This monitoring speaker establishes itself as a reference thanks to the precision of the stereo image, its capacity to reproduce each of the micro details of the audio signal, as well as unconditional respect of the original dynamics.
This particular box, a heavy weight from Focal, serious mixing no compromise approach. Engineers choice if budget allows, in the right room, sterling. Manufactured and shipped from Focal, France.
One of the major SM9 innovations lies in the fact of offering 2 monitoring speakers in only one and unique cabinet. The Focal SM9 is thus composed of 2 monitors: a 3 way monitor and a 2 way monitor.
RARE AND PRECIOUS BERYLLIUM
Due to its incredible rigidity, Beryllium represents the ultimate material for a tweeter dome.
FREQUENCY RESPONSE EXTENDED AT 40KHZ
Focal, after two years of research and development, produced a world first: a pure Beryllium inverted dome, able to cover more than five octaves (1000Hz – 40kHz).
You may ask yourself why do we strive for an extended response at 40kHz, if the human ear can only hear up to 20kHz? If you can extend frequency response, you will improve the perception of transients and other micro details.
As well, the linearity of the speaker’s response curve is mainly a function of three opposite parameters: lightness, rigidity and damping.
INCREDIBLE ACOUSTIC CARACTERISTICS
To this day, only one material permits a joining of these parameters: Beryllium.
For domes with identical masses, Beryllium is seven times more rigid than Titanium or Aluminum, the latter two well known for their rigidity.
This results in a sound wave propagation three times faster than Titanium and two and a half times faster than Aluminum.
In the end, the linearity of the frequency response curve, the acoustic transparency and the impulse response of the Beryllium tweeter are maximized and offer near-perfect sound.
High Wattage in the back end make for superb Transient Response,
Another key point: the SM9 is equipped with a class AB amplifier (100 + 100 + 400W RMS) with very low harmonic distortion, which along with the high frequency response curve, ensure great precision and faithful dynamics of low-level audio signals.
Full range, For Real
One of the SM9’s major innovations and its key strength lies in the combination of two monitoring loudspeakers in one cabinet. This 3-way monitor enables flawless control of the entire audio spectrum (30Hz-40kHz).
The 2-way monitor, with a frequency response ranging from 90Hz to 20kHz, gives you the ability to check the mix transfer quality on devices with a limited bass response. Average Home Television, Vehicle Stereo System to mention a couple of example areas.
|Low Frequency Driver||11" (280mm) Focal "W" Composite Sandwich Cone Piston, Extra-Wide Inverted Surround Radiator|
|Mid Frequency Driver||8" (203mm) Focal "W" Composite Sandwich Cone Driver
6.5" (165mm) Focal "W" Composite Sandwich Cone Driver
|High Frequency Driver||1" (25mm) Pure Beryllium Inverted Dome Tweeter|
|Frequency Response||3-Way: 30Hz - 40kHz ±3dB
2-Way: 90Hz - 20kHz ±3dB
|Amplifier||LF: 400W Class-AB
MF: 100W Class-AB
HF: 100W Class-AB
|Max Input Sound Level (SPL)||3-Way: 116dB
|Connectors||1 x AC Power Input
1 x Electronically-Balanced XLR Input
|Input Sensitivity||+4dBu or -10dBV, Adjustable|
|Input Impedance||10 kOhms|
|Controls||1 x Input Sensitivity Selector
1 x High-Pass Crossover Control
1 x LF Shelving Control
1 x HF Shelving Control
1 x Low EQ Control
1 x Low-Mid EQ Control
1 x Mid EQ Control
1 x Standby/On Switch
1 x Direct Switch
1 x Focus Switch
|Indicators||LEDs for Power, Clip, and Default|
|Cabinet||0.88" (22mm) and 1.2" (30mm) Internally-Braced Panels
Natural Black Veneering on Top and Bottom Panels, Black Body
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||12.8 x 19.6 x 15.6" (320 x 490 x 390mm)|
|Weight||77 lbs (35kg)|