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Cheese-Eating Speaker Makers!

French firm rolls out small powered monitor system

When thinking of monitor makers, France is usually not the first country to come to mind; Focal Professional hopes to change that.

Starting small, Focal’s CMS 50 is a petite two-way powered analog system. Not surprisingly CMS stands for Compact Monitor Series. The 50 might refer to the 5-inch polyglass cone woofer. The tweeter is a proprietary magnesium/aluminum done.

Less than a foot high, the CMS 50 is actually biamplified, with an 80W amp driving the low end and a 50W amp driving the tweeter. The drivers are magnetically shielded.

Also part of the system are stepped high-pass, low-frequency shelf, notch and high-frequency filters.