Focal Dimension is a soundbar and soundbase combined

Focal Dimension

Stars of CES 2014 winner

It's common knowledge that most flatscreen TVs sound rubbish. And that not everyone can accommodate a full 5.1 rig in their home. So the soundbar has proved immensely popular, and more recently has morphed into the soundbase that sits under your telly.

French speaker company Focal has combined the best of both worlds here at CES by developing the Dimension soundbar and sub.

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The stylish soundbar itself is less than 6.5cm deep so can be placed in front of the TV or fixed on a wall. It incorporates five patented ultra-flat speaker drivers covering a very wide bandwidth for optimum performance.

And here's the clever part: if you want to boost the sound even further, the optional subwoofer is designed in the shape of a soundbase to sit under your TV, with the soundbar in front. We think it's a rather smart solution, which is why we gave the Focal Dimension a Stars of CES 2014 award.

Focal claims that the Dimension soundbar and sub combined will deliver "incredibly rich and powerful 5.1 sound over six channels with a total power output of 450W". When they go on sale later this year, the Dimension soundbar will cost $1400 and the Dimension sub $500. If bought together as a package they'll cost $1700. UK prices to be confirmed.

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By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.