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Focal SM9 (single)

3-Way Midfield Active Monitor

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The Focal SM9 three-way powered monitor establishes itself as a reference thanks to the precision of the stereo image, its capacity to reproduce each of the micro details of the audio signal , as well as unconditional respect of the original dynamics.

This monitoring speaker establishes itself as a reference thanks to the precision of the stereo image, its capacity to reproduce each of the micro details of the audio signal, as well as unconditional respect of the original dynamics.

Two monitors in one!

One of the major SM9 innovations lies in the fact of offering 2 monitoring speakers in only one and unique cabinet. The SM9 is thus composed of 2 monitors:

3-way monitor (Beryllium tweeter + 6.5" "W" woofer,+ 8" "W" subwoofer + 11" passive radiator). This monitor offers a frequency response from 30Hz to 40kHz for total control of the audio signal permitting extremely precise work.

2-way monitor (Beryllium tweeter + 6.5" "W" woofer). This monitor offers a frequency response from 90Hz to 40kHz, permitting to check the mix transfer quality on systems with limited frequency response in the bass frequencies for example TV sets, computers, cars, iPod docks or any multimedia system. This monitor also permits to check the midrange register, very hard to equalize and balance in terms of sound level compared to the other information contained in the audio signal. The activation of this monitor is made by setting off the FOCUS mode on the side panel.

Exclusive acoustic technologies

Pure Beryllium inverted dome tweeter
The inverted dome tweeter is a hallmark of Focal. Introduced more than twenty years ago, this tweeter produces a high output, but without requiring high energy input and without increasing directivity. The introduction of the pure Beryllium dome, capable of covering 5 full octaves from 1,000 to 40,000Hz constitutes a new decisive advance regarding new audio formats. This tweeter capacity to reproduce high frequencies with unmatched speed and transparency. This tweeter allows an unprecedented price/performance ratio. To finish with, the new TB872 tweeter delivers outstanding dynamics thanks to its
amazing magnet field (2.1 teslas).

The "W" cone

Focal has been developing the technologies of composite sandwich cones for more than 15 years. The «W» process (Glass/Foam/Glass) provides a true optimization of the frequency response by fine tuning of mass, rigidity and damping parameters. The balance between these 3 fundamental and often contradictory parameters is at the basis of the outstanding sound neutrality of our speakers.

Passive radiator

In order to reproduce the lowest frequency range within a very small volume without any air flow noises, the SM9 is equipped with a no compromise, custom designed "W" passive radiator.

High performance tailor-made amplification

The SM9 uses low distortion class AB power stages for low (400W), mid (100W) and high frequency (100W) channels, entirely respecting the dynamics of the low level audio signal and ensuring total transparency.


Right speaker configuration

Switchable 3-way/2-way active studio monitor

Construction of 0.88" and 1.2" panels with internal braces

High-frequency transducer: TB872, 1" pure Beryllium inverted dome tweeter

Midrange transducer: 6W0452, 6.5" Focal "W" composite sandwich cone driver

Low-frequency transducer: 8W7571, 8" Focal "W" composite sandwich cone driver

Passive radiator: 11WPP52, 11" Focal "W" composite sandwich cone piston, extra wide inverted surround radiator

Treble amplification of 100W (Class AB)

Midrange amplification of 100W (Class AB)

Bass amplification of 400W (Class AB)

3-way mode frequency response of 30Hz-40kHz (+/- 3dB; +/- 1dB from 40Hz-20kHz)

2-way (Focus Mode) mode frequency response of 90Hz-20kHz (+/- 3dB)

3-way mode maximum SPL of 116dB SPL (peak at 1m)

2-way (Focus Mode) mode maximum SPL of 106dB SPL (peak at 1m)

Electronically balanced input impedance

Input impedance of 10k ohms

XLR input connector

Adjustable input sensitivity (+4dBu or -10dBV)

Power supplies: 230V (3.15A fuse) or 115V (6.3A) via IEC inlet connection

Full-range, 45Hz, 60Hz, and 90Hz (-6dB) highpass crossover

Low-frequency shelving configuration of 30Hz-250Hz in 0.5dB steps (up to +/- 3dB)

High-frequency shelving configuration of 4.5kHz-40kHz in 0.5dB steps (up to +/- 3dB)

Low-frequency EQ control of +/-3dB (in 0.5dB steps) at 50Hz (Q factor = 2)

Low mid-frequency EQ control of +/-3dB (in 0.5dB steps) at 160Hz (Q factor = 1)

Mid-frequency EQ control of +/-3dB (in 0.5dB steps) at 1kHz (Q factor = .6)

Direct mode bypasses hardware EQ

Black finish, with natural veneering on top and bottom panels

12.8" x 19.6" x 15.6" dimensions

77 lbs.


Power ConfigurationTri-amped
LF Driver Size8" (Low), 6.5" (Mid)
LF Driver TypeCone
LF Driver MaterialComposite
HF Driver Size1"
HF Driver TypeDome
HF Driver MaterialBeryllium
LF Driver Power Amp400W (Low), 100W (Mid)
HF Driver Power Amp100W
Total Power600W
Frequency Range30Hz-40kHz (±3 dB, 3-way Mode), 90Hz-20kHz (±3 dB, 2-way Mode)
Maximum Peak SPL116 dB (3-way), 106 dB (2-way)
Enclosure TypeSealed
Input Types1 x XLR
Weight77 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number# FOPRO-SM9-Right

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