the use of high frequency tones. Nonetheless, the speakers are more suited for transmitting messages, background music and sounds and won't be able to replace the headphones for high-fidelity music listening.

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