For over 40 years, Focal has been one of the preeminent speaker brands in the world. They have delivered countless innovations for all different kinds of listening experiences from home audio speakers and headphones to car speaker drivers and studio monitors.

Throughout this Buyer's Guide, we'll be covering the history of the brand and taking a look at their product offerings for the recording studio. No matter your set-up, Focal has something that will meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

The History Of Focal

The legacy of Focal starts in 1979, as the French precision mechanics company France Filières created a workshop and began manufacturing speaker drivers. By 1982, Focal had set a precedent in the world of bookshelf speakers with the DB13, which used Polyglass and Polykevlar speaker driver cones.

20 years after introducing the DB13, Focal developed and released its first speakers created specifically for the recording studio. The brand has gone onto create a wide range of monitors for studios of all budgets and sizes. Continue on below to delve further into Focal's Alpha Series, Shape Series, SM6 Series, and headphone line.

Focal Alpha Evo Series

The Alpha Evo is the latest addition to the Alpha range of studio monitors and introduces new features, new technologies and a fresh new design for world-class performance and unrivaled versatility. The Alpha 65 Evo and Alpha 50 Evo both feature an aluminum inverted dome tweeter, along with a new Slatefiber cone manufactured in France to deliver neutral sound excellent dynamics, and wide dispersion.

The Alpha 50 Evo features a 5-inch woofer powered by a 30 W class-D amplifier, along with a 20W amp for the tweeter. The Alpha 50 Evo offers an impressive frequency response from 45 Hz - 22 kHz and a max SPL of 101 dB.

The Alpha 65 Evo features a 6.5-inch cone woofer powered by a 55 W class-D amplifier. Along with a 25 W amp for the tweeter, the 65 Evo offers an extended frequency response from 40 Hz - 22 kHz and a max SPL of 104 dB.

Both models feature XLR, TRS, and RCA, making it easy to connect up to three audio sources. A large laminar port enables Alpha Evo studio monitors to maintain the same tonal balance at low and high volumes for complete sonic transparency at all times. Top it all off with a versatile wall mounting system and the new Alpha Evo studio monitors are the perfect fit for any production space.

Focal Alpha 80

The largest monitor in the Alpha range, the Alpha 80 has a bigger 8” woofer. Same 1” tweeter as the rest of the line tops off the 80, and you’ll see low end represented down to 35Hz. For music needing more low end monitoring, this is your answer. At $549 per monitor, the value on this Alpha 80 monitor is unrivaled.

Focal Shape Series

The Focal Shape Series is a nice mid-range option that features a variety of sizes, and comes as a 2 way speaker with side radiation allocations, instead of porting. It's all housed in a tasteful woodgrain style enclosure.

Focal Shape 40

The Shape 40 is the most compact in all of the Focal Professional line, but don’t count it out. The Shape 40 is a brilliant monitoring solution for small environments needing a near field monitor. With a frequency range from 60Hz all the way up to 35kHz, the Shape 40 is a small but powerful tool.

Focal Shape 50

Upgrading to the Shape 50 gives you a 5” woofer, allowing for extended low end, while maintaining the same great features of the Shape line. The Shape 50 will reach down to 50Hz, and like the others, all the way up to 35kHz.

Focal Shape 65

The largest driver option of the Shape line, the Shape 65 has a 6.5” woofer, allowing its low end to extend down to 40 Hz. With a rear switch High Pass Filter, you can EQ low end at 45, 60, and 90 Hz. Also featured is a 3 band EQ, allowing for you to dial in exactly what your ears need to hear.

Focal Shape Twin

The top of the Shape line, the Shape Twin features two 5” woofers mounted above and below the tweeter. These monitors will represent low end with great precision, and can reach a maximum SPL of 110 dB. For larger monitoring with the same great Focal sound, the Shape Twin is a fantastic choice.

Focal SM6 Series

The SM6 line brings together Focal's greatest technological innovations for a stereo image that offers unprecedented neutrality, clarity and precision. Each monitor in this line employs a beryllium inverted dome tweeter that covers five octaves and woofers with W composite sandwich cone. Additionally, "Focus" mode reconfigures the monitors into a two-way mode perfect for checking your mixes.

Focal Solo6 Be

The Solo6 is a phenomenal nearfield monitor with two built in amplifiers and a 6.5” composite driver. Reaching from 40Hz to 40kHz, the Solo6 is here to transmit accurate detail of the entire frequency spectrum in your mixes. With a state of the art pure Beryllium tweeter and a maximum SPL of 113 dB, this speaker is a fantastic solution for high end monitoring in the nearfield.

Focal Twin6 BE

This active, 3 way speaker is filled out by two 6.5”, with a Beryllium tweeter in the middle. Designed for horizontal mounting, the Twin6 Be will find itself at home right on top of your console, and will reveal every nuance of your mix immediately. The dual drivers are designed to both transmit low end, while one of the two is specifically delegated to handle the lo-mid’s as well. The goal for monitoring is completely transparent listening, and the Twin6 Be nails this- it will impart no coloration on your mixes.

Focal Trio6 Be

Next up in the line is the Trio6, a three way near field monitor that caters to the most demanding of engineers. Featuring a 1” tweeter, 5” woofer, and 8” subwoofer, the Trio6 represents each range of the frequency spectrum fantastically. Accurate is an understatement with this speaker, and mixes will find that every corner of their sound is revealed to engineers. Reaching all the way down to 35 Hz, and extending all the way to 40kHz, your ears will be given exactly what they need to hear. Switching to FOCUS mode swaps the speaker over to a 2 way setup, allowing you to check your mixes for systems with limited response, such as TVs, cars, and phone speakers. Accuracy and optionality make the Trio6 a powerhouse.

Focal Trio11 Be

A precision midfield and nearfield speaker, the Trio11 can be operated as a two way or three way monitor. Featuring the same FOCUS technology as the Trio6, monitoring for different listening situations is a breeze. Carrying a 1” tweeter, 5” woofer, and massive 10” subwoofer, your mixes will be represented extremely accurately with this top of the line speaker from Focal.

Focal Sub6

The perfect subwoofer option for the Solo6 Be and Twin6 Be monitors, the Sub6 features an 11" woofer and has adjustable phase and level control. Additionally, the Sub6 has a footswitch that enables users to deactivate the subwoofer and high-pass crossover on the outputs that supply the monitors.

Focal Headphones

Accurate listening is not only done on monitor speakers, so Focal has you covered on excellent choices for reference headphones, allowing you to mix accurately on the go.

Focal Sphear Wireless Earbuds

Focal Sphear Wireless earbuds combine impressive performance with unparalleled portability. Two equalizer odes make it easy to switch from critical monitoring tasks like tracking and mixing to listening to music or watching videos. Neutral mode offers precise sound that faithfully recreates the original work with excellent treble handling, realistic bass, and plenty of dynamics. Loudness mode lets you hear every detail of your music in noisy environments like commuting or working out. With Mylar and Polyurethane drivers, Sphear Wireless earbuds deliver explosive, realistic bass.

Focal Pro Listen Headphones

The Pro Listen studio headphones are closed back, premium listening at its finest. Representing from 5Hz all the way up to 22kHz, literally every frequency that humans can hear will be represented in these headphones. Incredibly neutral and isolating, these headphones are a superb choice for on the go mixing, all at a modest price.

Focal Celestee Headphones

Designed for music-lovers, Focal's Celestee closed-back headphones utilize the latest Focal technologies to deliver outstanding tonal balance with powerful bass, punchy mids and precise treble. Celestee headphones feature 15/8" (40mm) Aluminum/Magnesium ‘M’-shaped dome full-range speaker drivers for an impressive frequency response from 5 Hz - 23 kHz. The earcups are treated with acoustic treatment to prevent resonance and reduce unwanted background noise.

Focal Clear MG Professional

Designed with music creators in mind, the Clear Mg Professional are circum-aural open-back headphones that offer optimized performance for the full frequency spectrum. Focal is reusing the original speaker drivers of the Clear Professionals (15/8" with M-shaped inverted domes), but have constructed them with Magnesium. By using Magnesium, Focal's research and development team has created a speaker driver formula that offers the right mix of lightness, rigidity and damping.

Focal's attention to detail with this new speaker driver, alongside its high copper voice coil and earcup design is sure to deliver the brand's best headphone listening experience yet. For the earcup portion, Focal has created an open grille design that follows the contour of the M-shaped speaker driver. This design element specifically offers more flexibility in the higher frequencies.

Focal Stellia Headphones

Super high-end listening experiences won’t be the same once you introduce the Stellia. Cutting edge technology used in the speaker design allows for incredible articuation, and purity of sound. Those wanting luxury when listening at home or on the go, the Stellia is the headphone equivalent of a Rolls Royce.

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