Focal Shape Twin Active Nearfield Studio Monitor (Single)
2.5-way Active Studio Monitor with Dual 5" Flax Cone Woofer, M-shaped Aluminum-magnesium Inverted-dome Tweeter, and Dual Passive Radiators
The Focal Shape Twin is a 2.5-way active nearfield studio monitor, that is the flagship of the Focal Shape line. Shape Twin features astonishingly extended low end frequency response thanks in part to its dual 5" Flax cone woofers and dual passive radiator design. The 1" (25mm) 'M'-shaped Aluminum/Magnesium inverted dome tweeter gives Shape Twin incredible high frequency resolution, a wider sweet spot and reduced distortion.
Shape Twin is made in France, just like Shape 40, 50 and 65. These monitors combine an ingenuous design and numerous settings optimized for the acoustics of small listening rooms. Shape Twin stands out through its excellent rendering over the whole audio spectrum, its broad frequency response in the low end, and its high SPL considering its size. The compact design makes it easy to integrate even into the most cramped of rooms. Finally, its 2.5-way design gives it a real advantage when it comes to controlling the bass and lower mid-range registers which are the hardest to control in small rooms. Although it’s dedicated to near-field monitoring, this monitor enables extraordinary monitoring quality, in the lowest to the highest frequencies. Simply a must, this monitor will express its full potential from a listening distance of three feet away (1 meter).
Shape Twin’s innovations present a remarkable tonal balance, with very wide and precise stereo imaging. The low frequencies are well defined as well as controlled. The low-mid and mid ranges provide a true neutral sound.
Focal Shape Twin Key Features:
- Tweeter with very low directivity for a flexible sweet spot
- Designed without a port (double passive radiator) allowing it to be placed near a wall
- 2.5 channels to provide optimal control of bass and low mid-range registers
- Numerous settings for optimal integration
- Accurate control, even in the very high frequencies
- Flax sandwich cone: controlled and articulated bass, natural and detailed lower mid-range and upper mid-range registers
- Fastening mechanisms for mounting to the ceiling or a wall (fastening accessories not supplied)
'M'-shaped aluminum/magnesium inverted dome tweeter
Aluminum has the advantage of having very high rigidity, whereas the combination of addition of magnesium increases the damping of the dome. At the same time, the 'M' shape of the inverted dome has two major advantages. Its directivity is even less that of the inverted dome tweeter, allowing for more flexibility in terms of listening position. Mechanically speaking, the 'M' shape gives the dome much more rigidity, while reducing distortion even more. The Poron® suspension provides a more linear frequency response curve below 6kHz, improving crossover with the woofer. The magnetic component has also been optimized thanks to a voice coil with a Kapton® frame which significantly reduces the Foucault current, and consequently, distortion. Finally, the horn housing the tweeter has been designed to provide equal horizontal and vertical directivity.
5" Flax sandwich cone
Developing speaker driver cone technologies is part of Focal’s core expertise. The Flax sandwich cones used for the woofers on Shape loudspeakers are composed of two materials: glass fibres and flax fibres. A layer of flax fibres is sandwiched between two layers of glass fibres. Glass fibre cones were also used on the 'W' composite sandwich cone of the SM6 and SM9 series, and are revered for their high rigidity considering their light weight.
Dual Passive Radiator
The dual passive radiator on Shape studio monitors solves a common issue encountered with nearfield monitors: to combine a compact design with extended low end frequency response.
Traditionally with dual passive radiators, rocking modes can occur depending on the frequency and the volume. In order to compensate for this phenomenon, two U-shaped surrounds positioned opposite each other join the passive disk to the basket, ensuring perfect symmetry during excursion and incursion. Finally, the very low tuning frequency allows the monitors to be placed very close to a wall.
Who’s using Focal Professional Monitors:
Numerous professionals are using Focal monitors for music production, video post, and mastering. Among them are RSPE friends including, musician-producer Dweezil Zappa; renowned Hollywood sound-recording mixer Ron Bartlett (A Good Day to Die Hard, Life of Pi, Prometheus, This Means War, We Bought a Zoo, Pearl Jam Twenty, and many more), and premier Hollywood mixer, Gary Lux (The Jacksons, Frank Sinatra, Rob Thomas, Janet Jackson, Usher, Sting, Norah Jones, Keith Urban, and Rod Stewart).
About Focal Professional
Since 1979, Focal-JMlab has been a world leader in high-end acoustic loudspeakers. While maintaining production in France for over 30 years, Focal has never deviated from its core values of innovation, tradition, and designs reflecting “luxury "à la française.” Focal strives to be the world's best in everything they create, and their award-winning lines of professional studio monitors reflect that philosophy. “Focal: The Spirit of Sound.”
The Focal Shape Twin combines several patented Focal technologies into a compact nearfield monitor with incredible performance. For more information, call or chat with an RSPE representative today.