PL+S 2017: Focal introduces Shape speakers6 April 2017
After three years research and development at Focal HQ, the JMLab team have announced a new range of active studio monitoring speakers called Shape.
Focal have introduced a newly designed ‘flax sandwich cone’ woofer consisting of a layer of flax fibres between two glass fibre layers. The composition of materials is similar to that of the drivers used in Focal’s SM6 and SM9 ranges.
The Shape models also feature a new M-shape inverted aluminium/magnesium composite tweeter offering a linear frequency response below 6kHz and optimising the crossover with its woofer counterpart. The rigid design is surrounded by specially designed housing to reduce distortion and provide equal horizontal and vertical directivity.
Unlike the majority of Focal’s other nearfield monitors, the Shapes are un-ported, sealed units. The task of maintaining an extended frequency response in such compact speakers has been achieved by introducing dual passive radiators to the side of each model.
Several additional innovations have found their way into the Shape design: a ‘Neutral Inductance Circuit’ (or N.I.C.) reduces the effect of the woofer voice coils on their magnetic field whilst optimising tweeter crossover. Plus, around each of the drivers, Focal have employed a TMD surround system, which optimises harmonic absorption ensuring a piston like action reducing distortion and yielding a greater overall stereo image.
Class AB amps have been specially chosen to ensure optimal control over signal and dynamic range.
The Shape 40 and 50 also include universal threads on their undersides for microphone stand mounting.