Focal Easia active wireless speakers due this autumn for under £2000

Now here's a product we're very much hoping to get our hands on in time for this year's Awards judging in August.

The Focal Easia stereo speakers (shown here in prototype form) are active floorstanders, each with a built-in amp, and wireless capability.

Each speaker plugs into the mains, then you connect your source components to the separate Hub-Air (below) which is equipped with coaxial, optical and analogue inputs, as well as two USB inputs.

The Hub-Air then transmits the music wirelessly to the speakers, so you won't need cables trailing across the floor.

It also has a built-in apt-X Bluetooth receiver so you can stream your music from a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Alternatively, there's an optional wireless dongle which uses Kleer technology to transmit audio from a PC, Mac or laptop to the Hub-Air.

The speakers themselves are fitted with an aluminium/magnesium tweeter and a pair of 5in woofers. They'll be available in September/October this year for "under £2000", initially in the white finish shown, but later in black and red as well. We look forward to testing them.

By Andy Clough

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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.