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Focal CMS 65 Studio Monitor
Focal CMS 65 Studio Monitor
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Since there's probably no way for many of us to audition these, it would be nice if someone could provide a comparison between these and others like the JBL LSR305/308, the Yamaha HS5/HS8, Audioengine A5+, KRK Rokit series, etc. Just in case anyone out there has had a chance to own or demo these alongside other units.
These used to be Focal's top-of-the-line-until-you-hit-the-really-big-stuff monitors. The next step up were the Solo6's and then the three-ways like the Twin6 and SM series. So these were pretty hardcore speakers (and were priced accordingly at about $800 per speaker). I can't speak to the Audioengine or the JBL's, but they certainly outperformed the KRK's and Yamahas in my experience, particularly in terms of "sweet spot" and midrange detail. They don't have a huge bass presence, so if you're mixing EDM you might need a sub, but their bass extension is pretty flat until it rolls off.
The reason these are dropped down to the $550ish mark is they've been discontinued, replaced by the Focal Shape series (which has a new tweeter and has passive radiators instead of ports for tighter time-domain bass response).
The CMS's are daaaaaamn fine monitors, though.
Hey Lateralus, I've had the fortune to be able to compare the diffrent sets of monitors on your list and can describe the JBLs as great monitors, except their lastest 250 dollar ones whatever their called... Yamaha if its not an NS-10 dont even... just wasting your money. after JBL then i'd put KRK's ive hear the expose's i think their called and the normal rockets which are somewhere just above the HS-5thru whatever. The difference in how a JBL sounds and a focal sounds is totally diffrent. The jbl while not klanky or tinny does have this kind of sound its not harsh but it is fatiguing and the speaker itself "has a sound" thats what i would say. Focals dont have a "sound " to them. What you hear is the music... and thats because the company builds the speakers the cones the boxes the amps for each type of monitor its all designed to work to create the least distortion and the best crossover so that phase or grainyness isnt there. Its akin to pulling as sheet off the music... neither of these speaker would be suggested for mixing edm. And would be better suited to rock country pop pop rock etc.... without a sub that is. Hope that helps
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