Summary: The Focal Bird PAK 2.1 system is a smooth-sounding little all-in-one system; with an invisible subwoofer. It sounds much smoother than Bose systems, and is much better suited to good and classical music. While most Bose systems are designed designed to close sales fast, the Focal Bird system is designed to impress serious music lovers long-term instead.
Excerpt: Just about a year ago, at CEDIA 2010, I heard a preproduction sample of one the most unusual and appealing compact audio systems I’ve ever encountered: the Bird system from the French loudspeaker manufacturer Focal. Several things about the system are striking, including its appearance, configuration, price, and, above all, performance. What makes the Bird so pleasingly unorthodox?
Excerpt: The Focal Bird 2.1 perches between two sibling systems distinguished only by their speakers. The so-called Little Bird ships with compact desktop speakers, and sells for £700, while the £900 Super Bird is bundled with larger elliptical enclosures. Key competition comes in the shape of the Ferguson Hill FH009 , Denon Ceol and YamahaYSP-2200 .
Pros: Full-bodied stereo performance, Beautifully built, Great as TV sound upgrade
Cons: Nondescript zapper, No AirPlay onboard, Not enough digital inputs