Focal Twin6 Be
The Focal Twin6 Be is a 3-way, 400-watt nearfield monitor with dual 6.5" woofers, and Focal’s proprietary inverted dome Beryllium tweeter with a flat frequency response out to 40kHz, voted Best Studio Monitor All Categories by Future Music Magazine.
Winner of Future Music’s Platinum Award, the Focal Twin6 Be stands out for its precise spatial imaging, high-frequency definition, and a midrange uncluttered by hype. A tri-amplified, dual-woofer design, the Focal Twin6 Be features a custom Beryllium tweeter that is not only responsible for its amazingly accurate transient reproduction, but also its linear high-frequency response out to 40kHz. The wide-bandwidth reproduction of the Twin6 Be reduces phase shift in the audible spectrum, which provides a greater sense of realism and superior definition of instruments and vocals. With dual 150W low-frequency amplifiers and a 100-watt high-frequency amp, the Focal Twin6 Be can function as both a nearfield and midfield monitor, maintaining excellent bass and midrange articulation at very high sound levels—great for engineers who like to mix loud, as well as impressing clients.
Focal Twin6 Be unique features:
- Dual woofers with left/right bass/midrange speaker selector
- Beryllium cone tweeter
- Inverted dome tweeter
- Focal "W" composite sandwich cone speaker
- Custom-designed hybrid Class AB/Class D amplification (BASH® technology)
Focal Twin6 Be key features and tech:
- 3-way, 400W studio monitor; 2x150W RMS bass/midrange, Class AB 100W RMS high-frequency amplifier
- Dual-woofer design provides deep, extended bass response without masking midrange frequencies
- Stable tonal balance at high SPL
- Lightning-fast, transparent high-frequency reproduction
- Ultra-wide frequency 40Hz-40kHz range
- Tweeter and woofer contour controls with -3dB to +6dB adjustment
- Input sensitivity selection switch for –4dBu or –10dBV operation
- Power on/off
- Magnetically shielded
- Electronically balanced XLR input
- Voltage selector for international use
Focal Twin6 Be—Behind the Grille
Rather than forcing a single 6-inch driver to struggle alone with the all-too-critical midrange and low-frequency reproduction prevalent in modern music, the Focal Twin6 Be splits those chores between two 6.5" woofers. One handles the bass from 40Hz to 150Hz, while the other is free to take on the low midrange up to the high mids. The dual-woofer design not only eliminates the need for a subwoofer and LF crossover, it allows a smoother transition from bass to midrange since one driver doesn’t have to struggle with the entire frequency range. This arrangement also results in a bass response that preserves the signal dynamics without any masking effect in the midrange, resulting in a neutral frequency response that enables mix decisions based on what has actually been recorded—in essence, you’re EQing the music, not the speakers.
For additional control of the bass register, there is a fine-tuning control on the rear panel of the Twin6 Be, which enables you to obtain a perfect match with its . . . twin, if you will.
While mostly pictured horizontally, the Twin6 Be can also be vertically oriented to accommodate space requirements of smaller control rooms. There’s also a left/right selector switch, a particularly handy feature, enabling you to select which woofer handles the bass or midrange, making placement easy since you don’t have to worry about which is the “A” and which is the “B” unit.
With the goal in mind of producing a high-output tweeter that wouldn’t narrow directivity and didn’t require a high-energy input, Focal spent more than twenty years in research and development. The result was Focal’s hallmark achievement in tweeter technology; a pure Beryllium dome tweeter capable of covering 5 full octaves from 1kHz to 40kHz.
Being exceptionally strong and lightweight, Beryllium has the capacity to reproduce high frequencies and transients with unparalleled speed and transparency. Also, due to its rapid energy dissipation, beryllium doesn’t continue ringing after being excited by attack information. Beryllium immediately stops resonating after a sound it output, which in turn eliminates any transient smearing. The result is incredibly accurate and detailed spatialization.
Inverted dome tweeter
There are elements of mix processing found in the fine detail work that is difficult to judge, such as reverb tails, dispersion, and diffusion, as well as elements of compression, particularly overall mix compression. Our ability to hear and judge these effects, particularly in context, rests mainly with spatial cues, attack, and transient information—all the domain of the tweeter.
Once Focal engineers settled on Beryllium for the tweeter composition, the next step was to find a way to optimize its response to better enable perception of the aforementioned mix elements. Focal’s innovative inverted dome tweeter was the outcome of that search. It offers unparalleled dynamics, enabling very precise control of compression, while its outstanding spatial precision facilitates the accurate assessment of reverb tails and stereo imaging.
Focal accomplished these amazing results by the mechanical coupling of voice coil and dome. The voice coil is fixed mid-height on the dome and uniformly moves the entire surface of the cone, whereas a traditional positive-going dome is joined at its edge and therefore susceptible to random flexing across the surface. The inverted dome directly radiates into the air with maximum efficiency, which results in an extremely precise soundstage. The dome’s response curve is far more linear than that of any positive dome, thus providing better dispersion and very low directivity.
The “W” composite sandwich cone
Focal’s composite sandwich cone technology has been in development for more than 15 years. The "W" process (Glass/Foam/Glass), used on Focal’s SM11, SM8 and SM6 series, provides a true optimization of the frequency response by fine-tuning mass, rigidity, and damping parameters. The balance between these three fundamental and often contradictory parameters is the foundation of the outstanding neutrality of Focal speakers.
A custom-designed amplification stage
Designing an amp to be integrated inside a speaker cabinet offers the advantages of a shorter path, optimal driver matching, protection circuitry and precision crossovers. However, the amplifier’s power and quality requirements for a sonically transparent monitor can be at odds with speaker size and cooling needs. While Class AB amplifiers offer a combination of high-frequency accuracy found in Class A designs, with the greater efficiency of Class B amps, the power output of Class AB can quickly bottom out when it comes to powering bass and midrange woofers.
Focal engineers used 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.
Speaker switch (Left/Right): This switch lets you select which of the two 6.5" drivers will reproduce the midrange. This control is very useful when it comes to getting the best possible imaging in any cabinet layout.
Input switch: A 2-position switch selects input sensitivity between professional +4dBu and consumer-grade -10dBV sources.
HF contour: This control allows for a continuous adjustment of the high-frequency level; it operates above 5kHz within a ±3dB range.
LF contour: This control allows for a continuous adjustment of low-frequency levels. It operates below 150Hz within a ±6dB range. This adjustment is typically used to deal with excessive LF energy resulting from acoustic coupling with close reflecting surfaces, such as a mixing console or nearby walls.
Power-on indicator: A power-on LED is located on the cabinet front panel, near the Focal logo.
Who’s using Focal Professional monitors
Focal monitors have found a home in music production, video post, and mastering with artists including musician-producer Dweezil Zappa, feature film mixer, Ron Bartlett (Life of Pi, Prometheus, This Means War, We Bought a Zoo, A Good Day to Die Hard), and mix engineer Gary Lux (The Jacksons, Frank Sinatra, Rob Thomas, Janet Jackson, Usher, Sting, Norah Jones, Keith Urban, and Rod Stewart).
The Focal Twin6 Be is the monitor you should have gotten. At least, that’s what you’ll be saying if you pass on Focal’s best-selling Twin6. Order yours today, or contact your PAD Professional for more information.
Focal Twin6 Be specifications:
- Frequency response: 40Hz - 40kHz
- Maximum SPL: 115dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
- Input type/impedance: Electronically balanced / 10k ohms
- Input connector: XLR
- Input sensitivity: Adjustable, +4dBu or -10dBV
- Bass amp: 150W RMS, BASH technology
- Bass/midrange amp: 150W RMS, BASH technology
- Treble amp: 100W RMS, class AB
- Local supply: 230V (2A fuse); 115V (4A fuse)
- Connection: IEC inlet and detachable power cord
User controls and indicators
- Input sensitivity selector
- Midrange driver selector (right/left)
- Adjustable tweeter and woofer levels by potentiometers
- On/off switch, voltage selector
- Light indicator: Power On LED
- Woofer: 2 x 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
- Construction: 3/4" (19mm) MDF panels
- Finish: Dark red natural veneering side panels, black body
- Dimensions (HWD): 9-13/16" x 19-11/16" x 13-3/8"( 250 x 500 x 340 mm)
- Weight: 30.8lb (14kg)