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Focal Unveils CMS 40 Audio Monitors at NAB

Focal CMS 40

At the 2010 NAB show in Las Vegas, Focal Professional demonstrated its CMS 40 professional monitoring speakers ($465 each MSRP), the latest addition to its award-winning CMS (Compact Monitoring System) line, joining the company’s CMS 50 and CMS 65 speakers, and the active CMS subwoofer. The new CMS 40 is targeted for broadcast and post-production environments and is said to combine sound neutrality, extended bass frequency, high dynamics and absence of distortion at high sound levels.

The CMS 40’s design is said to allow near-field listening from as little as 16 inches without compromising sound neutrality or the delicate mid-bass and bass balance. Its compact size, combined with mounting points at the back and under the monitor, is designed for easy installation, even in the smallest post-production rooms. The CMS 40 can also work as a second pair of monitors to allow engineers to check their mix on a smaller system, or as a compact 5.1 channel surround system.

All technologies and components in Focal monitors are designed by Focal in France, where the company also builds the speakers. The CMS 40 monitor is equipped with the same aluminum/magnesium inverted dome tweeter as the CMS 50 and CMS 65, offering high frequencies to 60 Hz. The 4-inch Polyglass cone woofer extends the frequency response to 28 kHz. The CMS Series cabinet design combines an aluminum case with specific acoustic treatment that Focal says has led to elimination of any “ringing effect,” which is often a problem with metal speaker cabinets. The 25-watt RMS, Class-A/B bi-amped system features adjustments for high and low frequency shelving to account for various types of listening rooms, while front mounted power switch and volume trim help when working in a tight workspace. Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA connectors provide input.

Focal states that the CMS 40 audio monitors are set to be available through professional audio dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada in June 2010. The companion CMS Sub retails for $1,095 U.S.

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