Focal to Demonstrate New CMS Audio Monitors at NAB

Compact Powered Monitors Offer Impeccable Sound and Easy Installation for Broadcast and Post-Production

Champlain, NY - April 13, 2009 - Focal Professional announced that they will be demonstrating the CMS (Compact Monitoring System) professional monitoring speakers during the 2009 NAB show in Las Vegas. The new powered audio monitors were developed to solve recurring problems for demanding broadcast and post-production audio professionals. The CMS series is a compact system that combines impeccable sound quality along with easy installation and key features for the audio for visuals studio. The CMS series has two models, the CMS 50 integrates a Focal 5" woofer, and the CMS 65 contains a Focal 6.5" woofer with an extended low-end response, both models utilize a Focal inverted dome tweeter made from aluminum and magnesium. Both models are self-powered and bi-amped, and can also be paired with a CMS subwoofer (set to be released later in 2009). Focal's CMS audio monitors are available now through professional audio dealers throughout the US, Canada and Europe, suggested retail prices are: CMS 50: $650 ea. US; and CMS 65: $950 ea. US.

Simon Côté, from Audio Plus Services, Focal's US and Canadian distributor stated, "The new Focal CMS monitors extend the Focal quality of compact, powered audio monitoring into the broadcast and post-production markets. These new speakers are designed specifically to address the problems and challenges of audio for picture and the kinds of studio setups that require high-quality audio monitoring. By integrating Focal-designed components such as the famous aluminum/magnesium inverted dome tweeter and Polyglass cone woofer, and integrated bi-amped power, the monitors offer engineers a chance to hear exactly what an audio mix sounds like for their visual productions."

As with all Focal monitors, the woofers and tweeters are manufactured by Focal in France to exacting standards and offer a flat response, yet pleasing listening experience for long working sessions. The soundstage is large, deep and detailed, while the overall dynamics offer intelligibility of transients that emphasize the reproduction of the smallest audio detail. The neutrality and tonal balance guarantee an outstanding transfer quality from the sound in the studio to the real world of television audio in the home theater.

Designed to combine performance and compactness, the CMS series offer an acoustically treated die-cast aluminum case for maximum rigidity and damping. The combination of specific aluminum thickness, internal reinforcements and acoustic treatment succeeds in the removal of any "ringing" effect, frequently encountered in other cast-case format monitors. The CMS series are supplied with a frequency-decoupling rubber sole, four rubber spikes, two height-adjustable spikes to be installed in the front or at the rear of the base and two removable grilles to protect the woofer and tweeter.

The "HF Shelving" and "LF Shelving" (high and low frequency) knobs help solve the main acoustic problems of the studio. The "Desktop Notch" correction suppresses the interference reflections generated by the installation of the CMS speakers on a console desktop. Each rotary potentiometer is notched, enabling the user to quickly recall an identical setting for any CMS speakers.

Broadcast and Post-Production Benefits of CMS Audio Monitors

- Compact and sturdy die-cast aluminum cases fit into any studio setup

- Impeccable sound quality and optional sub-woofer for full-range monitoring (Sub-woofer set to be released later in 2009)

- Integrated Bi-amped power for tonal clarity and ease of set-up

- Standard mounting holes for brackets (compatible with K&M(r) and Omnimount(r) kits) offer easy installation anywhere

- Adjustable front spikes for soundstage height control and rubber decoupling table stand for vertical and horizontal setup, both resulting in higher sound quality and accurate listening placement

- Large front port allowing on-wall installation without sound quality loss

- Removable speaker grilles protect woofer and tweeter

- Shielding for placement near video displays

- Custom built Focal aluminum/magnesium inverted dome tweeter and Polyglass cone woofer offer superior frequency response in compact monitor

- High Frequency and Low Frequency shelving knobs, with Desktop Notch setting, to solve many speaker placement studio set up challenges

About Focal-JMlab

Since its foundation, Focal-JMlab has grown to become one of the worlds leading hi-fi and professional loudspeaker companies. Headquartered in Saint- Etienne, France, it is now internationally recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacture of drivers for hi-fi and professional loudspeakers. Focal is also a pre-eminent designer and manufacturer of for car-audio and pro-audio. As a market-leader in France, Focal exports over 70% of its product in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. The company's key strength is its complete integration and quality control of the loudspeaker manufacturing process, from the design of speaker driver units, cabinets and crossovers, to the assembly of the finished product. Focal-JMlab maintains an intense, continual research program and development in speaker driver technologies. Five patents have been registered to Focal since 2003. Focal-JMlab currently employs over 200 people in modern facilities that concentrate production, R&D and management in a single site. In 2006, sales of Focal hi-fi and professional speakers reached over 30 million Euros. Please visit: Focal Professional and Audio Plus Services

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