A Top-tier Nearfield for Smaller Rooms
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Ultra-precise monitoring is a crucial part of pro-level audio production. Focal’s Solo6 offers exactly that. This 2-way powered studio monitor delivers unprecedented transparency, unrivaled definition, precise dynamics, and a true-to-life soundstage — everything you need to get inside your mix. Solo6 is loaded with Focal’s vaunted beryllium inverted-dome tweeter and composite sandwich “W” cone, plus a large laminar port for distortion-free low-frequency reproduction. You also get a convenient Focus mode, which transforms Solo6 into a 1-way, frequency-limited speaker to ensure that your mixes translate to smaller playback systems. Solo6 features an automatic, defeatable standby mode, low and high shelving, a 160Hz lowpass filter, and inserts for easy wall mounting. If you demand top-of-the-line monitoring for your smaller mix room, then Focal’s Solo6 is an excellent, high-quality solution.
Focus mode: two monitors in one
In order to ensure translation to smaller playback systems, it’s often helpful to use compact, frequency-limited speakers to check our mixes. Thanks to Focal’s convenient Focus mode, Solo6 fulfills this function — it’s effectively two monitors in one. In 2-way mode, this studio monitor boasts a 45Hz–40Hz frequency response via its 6.5-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter. When you switch over to Focus mode, Solo6 exhibits a 110Hz–10kHz frequency response from the woofer alone. Focus mode give you an invaluable real-world reality check without necessitating a second set of studio monitors.
Focal’s beryllium inverted-dome tweeter
A Focal hallmark is the inverted-dome tweeter — and it’s a big part of the magic behind Solo6’s amazing performance. The particular advantage of the inverted dome is that it optimizes the mechanical coupling between the voice coil and the dome. As the voice coil is fixed at mid-height on the dome, it can uniformly move Solo6’s entire cone surface. This design inherently offers high efficiency, precision, and energy, all resulting in an extremely precise soundstage. Add to that the use of beryllium for Solo6’s dome — a material noted for its incredible rigidity — and you’ve got a speaker that can near-linearly span from 45Hz all the way up to 40kHz, above the range of human hearing.
“W” composite sandwich cone and large laminar port
Solo6 takes advantage of Focal’s “W” composite sandwich cone. The unique characteristics of the cone permits optimization of the frequency response curve, thanks to the total control of three key parameters: lightness, rigidity, and damping. Solo6 also employs a large laminar port, which is completely devoid of unwanted port noises and distortion. Here at Sweetwater, we’ve found that Solo6 sounds amazingly transparent, has an excellent phase response, and has an extremely low distortion rate.
Focal Solo6 6.5-inch Powered Studio Monitor Features:
- Hallmark-Focal inverted-dome tweeter for high efficiency, precision, and energy
- Employs a rigid beryllium tweeter to deliver Focal’s best-in-range tweeter performance
- Optimized baffle tweeter provides excellent dispersion control
- “W” composite sandwich cone permits optimization of the frequency response curve
- Frequency-limited Focus mode ensures translation to smaller playback systems
- Large laminar port is completely devoid of unwanted port noises and distortion
- Energy-saving automatic, defeatable standby mode
- Low and high shelving and a 160Hz lowpass filter make customizing the speaker’s sound easy
- Includes inserts for simplified wall mounting
with Joshua Estock
North American Pro Director at Focal
ABOUT FOCAL’S FOCUS MODE
What is Focus mode?
Focus mode is an all-analog, footswitchable mode that allows you to switch from the primary, full-range playback experience to a bandwidth-limited one reminiscent of a “sound cube.” It’s essentially providing two monitoring experiences in one box.
What is Focus mode used for?
This bandwidth-limited mode is a convenient tool for checking the translation of your productions and mixes. The mode’s goal is to provide a real-world example of how mixes may translate in a typical consumer listening environment. It’s a viable replacement for a “sound cube.”
What is Focus mode actually doing?
When Focus mode is engaged, the entire signal is directed to the new 6-1/2-inch “W” Sandwich driver, and the tweeter is disengaged entirely. An additional set of crossovers are then engaged, limiting the playback to 110Hz–10kHz. The new “W” Sandwich driver and its taller voice coil allow the monitor to reach up to 10kHz with ease.
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