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Focal Professional - CMS 65
4.65 4.65 out of 5, based on 3 Reviews


3rd December 2011

Focal CMS 65 by Razik

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Focal Professional - CMS 65

I bought my Focal CMS 65’s without hearing them first; basing my decision purely on hearsay and forum suggestions on Greaslutz. After 80 hours burn-in time, I found out that my old mixes were sounding very different, these monitors revealed stuff that I wasn’t able to hear on my other monitors. They are flat and transparent -no hype, I can hear each sound separated from another, the mid and the low mids have a wonderful clarity, crisp well defined and balanced with great stereo image. The low frequencies are not boomy but full, accurate, clear and punchy.

The cabinets are built from cast aluminum and impressively solid. On the rear-panel the parametric equalization, high-pass filter, and shelving controls are extensive, allowing you to customize the speaker's acoustic response to match your room environment, any changes are instantly noticeable. I was able to leave them in a flat neutral setting.

The CMS 65’s work well with a wide range of music, from jazz and classical to dance pumping sounds, not to forget that they do translate very well. They do make you work just a bit harder, rather than making your mixes sound great in your room but than you’ll get surprised when played on other systems. The tonal balance is extremely stable, even at very loud volumes, ensuring accurate reproduction when mixing and mastering. I can honestly say that I found nothing about their performance to dislike. I had very high levels of expectation for the CMS65, and I was not disappointed.



Razik Mastering

29th February 2012

Focal CMS 65 by jpoole689

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.25
Focal Professional - CMS 65

I traded up from a pair of Mackie 824's and haven't looked back. They have remarkable low end for such a small speaker, and just keep sounding better as they are breaking in. My mixes translate really well now. I'm not keen on the adjustment dials in the back, I just leave them at the flat / default settings. I had to replace a driver at one point, Focal customer support was terrific.

Best compliment came from an engineer buddy with VERY picky ears and he's going to be getting a pair after listening to mine.

4 weeks ago

Focal CMS 65 by keystation

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Focal Professional - CMS 65

Sadly the Focal CMS 65's are not made anymore. However, I got fortunate to purchase a used pair to replace the Yamaha HS7's I was using.

The CMS 65's are built with non-resonant, cast aluminum cases, which also act as a heat sink for the Class A/B amplifiers. The amps deliver 60w to the highs and 100w to the lows per speaker. These are high quality amps that offer ample power reserves and have crisp impulse response. On the back panel includes 4-bands of room placement EQ adjustments and an adjustment for the type of input signal received. On the front of the speaker is a rubberized volume control, clipping indicator LED, power LED and an on-off switch.

The 6.5" low frequency speaker has a large motor structure, a rubber surround and a glass bead-coated paper cone. The 1" high frequency driver is an inverted dome made of magnesium and aluminum, which is a Focal specialty.

These speakers can be very powerful, but with precise transient response and clear imaging. They also sound just as good mixing at low volumes. Compared to the Yamaha's the Focal's were like removing an imaginary blankets that had been over the old HS7 speakers. The CMS 65's are very clinical and allow me to hear deep into my mixes. They are also very flat in response and do not hype any portion of the music. Overall, the Focal's help me make good, translatable mixes.