Anaheim, CA — NAMM — January, 2018 — The French experts in high-fidelity audio products, Focal, expanded its product line at the 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim this week with three new monitoring offerings for audio creatives.
The latest standard bearer of Focal’s Shape professional powered monitor series, the Shape Twin, features two passive radiators, woofers equipped with a new Flax cone, and the latest 'M'-shaped Aluminum/Magnesium inverted dome tweeter. Shape Twin is made in France, just like Shape 40, 50, and 65. Designed to meet the needs of near-field monitoring, 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 rating considering its size. The compact design makes it easy to integrate even into the most cramped room. Finally, its 2.5-way design gives it an advantage when it comes to controlling the bass and lower mid-range registers, which are the hardest to control in small rooms.
The new Shape Twin monitors are expected to be available in April, 2018, at a US street price of $1099 each.
Also revealed at NAMM 2018, the new high-end Clear Professional reference headphones and Listen Professional music production headphones shore up Focal’s impressive .
With the Clear Professional pair, Focal aimed to match the “best monitor speakers in a room with perfect acoustics.” Designed and manufactured in France, they are the company’s first open-back, circumaural professional headphones. The result of research and development that began with the Company’s Elear and Utopia high-end headphones, the goal for these high-end headphones is to become the undisputed leaders for the most demanding audio production professionals. The Clear Professional reference headphones are expected to be available in February, 2018, US street price is $1,699.00.
The Listen Professional music production headphones are packed with Focal expertise. For six years, the French manufacturer’s design knowledge in high-performance transducers has been directed at a new specialty: headphones. Listen Professional over-ear, closed-back headphones confirm Focal’s ambition to establish itself as a leader in the professional headphone market. The Listen Professional headphones are expected to be available in March, 2018, US street price is $299.
For more than 35 years, Focal has been recognized as a leader on the global stage for its high fidelity products. This French company based in Saint-Étienne (Loire department) manufactures speaker drivers, home audio and multimedia loudspeakers, car audio systems, monitoring loudspeakers and audiophile headphones. Some of the company’s loudspeakers and technologies have become world-renowned references in the Hi-Fi industry. All Focal products are designed and developed in France: they benefit from 35 years of innovation in exclusive and patented acoustic technologies. The Company has chosen to continue manufacturing products ‘Made in France’, where the quality and high standards of French workmanship place the brand above its competitors. A market leader in France, Focal exports more than 80% of its production, mainly to Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. In 2011, Focal merged with Naim Audio Limited, the leader of high-end electronics in the U.K. Vervent Audio Group, the resulting holding company, has a turnover of over €85 million.