Focal CMS 65 60W Negro - Altavoces (Mesa/estante, Universal, Alámbrico, RCA/XLR, 45 - 28000 Hz, Negro)
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- Neutro, dinámico para una óptima reproducción de sonido detallada y
- Deep, grande y preciso sonido
- Numerosos ajustes y accesorios de fijación para acústica y estética integración sin compromiso
- Caja de aluminio tratado con un sonido perfecto acústicamente transparencia
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Altura: 36,9 cm
Ancho: 24,1 cm
Color del producto: Negro
Entrada de CA: Si
Número de altavoces: 1
Número de dispositivos: 1
Peso: 10,5 kg
Potencia estimada RMS: 60 W
Profundidad: 23,1 cm
Rango de frecuencia: 45 - 28000 Hz
Salida de pico de potencia musical (PMPO): 100 W
Sensibilidad: 112 dB
Tamaño de tweeter: 2,5 cm
Tamaño del tweeter: 2,54 cm (1")
Tamaño del woofer: 16,5 cm (6.5")
Tecnología de conectividad: Alámbrico
Tipo de interfaz de bocina: RCA/XLR
Ubicación de bocina: Mesa/estante
Uso recomendado: Universal
Voltaje de entrada: 220 - 230
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Seems like I'm not the only one who had a problem with these. If you feel like rolling the dice on one or more of these going bad within the span of a few months and not being able to properly monitor your work for an unknown period amount of time... sure, get these, and good luck. Otherwise I'd avoid them and get something else.
Me, I just spend a lot of time on the computer and I finally got tired of listening to the el cheapo Harman/Karden HK 195 computer speakers that I've had for the last decade. Along the way, I added a small 5" powered "subwoofer" and tried other computer speakers - including the "top of the line" Logitech Z-5500 (only $258 at the time, lots of bass, but horribly muddy, murky sound), and the Creative Inspire t3200 (not bad sounding, just heavily colored and needing an equalizer to even it out). All of these computer speakers were hampered by a lack of accurate sound reproduction, and the HK 195 was actually the best of them all, but it suffered from a distorted bass.
I thought about getting a set of high quality regular stereo speakers, but that would have meant getting an amplifier to power these speakers and so on. As far as top quality powered speakers that work with computers, there is just not a lot out there besides the low end compatriots of the Logitechs and Creative Labs computer speakers. I wanted more better, and so after more Googling, I found the rarified world of audio engineers and studio monitors.
The audio engineers in the online forums spoke most highly about the Focal Solo6 Be, which is pretty much the state of the art in sound accuracy. The CMS 65 gets good marks also, but isn't quite up to that level. Still, when I compared the two, the CMS 65 seemed to fit my needs much better.
Besides being somewhat less expensive and having a sleek looking heavy black shell of all-aluminum, the CMS 65 has RCA plugs as well as an XLR connector whereas the Solo6Be comes only with XLR connectors (high end computer sound cards generally come with RCA plugs whereas the built-in sound chipset on a computer/laptop almost always output through headphone style stereo jacks - i.e., stereo 1/8" a.k.a. 3.5mm plugs. These plugs need a "Y" RCA adapter). The CMS 65 also has more tweaks and configurations available in the back panel, including a notch filter at 160 Hz, to get rid of that resonance boost which tends to show up from setting speakers on a desktop (I had actually started hearing this resonance with the little subwoofer I was using in my old computer speakers).
Other high end monitors I briefly considered were the Genelec 8040A and the Adams Audio A7X. The Genelec has a rear facing port that makes the sound more dependent on placement relative to walls, while the much less expensive Adams A7X has a more colored audio response that is boosted at both the highs and lows. And there was the Audio Engine A5+ which is a lot less expensive but has only one amplifier for the two speakers, and is not left-right switchable (the directional tweeters are designed to point in only one direction).
Straight out of their boxes, the two CMS 65s sounded awful, to be quite blunt. That was expected from everything I'd read, it was just surprising how bad they sounded brand new. They needed a few days of being played non-stop to loosen up the speaker diaphragms. Once they got warmed up however - wow! The clarity and sharpness of the musical image is incredible. Music with soft, subtle vocals suddenly sound like the musician is right there in your room, singing in front of you. The accuracy of the musical image is startling for people like me who have never heard sound quality on the level of a professional grade studio monitor.
Music that does not have any drums or other low bass percussion instruments - e.g. vocals and guitars - all sound fantastic with these speakers by themselves, but .... if you listen to a wider range of music, ultimately you just can't get away from the fact that the CMS 65s are still missing the very low end bass below 45Hz.
Enter the Rhythmik F12, a powered subwoofer, the product of another Google search, which I added to the system. Musical heaven! (almost).
I selected the Rhythmik F12 (rather than the CMS subwoofer - which has a disappointing low end roll-off of only 30 Hz) based on reviews and data sheets that make clear that this is a terrific powered subwoofer that emphasizes accurate imaging rather than simply cranking out massive quantities of murky low bass rumbling. It has a bass extension down to 10 Hz so you can FEEL the bass rather than just hear it.
I ordered the version of the Rhythmik F12 with the high level amplifier outputs (A370PEQ instead of the standard A370PEQ3) to simplify the crossover connection to the CMS 65s. Set at a crossover of 80 Hz, the F12 takes up the low bass load from the CMS65s, letting them excel in the high bass, midrange and highs. The low bass thumps out amazingly clear with the F12 handling it. Bookshelf size speakers tend to have increasing harmonic distortion at their very low ends, even as they maintain total audio output before the roll-off, and the CMS 65 is no exception from the data that I've seen.
It's a wonderful sound system combination.
Next on the list - a high end sound card! With all this accurate imaging of sound, I can now hear faint whispers of the electrical noise coming out from my computer's built in audio chipset, which sound like crickets chirping, but which I think are the electrical signatures of the hard disc drives doing their read/writes.
I ended up getting the ASUS Essence STX PCI-E sound card. That got rid of the chirping electrical noise, and there are some definite further improvements in sound - very clean, rich, and fuller depth. Installing the card was quite an adventure however, best told in a separate review.
They come with a gel pad that isolates them from your desktop which is nice. I was able to get rid of my Auralex Mopads which were kind of ugly anyway. These babies are really heavy because the cases are solid aluminum and thick metal. I can't rave about these enough. I've had them over a year now and I think that I'll (hopefully) never have to replace my mixing monitors again. The heavy case and front bass port helps so that I can put them pretty close to a wall. The bass is deep enough to mix without a subwoofer. Get these and never regret it! p.s.: They were a hundred more per speaker when I got them and I still have no regrets that I didn't wait.
There are two connectors on the speakers - RCA & XLR. Since my audio card has only 1/4 output I use 5m cables with 1/4 jack (6,5mm) to XLR connectors. The price for these cables was just incredibly low (cca. 10 USD/8 EUR) but the quality is superb. No need to buy expensive "golden" cables like for passive speakers! XLR (balanced) are generally better than RCA (unbalanced), commonly used in professional studios and the length of cable doesn't affect the sound.
If we speak about listening to music, CMS 65 shows you a very different world then average speakers. Listening to known recordings on Focal brings new experience; you can hear what you didn't hear before because it was suppressed or distorted. You can hear pretty "raw" sound the speaker aren't colored. The quality of recording/mix is shown very well. If you have a great recording it will be shining. However, you will immediately see every drop in the quality of the recording/mastering.
Speaker have very good display of HEIGHTS. Nevertheless, I believe that many speakers don't have a problem to display the heights pretty well.
In the MID-RANGE Focal CMS 65 offers in my opinion its biggest strength. I heard that CMS 50 might be even a bit better in this range but I haven't heard them. The mids are purely clear which make them great for listening to classical music. I was amazed when I used equalizer while listening to orchestra. I could hear different instruments just by playing slightly with volume of different frequencies!
STEREO imaging is just amazing (another big strength of these speakers) you can almost hear where the musicians are sitting...
The BASS is clear and speakers can imagine quite low sound, but don't expect anything overwhelming. The bass is rather discreet. However, there is still an option to add a subwoofer (there is also one in the same series). Some people will like this option for sure but I think the subwoofer is meant and necessary especially for CMS 50 & 40. I consider bass being sufficient even if you listen to techno/electronic music like Prodigy (which sounds great on them!!) or a hard techno. Just don't expect to be overflowed and overwhelmed with the bass.
The biggest competitor or at least the most compared speaker to CMS 65 is ADAM A7. I have read many comparisons and CMS 65 almost always won in their price range. That's why I have also chosen them. However, speakers are more expensive then mentioned Adams. In some discussions people compared CMS 65 with higher (and much more expensive) Focal level "Solo6 Be". I haven't heard them but quite many people said that there is not a major difference in sound between them. That's not bad!
Using them all day long doesn't make you a headache as some other speakers do (usually thanks to surplus of bass).
In my opinion you will not regret when you buy CMS 65 which seems to be really fair speakers with pure sound, good enough even for recording studios and making mastering on them. They are often compared with much more expensive speakers.
If you wanted to know more about the speakers go to gearslutz page (gearslutz.com) where experienced and picky audio freaks tell you more about their strength/weaknesses. However, the only complains there were about defective speakers not about quality of sound.
CMS 65 pros and cons:
+ pure sound
+ amazing display of mids where the most of music lies
+ no disto
+ great stereo imaging
+ work great with cheap XLR cables
- some people might need more bass
Here is what Focal says about used technology:
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.
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.
Focal CMS 65