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Studio Monitors
Studio Monitors
Studio Monitors
Listen to your music, not to your speakers!
These few words embody the philosophy
of Focal-JMLab, the French manufacturer
of acoustic loudspeakers and transducers.
From their very beginning on the drawing
board in Research & Development at
Focal, our professional monitors are
designed to deliver one thing, at any cost:
the absolute acoustic truth.
Founded in 1979, Focal is today comprised
of two geographically separated facilities.
The cabinet factory, in Bourbon-Lancy,
ensures a custom-tailored production
that favours manual labour for the most
complex and precise work. The second
facility is Focal’s headquarters which
are based in Saint-Etienne. It combines
the R&D laboratory, production and
administrative departments on a 17000m2
site, where more than 200 people
work on a common goal: the absolute
finest sound. Focal established itself
as an innovation leader in the pursuit
of a unique principle: total control of
development and production. This enables
the company to constantly progress, while
being sure there’s perfect control during
the manufacturing process. Focal has
registered many patents, such as the "W"
composite sandwich cone or the pure
Beryllium inverted dome tweeter. These
exclusive technologies have brought
major progress to the professional audio
world in terms of neutrality, definition and
precision in reproduced sound.
Our products are designed from
the start to be professional tools that
exactly reproduce the sound signal,
without improving or damaging it. Focal
Professional monitors guarantee the
reproduction of all the micro-details, the
precise staging of instruments and voices,
with no coloration or distortion. These
basic elements allow the engineer to
directly access the source equipment and
electronics and ensure optimum transfer
quality onto public audio equipment.
It’s fundamental for a sound engineer to
entirely trust what he or she hears, either
in music production, postproduction or
> For over 35 years Focal has been developing and manufacturing loudspeakers for the home, speaker drivers for the car, monitor speakers for recording studios and more recently headphones.
Market leader in high-fidelity, Focal’s worldwide reputation is well known: our brand is recognised everywhere for its sound quality and its numerous technological innovations.
They have chosen Focal
(Mastering engineer - Alicia Keys, Natasha Bedingfield, Al Green Erykah Badu, Estelle, Outkast, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber...)
Forget all about my gear and toys, the most critical element in my studio is my
loudspeaker... To me, there’s no better nearfield loudspeaker than the Solo6
Be, whatever the prices of other monitors.
(DJ : Gold, Back again,... ) -
After trying various brands, Focal SM9s finally met all my expectations. Very
precise and perfectly balanced over the whole audio spectrum, they enable me
to produce with very high quality control.
(Sound engineer - James Blunt, John Butler…) -
The Twin6 Be monitors are the best that I’ve used in terms of studio-toconsumer listening translation. They really translate: what I hear in the studio
is what the outside world hears, in my experience. The Twin6 Be is the first
powered monitor that I’ve heard that you don’t have to be afraid of hearing in
the mid-range. You get the mids really kicking and it’s fine. Listening back to
mixes I’ve done on the NS10s through the Focal Professional, it kind of scares
me because I hear top-end distortion that I wasn’t hearing in the NS10s, I was
so used to using them, I thought I knew them. With the Focal Professional there
wasn’t a learning curve, it actually spooked me at first.
We've been searching for a midfield speaker to compliment our monitoring
system at Rowlands Audio Research for a while now. We've tried all the
competition and the only ones that truly delivered what we needed were the
Focal SM9's. They are the perfect bridge between our main monitors and the
(Composer - Home, Amen, Indigènes) -
The SM9 equip the composing room as well as the mixing and sound editing
studios in 5.1.
Which seduced us the most and convinced us to choose these monitors:
∙ The precision in the entire spectrum but also in high and low frequencies
∙ Comfortable at both low and high volume
∙ A very good space sensation and a good stereo image rendering
∙ An impressive transiants rendering.
(Sound engineer - Kotak, Alexa, BIP, Gigi, RAN) -
The mix translated very well to the other systems. With Twin6 Be & Sub6, now I
have both worlds in just a click of a footpedal. Near-field or a full-range system.
Focal Professional monitors reveal the
slightest details and ensure a better transfer
quality than other monitors. How do they
achieve this?
for a flexible surface. The inverted dome
directly radiates into the air, with maximum
efficiency, which is translated by an extremely
precise soundstage. The dome’s response
curve is clearly more linear than that of
any positive dome. It provides better space
Inverted dome tweeter
dispersion and very low directivity, contrary to
The inverted dome tweeter - a Focal hallmark - ribbon tweeters.
is perhaps the perfect transducer. This design
permits very high-efficiency, precision and The inverted dome tweeter offers unequalled
dynamics, enabling sound engineers to
very precisely control compression. The
The particular advantage of the inverted dome image precision (height, width and depth)
tweeter is the optimization of the mechanical is outstanding and makes the positioning of
coupling between the voice coil and the dome. each element very easy, as well as allows one
The voice coil is fixed at mid-height on the to exactly assess the reverb tails.
dome and uniformly moves the cone entire
surface. The positive dome is only joined at its Beryllium
edge, causing it to be inactive beyond 16kHz
Due to its incredible rigidity, Beryllium
represents the ultimate material for a tweeter
dome. Focal, after two years of research and
development, produced a world first: a pure
Beryllium inverted dome, able to cover more
than five octaves (1000Hz-40kHz).
As well, the linearity of the speaker’s response
curve is mainly a function of three opposite
parameters: lightness, rigidity and damping.
To this day, only one material permits a joining
of these parameters: Beryllium. For domes
with identical masses, Beryllium is seven
times more rigid than Titanium or Aluminum,
the latter two well known for their rigidity.
This results in a sound wave propagation
three times faster than Titanium and two and
a half times faster than Aluminum. In the
end, the linearity of the frequency response
curve, the acoustic transparency and the
impulse response of the Beryllium tweeter
are maximized and offer near-perfect sound.
> Titanium
> Aluminium
> Beryllium
You may ask yourself why do we strive for an
extended response at 40kHz, if the human
ear can only hear up to 20kHz? If you can
extend frequency response, you will improve > Comparison of Beryllium with Titanium and Aluminum. Beryllium is the
the perception of transients and other micro
lightest, the most resistant and has the highest sound speed.
> "W" composite sandwich cone mounting.
"W" composite sandwich cone
The "W" composite sandwich cone permits
total optimization of the frequency response
curve, thanks to the total control of three key
parameters: lightness, rigidity and damping.
At Focal, the letter "W" means Glass/Glass,
as it usually has two sheets of woven glass
tissue that are "sandwiched" onto the
structural foam core.
The glass tissue benefits from the incredibly
fine weaving of very long fibres. This choice
offers a mass and a size clearly inferior to
those in Aramid fibers or other Kevlar fabrics,
which generate coloration in the midrange.
It’s also important to note that the molecular
bond between the resin and the glass is
greater than that obtained with Aramid fibres.
The cone structure is more homogeneous
and its behavior in flex is much more superior.
> "W" composite sandwich cone.
These unique characteristics of lightness
and rigidity provide control of the signal
transmission speed inside the material.
Adjusting the thickness of the structural
foam allows a very precise control of the "W"
cone’s damping. The variation of the number
of glass fibre sheets and the thickness of
the central foam can easily optimize the
cone’s behaviour according to the desired
frequency range. When listening, the sound
of the "W"cone is entirely transparent, has an
excellent phase response and has a very low
distortion rate (rigidity 20 times higher than
Kevlar or Aramid fibre).
> Interferometry analysis.
SM9 Line
The SM9 was born out of a simple idea:
create the most sonically transparent
monitoring system ever built. The SM9
features a frequency response from 30Hz
to 40kHz with a SPL max of 116dB. This
monitoring speaker establishes itself as a
reference thanks to the precision of the
stereo image, its capacity to reproduce each
of the micro-details of the audio signal, as
well as unconditional respect of the original
Two monitors in one!
One of the major SM9 innovations lies in
the fact of offering 2 monitoring speakers in
only one and unique cabinet. The activation
of this monitor is made by setting off the
FOCUS mode on the side panel. The 2-way
monitor (Beryllium tweeter + 61/2" (16,5cm)
"W" woofer) offers a frequency response
from 90Hz to 20kHz, permitting to check the
mix transfer quality on systems with limited
frequency response in the bass frequencies
such as:
The "nec plus ultra" of Focal drivers
Custom-made amplification
The SM9 line is a sheer product of Focal
technologies and innovation.
The new pure Beryllium inverted dome
tweeter, specially developed for the SM9 line,
offers unprecedented linearity and ability to
reveal micro-information. This is due to an
entirely new magnet structure that achieves
a mind-boggling 2.1 Tesla of magnetic flux.
This has a profound effect on the tweeter’s
ability to reproduce micro-dynamics, which
helps the engineer to dial-in compression
and reverb.
The all-new, all-analog amplifiers developed
specifically for the SM9 demonstrate the
unwillingness to compromise. 600Watts
of class AB amplification drives the SM9
on three separate channels, respectively
400W (woofer), 100W (midrange) and 100W
(tweeter). These new amplifiers are halfway
between class A and class AB in regards
to the bias current. This choice perfectly
respects the dynamics contained in the
original audio signal, guarantee of extremely
precise adjustment of the compression ratio,
attack and release settings.
The new 61/2" (16,5 cm) "W" composite sandwich cone midrange driver benefits from
great damping characteristics. The derived
Impulse Response is simply the best of its
class. Midrange and mid-bass frequencies
are then reproduced without any masking
effect, ensuring perfect neutrality.
The 8" (20 cm) "W" cone bass driver and the
11" (27 cm) "W" cone passive radiator permit
• TV sets
to extend the frequency response to 30Hz,
without any decay effect nor distortion. Bass
• Computers
is then reproduced with unparalleled clean
• Cars
punch, with no cone distortions, giving the
• iPod docks or any multimedia system
engineer the confidence to make the best
This monitor also permits to check the decisions over the entire bass register.
midrange register, very hard to equalize and
balance in terms of sound level compared to
the other information contained in the audio
Input stage: flexibility in all-analog world
Six detended knobs situated on the back
panel allow the engineer or the acoustician
to compensate for some room anomalies
and optimize the monitor response in the
room (see specifications). For studios with
optimum acoustic condition, the engineer
can bypass these adjustments (except for
the low-pass filter) by activating the DIRECT
switch on the inside side panel and thus
ensure a direct signal between the input and
the amplification stages.
• Frequency response
• Maximum SPL
- 3-way mode
30Hz - 40kHz (+/- 3dB)
40Hz - 20kHz (+/- 1dB)
- 2-way mode (Focus)
90Hz - 20kHz (+/- 3dB)
- 3-way mode
116dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
- 2-way mode (Focus)
106dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
- Type / Impedance
- Connector
- Sensitivity
Electronically balanced / 10kOhms
Adjustable, +4dBu or -10dBV
Electronic section
• Analog input
• Bass
• Midrange
• Treble
• Power supply
400W, classe AB
100W, classe AB
100W, classe AB
- Local supply
- Connection
• User controls
- Rear panel
- Side panel
• Indicators
230V (3.15A fuse)
115V (6.3A)
IEC inlet and detachable power cord
Input sensitivity selector (+4dBu / -10dBV)
High-pass crossover
(full range, 45, 60, 90Hz @ -6dB)
Low frequency shelving
(+/- 3dB from 30 to 250Hz per step of 0.5dB)
High frequency shelving
(+/- 3dB from 4.5 to 40kHz per step of 0.5dB)
Low frequency EQ
(+/- 3dB per step of 0.5dB @ 50Hz,
Q factor = 2)
Low-mid frequency EQ
(+/- 3dB per step of 0.5dB @ 160Hz,
Q factor = 1)
Mid frequency EQ
(+/- 3dB per step of 0.5dB @ 1kHz,
Q factor = 0.6)
Stand By / On switch
Direct switch
Focus switch
Power On, clipping and default on front panel
• Passive radiator
11WPP52, 11" (27cm) Focal "W" composite
sandwich cone piston, extra wide inverted
surround radiator
• Subwoofer
8W7571, 8" (20cm) Focal "W" composite
sandwich cone driver
• Midrange
6W0452, 61/2" (16.5cm) Focal "W" composite
sandwich cone driver
• Tweeter
TB872, 1" (25mm) pure Beryllium inverted
dome tweeter
• Construction
0.88" (22mm) and 1.2" (30mm) panels with
internal braces
• Finish
Black natural veneering top and bottom
panels, Black body
• Dimensions (HxLxD)
12.8" x 19.6" x 15.6" (320mm x 490mm x 390mm)
• Weight
77lb (35kg)
> SM9.
Best Studio Monitor 2012 for 100
pro audio magazines.
> SM9.
They have chosen Focal
(Taylor Swift producer) -
The first time I heard the Focal Solo6 Be studio monitors I was beyond impressed.
They were true and accurate and at the same time didn't sound "boring" like
other monitors I have used. Focal monitors are my top choice. Taylor Swift's
"Fearless" album is the biggest selling album of 2009 with over 3 million copies
sold, the only album to win the Grammy for "Album of the Year" and "Country
Album of the Year.
("Guitar hero®") -
I needed self-powered monitors and wanted a set that didn’t require a
subwoofer, a monitor that had a natural top to bottom, but no hyped frequencies.
I definitely get enough low end with the Focals – the balance with the Focal
Professional monitors is perfect! With the Focal Professional monitors you can
hear everything.
(Sound engineer - "Live From The Roxy" Slash, Kiss, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Smashing Pumpkins - Eminem - 3 nominations to Grammy Awards)
I actually own several types of high-end speakers. I still use them for reference,
but I Mix on the Focal Solo6 Be now. This was the first time I used Solo6 Be for
a project it came out spectacularly. I was really impressed by these speakers.
What I found most interesting with the Solo6 Be was the amount of time I could
spend mixing without getting fatigued. I found the Solo6 Be to be very accurate
while traveling to other reference speakers. What you put into the Solo6 Be, you
get out: very accurate. I have played the Slash mixes for many people and they
are great - and of course give me all the credit. They don't know that my secret
weapon was the Solo6s. I love my new Focal Solo6 Be and you will have to pry
them from my cold dead hands in order to take them away from me...
(Singer and composer) -
My story with Focal started many years ago, where I discovered them for the
first time in a studio, when I was working in the United States, among a pile of
monitors, there appeared a set of Focals.I really liked the audio they produced,
and the way they sounded. Some time later, I found myself working in another
studio, in this case at a colleague’s, Andreas Calamaro, and was able to work
on a daily basis with those Focals. And that is how I felt in love with them, in
a certain way, with the audio which ... which Focal provides. I spent the entire
pre-production for my last album, more or less in that studio, so I was able to
enjoy and appreciate them from day-to-day.
(Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel ...) -
We love the flat frequency response at different levels of sound pressure. The
Twin6 Be are the perfect balance between the warmth of the legendary monitors
and the precision of the modern ones.
For me, one of the most important things is the quality of sound. About 6 months
ago, I was introduced to some Focal speakers, from a friend of mine. I haven’t
looked back, I got a pair of SM9s. Now I feel like I’m in the music instead of
hearing this thing kind of coming towards me. I can hear absolutely everything
and that’s kind of one thing I’ve never experienced is to be in the music and be
part of it... The Focal thing is really taking my music to the next level. It has
changed my life.
SM6 Line
The SM6 line was created for studios
in search of monitors that reveal all
information in the audio spectrum, without
any masking effect. It integrates the best of
Focal technologies ("W" composite sandwich
cone, pure Beryllium inverted dome tweeter)
and offers an unprecedented performance/
cost ratio. The Solo6 Be and Twin6 Be
monitors stand out in this segment due to
their unparalleled transparency, degree of
definition and precise sound image. The
Solo6 Be and Twin6 Be convey a midbass
and bass, which are always controlled
for extremely precise measurement of
compression. These monitors have been
enthusiastically reviewed and the Twin6 Be
has been awarded "Best Monitor" in all price
categories by the magazine Future Music.
Solo6 Be
The Solo6 Be monitor will surprise you in
the very first minutes you spend with it,
partly due to its size/extended bass response
(40Hz-40kHz (+/- 2dB)). The 61/2" (16,5cm) "W"
composite sandwich mid-woofer combines
neutrality in the midrange, fullness in the
midbass register and bass control. Its
compactness and the choice of a large front
laminar port guarantee easy integration in
studios that need a near field monitor without
any acoustic compromise. The user settings
on the back of the Solo6 Be, combined with
its compactness, make it easy to carry and
to adjust according to the acoustics of each
by fine-tuning on the control plate on the back
of the Twin6 Be in order to obtain a perfect
mirror configuration with its mate. The Twin6
Be can be installed vertically or horizontally
to respond to the space requirements of each
Twin6 Be
The Twin6 Be is the best seller of the Focal
Professional range and the most versatile
work tool of the SM6 line. It represents the
only necessary solution for recording, mixing
and mastering. The image precision, treble
definition as well as midrange neutrality are
at the heart of its reputation. The excellent
articulation of the bass and midbass registers,
even at very high sound levels, makes it
an unavoidable reference for engineers who
require absolute transparency. Furthermore,
the design of the Twin6 Be permits a high
SPL while at the same time offering a stable
tonal balance. One of the two 61/2" (16,5cm)
woofers works in large band (midrange–bass)
whereas the other reproduces from 40 to
150Hz. This creates a bass that preserves
all the signal dynamics, without any masking
effect in the midrange, thereby keeping all
its neutrality and transparency. Additional
control of the bass register is accomplished
The Sub6 is a large volume cabinet design,
equipped with an 11" (27cm) woofer and
a rear laminar port. This configuration
guarantees bass linearity whatever the
intended SPL. The control board is extremely
versatile, with connectivity which allows a 2.1,
2.2 and multichannel use via the L/R inputs
and outputs and the LFE. The numerous
settings such as the high-pass crossover
dedicated to monitors, the adjustable phase
and level control provide optimum coupling
with the Solo6 Be and the Twin6 Be monitors.
And finally, a small, but important point: the
footswitch input. It enables one to connect
a pedal to deactivate the subwoofer and
the high-pass crossovers on the outputs
that supply the monitors. This simplifies and
greatly improves control during the different
stages in monitoring.
> Available in Black or Red finishes except Sub6, Black only.
Solo6 Be
Twin6 Be
• Frequency response
40Hz - 40kHz (+/- 2dB)
40Hz - 40kHz (+/- 2dB)
30 Hz - 250 Hz (+/- 2dB)
• Maximum SPL
113dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
115dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
116dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
- Type / Impedance
- Connector
Electronically balanced / 10kΩ
Electronically balanced / 10kΩ
- Sensitivity
Adjustable, +4dBu or -10dBV
Adjustable, +4dBu or -10dBV
Right, left, LFE
Electronically balanced / 10kΩ
XLR 3 points socket
Adjustable, + 4dBu or -10dBV
Electronic section
• Inputs
• Outputs (towards
- Type / Impedance
- Connector
• Bass / Midrange
• Treble
ignal internal treatment and functions
Right, left
Electronically balanced / 50 Ohms
XLR 3 points plug
150W rms, BASH® technology
100W rms, class AB
2x 150W rms, BASH® technology
100W rms, class AB
- Subwoofer section
Mono right/left summation
LFE + mono low-pass 24dB / octave
Phase adjustment
Polarity selection switch
Switch high-pass filter,
cut-off frequency selection 24dB / octave
- Speaker section
• Power supply
- Local supply
350W rms, BASH® technology
230V (1.6A fuse rating)
115V (3.5A fuse rating)
IEC inlet and detachable power cord
230V (2A fuse)
115V (4A fuse)
IEC inlet and detachable power cord
230V (1.6A fuse) or 115V (3.15A fuse)
Removable CEI supply wire
IEC inlet and detachable power cord
• User controls and
Input sensitivity selection switch
Adjustable tweeter and woofer levels
by potentiometers
On/off switch, voltage selector
Input sensitivity selector
Midrange driver selector (right/left)
Adjustable tweeter and woofer levels
by potentiometers
On/off switch, voltage selector
Adjustable subwoofer level
Low-pass cut-off frequency setting
Phase adjustment
Polarity adjustment
Subwoofer switch (mute)
2.1 "Bypass" (external remote control)
High-pass frequency selection
Releasable high-pass
• Light indicator
Power On LED
Power On LED
Power On LED
Subwoofer switch(mute)
Released high-pass
• Woofer
6W4370B, 61/2" (16.5cm) Focal "W"
composite sandwich cone drivers
6W4370B, 2x 61/2" (16.5cm) Focal "W"
composite sandwich cone drivers
11W7670, 11" (27cm) Focal "W"
composite sandwich cone driver
• Treble
TB871, Focal pure Beryllium inverted
dome tweeter
TB871, Focal Beryllium inverted dome
• Shielding
Integral through cancellation magnets
/ cans or by magnet design
Integral through cancellation magnets /
cans or by magnet design
- Connection
• Construction
71/2" (19mm) MDF panels
71/2" (19mm) MDF panels
71/2" (19mm) MDF panels
• Finish
Dark Red natural veneering side
panels, Black body
Dark Red natural veneering side
panels, Black body
Dark Red natural veneering side panels,
Black body
• Dimensions (HxLxD)
13 x 97/16 x 117/16"
(330mm x 240mm x 290mm)
913/16 x 1911/16 x 133/8"
(250mm x 500mm x 340mm)
1415/16 x 139/16 x 175/16"
(380mm x 344mm x 440mm)
• Weight
24.2lb (11kg)
30.8lb (14kg)
50.7lb (23kg)
CMS Line
The CMS line is particularly dedicated to
post-production studios, small listening
rooms, radio studios and home studios. The
CMS 40, CMS 50, CMS 65 and CMS SUB
integrate many Focal hallmarks, such as
the Aluminum/Magnesium inverted dome
tweeter, the Polyglass cone woofer, as well as
neutrality, dynamics, detail and soundstage
precision. They also offer numerous control
settings to meet the acoustic constraints of
small sound rooms. The compact design and
the use of a large front port allow for a wall
installation from 24" (60cm) without any loss
of control in the bass register. Accessories
are supplied to ensure the most efficient
acoustic integration so that the listener will
benefit from 100% of the performance of
the CMS. Balanced (XLR) and unbalanced
(RCA) inputs are electronically treated to
compensate the 6dB difference between
these two connections. The compensation
ensures an
identical sound level for
coherent recordings, whatever the location
and the equipment used.
CMS 40
CMS 50
CMS 65
The CMS 40 is the most compact monitor
of the Focal Professional range. Its size/
extended bass frequency ratio ensures
excellent versatility. This monitor guarantees
ultra-realistic voicing, whilst offering
optimum acoustic integration in a small room.
Its design permits a listening position from
16" (40cm), even in the least advantageous
locations (ex. proximity to reverberating
surfaces). The CMS 40 is the perfect tool for
post-production and home studios. And even
in the biggest and best studios, it proves to
be an excellent second monitoring system,
allowing one to quickly check how the mix
translates onto smaller speakers.
The design of the CMS 50 permits a listening
position from 19" (50cm), while still keeping
the possibility to place the monitors at a
great distance from one another without
damaging the soundstage. The 5” (13cm)
mid-bass reaches down to 55Hz, while
offering a controlled bass and a totally linear
midrange. The midrange register of the
CMS 50 has unequalled neutrality in its price
range. The Al/Mg inverted dome tweeter
offers outstanding dynamics and a degree
of definition in the treble that allow precise
measurement of reverb tails and other
effects, which are normally very difficult to
The reference standard of the CMS line, the
CMS 65 received the 2008 Excellence Award
from Pro Audio Review magazine due to its
amazing size/price/performance ratio. Its
extended response at 45Hz (-3dB) allows
installation without a subwoofer.
CMS 65 monitors are characterized by
treble definition, midrange transparency and
adjustable control of the midbass and bass
registers. The tonal balance is extremely
stable, even at very loud volumes, ensuring
accurate reproduction when mixing and
Marcello Giuliani - (Erik Truffaz, Etienne
Daho, Henri Salvador, Jacques Higelin, Sophie
Hunger, Young Gods, Anna Aaron).
Best Studio Monitor 2009 and 2010
for 100 pro audio magazines.
The CMS SUB is equipped with a 11" (27cm) Polyglass
cone subwoofer with a large front laminar port. This design
guarantees perfect acoustical integration even into the
smallest recording studios. The 11" (27cm) woofer used
in the CMS SUB is both very light and extremely rigid for
a neutral and distortion-free response. This incredible
weight-to-rigidity ratio is obtained by applying a thin layer
of hollow glass spheres on top of a cellulose-based cone.
The high excursion capabilities of the CMS SUB woofer
offer tight and controlled bass, able to reproduce even the
most minute detail. The CMS SUB woofer was designed to
be extremely efficient, to make the most out of an amplifier
headroom, making sure that you can hear the slightest
changes to compression settings. The high efficiency of
the CMS SUB ensures excellent acoustic coupling with the
CMS 50 and CMS 65.
> CMS 65
> CMS 50
> CMS 40
> The manufacturing line, a 100 % Focal design to perpetuate tradition.
CMS technologies
Aluminum/Magnesium inverted dome
Magnesium possesses great damping
qualities, Aluminum great rigidity and the
two in alloy can greatly reduce distortion.
This unique marriage of metals offers
several advantages. The impulse response
is incredibly rapid and yet benefits from a
very short settlement time and excellent
damping. This enables the tweeter to extend
its frequency response beyond 28kHz (-3dB)…
This configuration produces a precise,
analytical sound and an extremely deep
soundstage. The frequency response curve
linearity is also remarkable in that it ensures
perfect neutrality. When listening, the treble
frequencies are dynamic and detailed.
The Aluminum/Magnesium inverted dome
tweeter then combines perfectly with the
Polyglass woofer in a perfect tone synergy.
> Polyglass cone.
Polyglass technology, exclusive to Focal, consists in applying molten
glass microballs on a cellulose pulp cone. This process combines an
excellent paper damping with glass rigidity. The rigidity index exceeds
even that of a single skin Kevlar and is almost ten times superior to one
of polypropylene. The mass/rigidity/damping ratio adjustment results
in outstanding linearity of the frequency response curve, all from the
inherent design of the cone. This innovation also greatly increases
definition in the midrange.
> CMS 50.
CMS 40
CMS 50
CMS 65
• Frequency response
60 Hz - 28 kHz
55 Hz - 28 kHz
45 Hz - 28 kHz
• Maximum SPL
97dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
107dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
112dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
Balanced 10kΩ / Unbalanced 47kΩ
20 kΩ balanced/ 47kΩ unbalanced
20 kΩ balanced/ 47kΩ unbalanced
25W rms, class AB
25W rms, class AB
80W rms, class AB
50W rms, class AB
100W rms, class AB
60W rms, class AB
- Sensitivity
- Sound level
- High-pass filter
- Midrange/bass level
(0 - 450Hz)
- Treble level
(4.5 kHz - 20 kHz)
- 160Hz Parametric filter
(Q factor= 2)
- ON/OFF power supply
- Standby / ON
Adjustable, +4dBu / 0 / -10dBV
Adjustable, -66 dB / 0dB
Adjustable, +4dBu / 0 / -10dBV
Adjustable, -66dB / 0dB
Adjustable, idle / 45 / 60 / 90Hz
(12dB / oct.)
Adjustable, 0 / -4 / -2 / +2dB
Adjustable, 0 / -4 / -2 / +2dB
Adjustable, 0 / -2 / -4 / -6dB
Adjustable, +4dBu / 0 / -10dBV
Adjustable, -66dB / 0dB
Adjustable, idle / 45 / 60 / 90Hz
(12dB / oct.)
Adjustable, 0 / -4 / -2 / +2dB
Adjustable, 0 / -4 / -2 / +2dB
Adjustable, 0 / -2 / -4 / -6dB
ON / OFF switch
ON / OFF switch, voltage selector
Standby / ON switch
ON / OFF switch, voltage selector
Standby/ON switch
- Voltage
220-230V (0.5A fuse rating)
120V (0.8A fuse rating)
100V (1A fuse rating)
IEC inlet and detachable power cord
220-230V (1.6A fuse)
120V (3.15A fuse)
100V (4A fuse)
IEC inlet and detachable power cord
220-230V (1.6A fuse)
120V (3.15A fuse)
100V (4A fuse)
IEC inlet and detachable power cord
Audio clip LED
Standby and ON LED
Audio clip LED
Standby and ON LED
Audio clip LED
• Woofer
4" (10cm) Focal driver,
Polyglass cone
5" (13cm) Focal driver,
Polyglass cone
61/2" (16.5cm) Focal driver,
Polyglass cone
• Tweeter
Aluminum/Magnesium Focal
inverted dome
Aluminum/Magnesium Focal
inverted dome
Aluminum/Magnesium Focal inverted
• Shielding
Integral by cancellation magnet
Integral by cancellation magnet
Integral by cancellation magnet
• Construction
Reinforced and damped aluminum
Reinforced and damped aluminum
Reinforced and damped aluminum
• Finish
Black powdered paint
Black powdered paint
Black powdered paint
• Dimensions with rubber feet (HxLxD)
• Dimensions with decoupling table stand (HxLxD)
• Dimensions with spikes (HxLxD)
113/8" x 71/2" x 715/16"
(289.5 mmx 190 mmx 201mm)
113/4" x 71/2" x 715/16"
(299.5 mmx 190mm x 201mm)
141/8" x 91/2" x 91/8"
(358.5mm x 241mm x 231mm)
141/2" x 91/2" x 91/8"
(368.5 mmx 241mm x 231mm)
• Weight
11lb (5.5kg)
17lb (7.7kg)
23lb (10.5kg)
Electronic section
• Inputs
- Type/Impedance
- Connectors
• Woofer - Midrange
• Treble
• Settings
• Power supply
- Connection
• Indicators
Adjustable, 0 /-2 / +2dB
Adjustable, 0 /-2 / +2dB
• Frequency response
30Hz - 250Hz
• Maximum SPL
113dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
Electronic section
• Inputs
- Type/Impedance
- Connectors
Left, Right, LFE
Electronically balanced / 10kΩ
Female 3 pins XLR
Output : Left, Right
Male 3 pins XLR in parallel on inputs
• Woofer - Midrange
• Treble
300W rms, BASH® technology
• Settings
- Sensitivity
- Sound level
- High-pass filter
- Midrange/bass level (0 - 450Hz)
- Treble level
(4.5 kHz - 20 kHz)
- 160Hz Parametric filter
(Q factor= 2)
- ON/OFF power supply
- Standby / ON
Sub level (sensitivity) adjustment
Lo-pass frequency adjustment
Phase adjustment
Polarity switch
External Mute (controlled by external footswitch)
• Power supply
- Voltage
230V (1.6A fuse rating) or 115V (3.15A fuse rating)
- Connection
IEC inlet and detachable power cord
• Indicators
Power ON
External Mute
• Woofer
Polyglass, high excursion, 11" ( 27cm)
Focal driver
• Construction
1" (22mm) MDF panels with internal braces
• Finish
Dark grey vinyl
• Dimensions with rubber feet (HxLxD)
17.1" x 14.4"x 17.3" (435.5mm x 366mm x 440mm)
• Weight
50.7lb (23kg)
Reveal your Music!
The Alpha range is specifically designed for
the music production industry. Right from
the early stages of R&D, particular attention
was paid to ensure the studio monitors
could be integrated into very diverse
environments, both in terms of size and
acoustic quality. The versatility of the studio
monitors was reinforced by the capability
of each loudspeaker to reveal the slightest
details of the mix for all styles of music.
Alpha features Focal technologies such as
the Aluminium inverted dome tweeter and
the Polyglass cone woofer, resulting in a
very precise and wide soundstage. The bass
frequencies are always controlled and the
midrange frequencies are characterised
by remarkable neutrality. As regards the
double AB amplification, it ensures the
dynamics are respected and allows for high
SPL levels, giving endless possibilities.
Finally, the bass reflex design with large
double front ports enable the studio monitor
to be installed near a wall whilst ensuring
maximum stability of the tonal balance.
> ALPHA 50.
Alpha 50, the most compact of the line, is
equipped with a 1" (25mm) tweeter and a 5"
(13cm) woofer. It features a 20W amplifier
for the tweeter and a 35W amplifier for the
woofer, and has a frequency response of 45Hz
to 22kHz (+/- 3dB). It is perfectly adapted for
confined spaces.
Alpha 65 is equipped with a 1" (25mm) tweeter
and a 61/2" (16,5cm) woofer. It features a 35W
amplifier for the tweeter and a 70W amplifier
for the woofer, and has a frequency response
of 40Hz to 22kHz (+/- 3dB). This model
performs just as well with instrumental music
as with electronic music, and is characterised
by its great versatility.
Alpha 80, the flagship of the line, is equipped
with a 1" (25mm) tweeter and an 8" (21cm)
woofer. It features a 40W amplifier for the
tweeter and a 100W amplifier for the woofer,
and has a frequency response of 35Hz to
22kHz (+/- 3dB). This model is particularly
ideal for producing music which is rich in
bass or which requires high power reserves.
Aluminium inverted dome tweeter
Low directivity: keeps the same sound
throughout the room
2 constantly active XLR and RCA inputs
Connect up to 2 audio sources
Polyglass cone
Damping and rigidity: neutrality, no distortion
Adjustable bass and treble levels
Optimal acoustic integration
Large front port
Tonal balance is identical at low and high volumes
Low sensitivity to the effect of walls
Automatic standby mode
Reduced power consumption
• Frequency response (+/- 3dB)
45Hz - 22kHz
40Hz - 22kHz
35Hz - 22kHz
• Maximum SPL
103dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
106dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
109dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
• Input
- Type /Impedance
- Connectors
- XLR : balanced 10kOhms
- RCA : unbalanced 10 kOhms
with sensitivity compensation
- XLR : balanced 10kOhms
- RCA : unbalanced 10 kOhms
with sensitivity compensation
- XLR : balanced 10kOhms
- RCA : unbalanced 10 kOhms
with sensitivity compensation
• LF amplifier stage
• HF amplifier stage
35W, class AB
20W, class AB
70W, class AB
35W, class AB
100W, class AB
40W, class AB
- After about 30 minutes
without using the monitor
- By signal detection >3mV
- After about 30 minutes
without using the monitor
- By signal detection >3mV
- After about 30 minutes
without using the monitor
- By signal detection >3mV
• Power supply
- Mains voltage
(fuse T500mAL / 250V)
or 100-120V
(fuse T1AL / 250V)
(fuse T800mAL / 250V)
ou 100-120V
(fuse T1.6AL / 250V)
(fuse T1.6AL / 250V)
ou 100-120V
(fuse T3.15AL / 250V)
- Connection
IEC inlet and detachable power cord
IEC inlet and detachable power cord
IEC inlet and detachable power cord
• User controls
- Sensitivity
- LF shelving (0 - 300Hz)
- HF shelving (4.5 - 22kHz)
- Power ON / OFF
Adjustable, 0 or +6dB
Adjustable, +/-6dB
Adjustable, +/-3dB
Power ON/OFF switch on rear panel
Adjustable, 0 or +6dB
Adjustable, +/-6dB
Adjustable, +/-3dB
Power ON/OFF switch on rear panel
Adjustable, 0 or +6dB
Adjustable, +/-6dB
Adjustable, +/-3dB
Power ON/OFF switch on rear panel
• Standby mode power consumption
< 0.5W
< 0.5W
< 0.5W
• Indicators
Power ON/OFF LED - Standby LED
Power ON/OFF LED - Standby LED
Power ON/OFF LED - Standby LED
• Woofer
5" (13cm) drive unit
Polyglass cone
6.5" (16,5cm) drive unit
Polyglass cone
8" (21cm) drive unit
Polyglass cone
• Tweeter
1" (25mm) drive unit,
Aluminum inverted dome
1" (25mm) drive unit,
Aluminum inverted dome
1" (25mm) drive unit,
Aluminum inverted dome
• Construction
0.6" (15mm) MDF
0.6" (15mm) MDF
0.6" (15mm) MDF
• Finish
Vinyl and Black painting
Vinyl and Black painting
Vinyl and Black painting
• Dimensions with 4 rubber pads (HxWxD)
• Weight
16.1lb (7,3kg)
20.7lb (9,4kg)
28.2lb (12,8kg)
Electronic section
• Auto Standby Mode
- Standby
- Desactivation of standby
> ALPHA 65.
Spirit Professional
The Spirit Professional headphones are the
direct result of Focal’s historical expertise in
the design of high-performance transducers.
In line with the monitoring loudspeakers,
the Spirit Professional headphones ensure
high-quality control of monitoring activities
without exception, freeing professionals from
the acoustic constraints related to the size of
their workstation.
Design: comfort and simplicity
The circum-aural design of the Spirit
Professional headphones was chosen to
optimize the acoustic coupling to the ear. This
monitoring tool for professional recording
studios is also suitable for broadcasting or
home studios, where the noise level is much
higher. This is the reason why these closed-
type headphones were the obvious solution.
The frequency of use and the length of
time they are used for are two of the most
important aspects to take into account when
designing professional headphones.
The optimisation of the comfort of the
headphones was essential. Thus, the choice
to use memory foam for the ear-pieces and
the headband ensures a perfect fit regardless
of user’s morphology. Moreover, the large earpieces guarantee a remarkable insulation,
whilst reducing the pressure level.
Acoustics: neutrality and transparency for
total control
The close attention paid to the design of
the Mylar/Titanium alloy drivers ensures
sound reproduction which respects the
original dynamics of the audio signal without
distortion, preventing auditory fatigue.
The neutrality of tonal balance combined with
the remarkably high-definition enable the
reproduction of all audio signals, even at the
lowest of listening volumes.
Finally, work on the acoustical load of the
Finally, the Black Textured finish gives the transducers has resulted in articulated bass
headphones a simplistic look and as well as a worthy of open-style headphones, but with
shock- and scratch-resistant quality.
the advantages of insulation.
The low-impedance OFC coiled cable
(13ft/4m) enhances the transparency of
sound, an important concept for the brand.
• Impedance
32 Ohms
• Sensitivity
102dB SPL / 1 mW @ 1kHz
<0,3% / 1kHz / 100dB SPL
• Frequency response
5Hz - 22kHz
• Driver
Matched 19/16" (40mm)
• Weight
0.6lb (280g)
> Black Textured finish.
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