Focal-JMlab, was founded in 1979 in Paris by engineer, high-fidelity enthusiast and technology journalist Jacques Mahul. He began making his first speaker drivers in a small workshop in Saint-Etienne, at a precision mechanics company, which belonged to his father. Whilst 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.
Focal Sound became portable with the launch of Focal’s first high-fidelity headphones in 2012, Spirit One. After 4 years of presence within this sector, the company released the exceptional Utopia headphones in 2016. The following years would see the launch of Stellia, Clear Mg and Celestee, a series of open-back and closed-back Hi-Fi headphones awarded multiple times.