The Focal Twin 6 – Stylishly High Performing

The Focal Twin 6
The Focal Twin 6

The Focal Twin 6 studio monitors are a thing of beauty. Not only do they offer an alternative to your run-of-the-mill twin woofer setups, but they also have a sleek exterior with a red wooden texture. The veneered wooden panels offer a vintage yet classy look to the studio monitors.

The dual drivers on the Focal Twin 6 function differently from the usual suspects. One cone driver on the Focal Twin 6 handles the bass and the Mid-range, while the other cone handles bass only. In essence, the Twin 6 active studio monitor boasts a three-way design.

Manufacturer – Focal

 

Specifications

The Focal Twin 6 studio monitors target the music professionals with their outstanding qualities. The monitors are active studio monitors with their performance in nearfield and midfield operations impeccable.

The amplifiers are based on BASH technology hence offering plenty of firepower. The internal amplifiers guarantee around 150W to the cone drivers, which, alongside the 100W tweeter, comes around to a massive 400 Watt system.

The two drivers measure 6.5 inches, offering excellent and well-rounded sound. The drivers are magnetically shielded so that the speakers can be easily placed near CRT monitors without much interference.

The peak SPL of the Focal Twin 6 is 115dB, which is quite respectable for a sound monitor in this price segment. The frequency range of the Twin 6 is also a respectable 40Hz-40kHz. The cabinet that houses the Focal Twins is 9.8 x 19.7 x 13.4 inches and weighs around 14kg.

The rear of the studio monitor contains all the connections required by the user, including the main IEC connector with 115V-230V compatible inlet. The input can be electronically balanced and has a switchable sensitivity of +4dBu.

There is also a switch to handle the two woofers (for controlling which woofer transmits Mids/bass and which one only the bass). Also found on the rear controls are the high and low-frequency contours controlling through potentiometers. The studio monitors thus have more controls than the usual monitors.

 

The Focal Twin 6
The Focal Twin 6 – Image by RPBot from Reddit

 

Review

On the aesthetics front, the Focal Twin 6 is a simple yet exquisite design. The top and bottom panels are made of veneered wood with a red finish offering a somewhat classical look. Besides this, the rear and front-facing panels are black with neat labels and good driver placement.

A well-balanced sound with a smooth and well-extended bass welcomes the user to the monitor’s obvious qualities. The mid-range clarity is also exceptional; thus, delivering a solid punch and a good overall performance.

The Focal Twin 6 provides a range of audio qualities while delivering high-end details in the reproduced sound. It offers the full sound spectrum albeit sounding a tad scratchy. The powerful peak SPL of 115 ensures loudness with room in the amplifiers to accommodate the peaks.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Focal Twin 6 is a well-rounded machine that delivers top-quality sound. It has a well-balanced range and also provides loud sounds if required. The ‘forward sounding’, scratchy sound by tweeter may not appeal to everyone.