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  1. Focal Shape 40 Compact Powered Monitor - Single

    MFR#: FOPRO-SHAPE40
    The most compact studio monitor in the Focal Professional line - the perfect solution for nearfield monitoring
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    $549.00
  2. Focal Shape 50 Compact Powered Monitor - Single

    MFR#: FOPRO-SHAPE50
    Versatile monitoring loudspeaker par excellence featuring low directivity tweeter for a flexible listening position
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    $749.00
  3. Focal Shape 65 Compact Powered Monitor - Single

    MFR#: FOPRO-SHAPE65 Best Seller
    Dedicated to nearfield monitoring featuring extraordinary quality in the lowest to the highest frequencies
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    $899.00
  4. Focal Alpha 65 - Single

    MFR#: FOPRO-ALPH65 Best Seller
    2-way near field active monitor
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    $449.00

    $399.00
  5. Focal Solo6 Be - Single, Red

    MFR#: FOPRO-SOLO6BE Best Seller
    Active two-way near-field shielded monitor
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    $1,495.00

    $1,299.00
  6. Focal Twin6 Be - Single, Red

    MFR#: FOPRO-TWIN6BE Best Seller
    Active three-way near-field shielded monitor
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    $1,995.00

    $1,899.00
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  7. Focal CMS 65 - Single

    MFR#: FOPRO-CMS65
    Active two-way near-field shielded cabinet
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    $795.00

    $636.00 (You Save 20%)

  8. Focal Alpha 80 - Single

    MFR#: FOPRO-ALPH80
    2-way near field active monitor
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    $599.00

    $499.00
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  9. Focal Alpha 80 - Single (Demo Deal)

    MFR#: FOPRO-A80
    2-way near field active monitor
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    $549.00

    $470.00 (You Save 15%)

  10. Focal SM9 - Left

    MFR#: FOPRO-SM9L
    Three-way powered monitor - left speaker only
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    $4,295.00

    $3,799.00
  11. Focal CMS 40 - Single

    MFR#: FOPRO-CMS40
    Compact, active two-way near-field shielded monitor
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    $525.00

    $425.00
  12. Focal SM9 - Right

    MFR#: FOPRO-SM9R
    Three-way powered monitor - right speaker only
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    $4,295.00

    $3,799.00
  13. Focal Twin6 Be - Single, Red (Demo Deal)

    MFR#: FOPRO-TWIN6BE
    Active three-way near-field shielded monitor
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    $1,850.00

    $1,579.50 (You Save 15%)

  14. Focal CMS 50 - Single

    MFR#: FOPRO-CMS50
    Active two-way near-field shielded monitor
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    $695.00

    $595.00
  15. Focal Alpha 50 - Single

    MFR#: FOPRO-ALPH50
    2-way near field active monitor
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    $349.00

    $299.00
  16. Focal Sub6 - Single, Red

    MFR#: FOPRO-SUB6
    Active subwoofer with large volume cabinet design, equipped with an 11" woofer and a rear laminar port
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    $1,995.00

    $1,899.00

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Nothing is more important in a recording studio than a proper set of Studio Monitors. Studio monitors come in a variety of configurations with many different options. Active, or powered studio monitors have built in amplifiers, where everything from the power amp to crossover is included inside the speaker, and ready to rock direct from the manufacturer. Passive (unpowered) studio monitors use an external power amp, giving you the option to customize the setup of your monitoring rig.

Studio Monitors come in all shapes and sizes. Large studio monitors such as the Barefoot MicroMain26, Focal Twin6, and ATC SCM45a offer multiple drivers for low and mid frequencies. The size of the woofer determines the range and clarity of bass and lower midrange frequencies. These are very impressive sounding, always a client pleaser, and best suited to be the “mains” in your studio. Smaller Studio Monitors such as Yamaha NS10s or Auratones will usually include a much smaller low-frequency driver, or none at all, and focus more on the mid and high frequencies. Some studio monitors even include onboard DSP for acoustic management.

It is advisable to have a variety of studio monitors. Smaller studio monitors are ideal for getting the consumers perspective, they tend to imitate the sound we are used to hearing in our car, boombox, or computer monitors. Larger Studio Monitors are best for getting a feel for the low end, and airy top of a mix. This is best for translating to a larger hi-fi sound system like festival PA, or club environment.

Adding a subwoofer to any set of studio monitors can help dial in the low-frequencies. The Genelec 7050b, Adam Audio Sub10, or Neumann KH105 are great for any genre of music. With smaller studio monitors that don’t include a low-frequency driver, the sub frequencies can be overlooked, they can really muddy up a mix, and can be overbearing when listening on a larger system. You can add a switch to your system that turns the subwoofer on and off, giving your smaller studio monitors the ability to compete with their larger counterparts.

Be sure to use multiple sets of studio monitors to check mixes, and practice A/B between consumer speakers and professional reference monitors. Pair your studio monitors with a monitor management system such as the Dangerous Music Monitor ST, or the Mackie Big Knob, to make switching between sets of speakers or bypassing subwoofers easy.