Focal Presents Its New Monitoring Speakers Shape

Focal Presents Its New Monitoring Speakers Shape

During our visit to the Musikmesse , we had the opportunity to meet Focal. The French manufacturer took the opportunity to unveil its novelties, and what new! These are indeed three new models of monitoring speakers that will swell its ranks with many interesting features .

This series composed of three monitor speakers is named Shape and adopts the same nomenclature logic as the Alpha series : Shape 40, Shape 50 and Shape 65. Their design and design have nothing to do with the Alpha, since the manufacturer has chosen a totally different approach by focusing on its latest innovations. They are placed just above the Alpha range, and eventually replace the CMS series that will no longer be produced.

Let’s first look at the elements common to all these speakers. In terms of design, each model benefits from a black painted MDF cabinet and a natural walnut veneer on the front and top faces.  Shape speakers are based on 4 adjustable feet in height. They have mounting inserts for wall or ceiling installation. Shapes connect in XLR or RCA and offer many possibilities of control. We find Focal innovations previously reserved for other ranges and types of products . The manufacturer also states that the manufacturing is carried out in France. You can also found the same kind of computer speakers at saim deals.

The first innovation on board is the 25mm aluminum-magnesium “M” inverted dome tweeter . It would offer surgical precision in the treble and especially a directivity even lower than the inverted dome (present on the Alpha, for example) to obtain a wider optimal listening position (45 ° of the listening point on the left). horizontal and vertical axis). Then comes the famous Flax sandwich membrane woofer that promises a precise, detailed and natural rendering of the low-midrange register to that of the high mediums. The TMD suspension, for its part, would achieve a perfectly linear frequency response between 1 and 2 kHz, while significantly reducing the distortion in this area.

The fourth innovation is the NIC (Neutral Inductance Circuit) magnetic circuit . Without going into details – which can also be found on the manufacturer’s website – this technology would increase the stability of the magnetic field thanks to a Faraday ring optimized to minimize harmonic and intermodulation distortion. Finally, Focal replaced the front bass-reflex vent with two passive radiators located on each side of the enclosure. This design would provide more flexibility in the placement of the speaker, especially when near a wall. The very low tuning frequency would make it possible to position the monitors close to a wall.

The Shape 40 is the youngest and most compact of this new range. Unlike Shape 65, it can also be attached to a standard stand and comes with a mounting bracket. The thickness of the box is 12 mm against 15 mm for his big sister; its woofer and passive radiators measure 10 cm. Focal recommends it for rooms of 10 m² minimum with a minimum listening distance of 60 cm.

The Shape 50 is reserved for rooms of 12 m² minimum with a minimum listening distance of 80 cm and can also be placed on a standard foot. The younger has a woofer and passive radiators 13 cm and its cabinet is a bit thicker (15 mm).
The Shape 65 is the most heavily equipped since it benefits from a woofer and 16.5 cm radiators. The manufacturer recommends a listening distance of at least 1 meter for larger parts. Once is not custom, we can feast with the complete list of technical sound information here:

Shape 40

  • Frequency response: 60 to 35 kHz;
  • Maximum SPL level: 102 dB SPL (peak @ 1m);
  • Biamplification class AB: 25 + 25 W;
  • Settings: Full range / 80 Hz low cut filter;
  • Bass level adjustable at 250 Hz (+/- 6 dB);
  • Adjustable midrange / bass level at 160 Hz (Q = 1, +/- 3 dB);
  • Adjustable treble level from 4.5 to 35 kHz (+/- 3 dB).

Shape 50

  • Frequency response: 50 to 35 kHz;
  • Maximum SPL level: 106 dB SPL;
  • Biamplification class AB: 60 + 25 W;
  • Settings: Full range low cut filter adjustable to 45, 60, 90 Hz;
  • Bass level adjustable at 250 Hz (+/- 6 dB);
  • Adjustable midrange / bass level at 160 Hz (Q = 1, +/- 3 dB);
  • Adjustable treble level from 4.5 to 35 kHz (+/- 3 dB).

Shape 65

  • Frequency response: 40 to 35 kHz;
  • Maximum SPL level: 109 dB SPL;
  • Biamplification class AB: 80 + 25 W;
  • Settings: Full range low cut filter adjustable to 45, 60, 90 Hz;
  • Bass level adjustable at 250 Hz (+/- 6 dB);
  • Adjustable midrange / bass level at 160 Hz (Q = 1, +/- 3 dB);
  • Adjustable treble level from 4.5 to 35 kHz (+/- 3 dB);

The Focal Shapes 40, 50 and 65 will be marketed shortly at the respective rates of 399, 549 and 699 € each.