The Solo6 Be monitor will surprise you in the very first minutes you spend with it, partly due to its size/extended bass response (40Hz at -3dB).
The 6.5" "W" composite sandwich mid-woofer combines neutrality in the midrange, fullness in the midbass register and bass control. Its compactness and the choice of a large front laminar port guarantee easy integration in studios that need a near field monitor without any acoustic compromise. The user settings on the back of the Solo6 Be, combined with its compactness, make it easy to carry and to adjust according to the acoustics of each studio.
Beryllium inverted dome tweeter
The inverted dome tweeter is a hallmark of Focal. As a result of more than twenty years of development into a tweeter that could produce a high output, but without requiring high energy input and without increasing directivity. The introduction of the pure Beryllium dome, capable of covering 5 full octaves from 1,000 to 40,000Hz constitutes a new decisive advance regarding new audio formats. This tweeter capacity to reproduce high frequencies with unmatched speed and transparency. At first the pure Beryllium tweeter was only available on the very high-end digital speakers of the Focal Professional lines (SM8 & SM11), but is now featured on the new SM6 series, allowing an unprecedented price/performance ratio.
The "W" cone
Focal has been developing the technologies of composite sandwich cones for more than 15 years. The "W" process (Glass/Foam/Glass), used on the SM11, SM8 and SM6 lines, provides a true optimization of the frequency response by fine tuning of mass, rigidity and damping parameters. The balance between these 3 fundamental and often contradictory parameters is at the base of the outstanding sound neutrality of our speakers.
A custom designed amplification stage
Designing an amp to be integrated inside a speaker requires a very different set of rules than for a traditional amp. Speaker size and cooling concerns are often in contradiction with the high quality and high power requirements of a sonically transparent speaker.
Our engineers used the BASH® technology to develop the bass/medium amplification circuit for the SM6 professional line of speakers. This was the only way to exploit the best of class AB style circuits (for exceptional quality) with a class D type yield, which is crucial when housing a 150W RMS circuit in such a small space (300W RMS for the Twin 6 and 350W RMS for the Sub6). A pure class AB circuit is sufficient to power the -less energy demanding- high frequency tweeter, allowing for an extremely wide bandwidth and exceptional accuracy.
Performance Frequency response: 40Hz - 40kHz Maximum SPL: 113dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
Electronic section Inputs
Type / Impedance: Electronically balanced / 10 kOhms
Sensitivity: Adjustable, +4dBu or -10dBV
Bass - Midrange: 150W rms, BASH® technology Treble: 100W rms, class AB
Local supply: 230V (1.6A fuse rating), 115V (3.5A fuse rating)
Connection: IEC inlet and detachable power cord
User controls and indicators
Input sensitivity selection switch
Adjustable tweeter and woofer levels by potentiometers
On/off switch, voltage selector
Light indicator: Power On LED
Transducers Woofer: 6W4370B, 61/2" (16.5cm) Focal "W" composite sandwich cone drivers High frequency: TB871, Focal Beryllium inverted dome tweeter Shielding: Integral through cancellation magnets / cans or by magnet design
Cabinetwork Construction: 71/2" (19mm) MDF panels Finish: Dark red natural veneering side panels, black body Dimensions (HxLxD): 13 x 97/16 x 117/16"(330mm x 240mm x 290mm) Weight: 24.2lb (11kg)
Purchasing Focal Solo6s was by far my best investment to date. I can easily hear level changes of 0.5db- making balancing mixes all the more accurate. The stereo image is wide, deep and gives life to recordings- it feels as if you've got a musician/band performing right in front of you. The most important deciding factor to purchasing these speakers are the beryllium tweeters- the breakup modes for beryllium only occur above the audible spectrum (26KHz and above), whereas most other speaker manufacturers occur at 10KHz. What this means is that I enjoy formidable clarity in the top end. The staff at Studio Economik are super. The salesman Louis Simard was friendly, patient and extremely knowledgeable. He allowed me to try a number of speakers before purchase with no issues whatsoever and gave me several practical tips- it looked to me like the staff really care about their customers, and no other recording store I've visited came close to providing such a service.