Focal Twin6 Be Reviews5.0/5.0 based on 20 customer reviews
Recently I became the proud owner of a pair of these speakers. I've owned many sets of speakers and have listened to just about everything out there and nothing really compares to the Twin6Be. It is by far the most musical sounding speaker I've ever heard. The speaker doesn't get in the way of music. The clarity and transparency is like none other. Very crisp top end with lots of detail and no distortion, smooth midrange, and awesome bottom end. If you're looking for perfection in your mix, this is the way to go.
Working here at Sweetwater you get you listen to and use a lot of speakers. We shoot them out, we take them home, we even compare each version of manufacturers' entire lines. I have to say these are the best monitors I have ever heard and I have never heard detail so great in a studio monitor before. It does not matter if you are mixing smokey jazz or electronic metal, these are the speakers that can and will define you as a professional mixing engineer.
from Washington DC
May 14, 2013Music Background:
Producer, Song Writer, Artist
The Best EverI first started out with Rockits... and I know some will say there is no caparison... and you are right... there isn't. But in my mind.. sound is sound, you hear what you hear, but after getting these, I hear differently and I see things differently as well when it comes to mixing.
The Focal Twins make you work harder so you can enjoy the hardwork later.
from Columbia, MD USA
May 8, 2013Music Background:
Mixing Engineer, Musician, Computer Engineer
Excellent MonitorsI agree with the other good reviews. These monitors are great, they will let you listen to the mix clearly. With the Focal Twins I can make better mixing decisions and know when all the instruments/sounds in my mix are working together for the good of the overall mix instead of fighting each other. Buying them was one of the best decisions I've ever made!
from Livingston Manor, NY USA
April 19, 2013Music Background:
Incredible High Audio Quality!!!After buying this monitors I understood that the most important thing in recording studio are monitors! They will help not only to hear the correct recorded sound, but they will help to discover all software and hardware qualities and functionalities beyond expectations! After that the sound engineer will become an expert to choose his plugins, microphons, interface, converters and so on..., because the sound engineer will be able to hear very clearly to all his recording units! I am incredibly happy to have this monitors!!!!
Advantage of this opportunity I would like to express my regards to Mark Magdich who always did his best with very detailed explanations about any software or hardware that I have purchased from Sweetwater!!!
I also want to mention names Eryk Foss and Michael from technical support for their incredible care and help!!!
Thank you again and again for this product and grate service ... ... ...
March 10, 2013Music Background:
from Atlanta, GA
February 28, 2013Music Background:
BEST STUDIO MONITORS EVER!I've professionally mixed records since 1994, working with such artists as Outkast, Mary J. Blige, USHER, Cher, Madonna, TLC, Young Jeezy, Akon, and Michael Jackson. I've tried just about every near/mid field monitor on the market. THESE are stunning! Simply the BEST, period. They seem to sound better every day. My TWIN 6Be's are all I use now. I don't even need to use the Room Loud Speakers to reference anymore. The sound is perfect and smooth across all frequency ranges. I can listen to these for hours without getting fatigued. Best purchase I've ever made.
from Ohio, US
December 19, 2012Music Background:
Musician and Home Studio Owner
Adding another 5 Star ratingI've owned a pair of Twin6 Be monitors now for 10 months ( purchased from Sweetwater). These monitors have been the only thing I've ever grown more and more in love with as time passes. Probably the best purchase decision I've ever made.
So much to be impressed by but the unbelievable clarity just blows me away.. I also use these to play music for enjoyment ( in a nearfield position) and I've never heard anything EVER that sounds better.. where I've owned them or not.
from New Jersey
October 5, 2012Music Background:
Audio Mastering Engineer
Focal Twin6 Be20 hour break in period. I could not believe how these speakers sounded at the 5 hour mark. At the 10 hour mark I started smiling.
Was totally Blown Away after the 20 hour mark. I know its not possible but they appear to just keep sounding better and better. Or is it?
from Columbia, MO
September 12, 2012Music Background:
Singer, songwriter, recording artist, home studio recording & mastering technician
Fantastic monitorsI've had a pair of Focal Twin6 Be monitors in my home studio for several months and love them. They have a massive sound and are great from very low volume to very high volume. After I got to know them I keep the monitor volume at 0 for both hi's & lows, but you can also boost the bass volume by 6dB to give you a really good bass read without a sub. Highly recommended - they are quite large though so make sure you have room for them.
from Orlando, FL
July 3, 2012Music Background:
TrueI've had these monitors now for about 2 years, and am still excited every time I hear them. They are not hi-fi by any means; they won't color your sound or lead you anywhere you shouldn't be...
*As with any monitor, you need to leave them on for a few days to break them in, before going NEAR them with a mix... and even then I can tell you that by now, they def. sound different than when I first got them, but my mixes still translate FLAWLESSLY*
I have the previous generation where all the electronics are on a single board. Now, all the electronics are on separate circuits (which is more convenient if you need to send them in for repairs, have something looked at, etc... I had an unfortunate tumble while moving to a new studio and had to send it in; Sweetwater definitely helped out and had my speaker sounding back to normal in no time!)
Depending on your room and how the bass response is, you may need to flip the speakers. I've been in 3 different rooms, and have needed them right side up, upside down, and 90 degrees standing up.
The mid driver really opens up a whole new spectrum of audio that you've never heard in your songs before.
Thanks to Eric, the day I fired up these monitors was the day my mixes were BETTER.
from Tampa, FL
June 1, 2012Music Background:
Sound Designer / VO talent
WowThese monitors are fantastic! The highs are non-fatiguing to my ears. I almost feel like I'm missing some high end hype (I've been mixing on Blue Sky's for the last 7 years or so which I loved but are definitely brighter than the Focal's). Really enjoying working on these and they looks stunning in the room, too. They are bigger than I imagined and pretty heavy so I had to move my stands to accommodate their much larger footprint. They're expensive but worth it; for as many hours as I spend in the mix position, having a pair of monitors that don't wear my ears out is heavenly.
from Houston, Tx
May 31, 2012Music Background:
Pro Drummer, Project Studio Owner
All Hail the Twin6 Be !!!!It's this simple: If you can NOT hear it... or don't hear it accurately... how can you fix it or make it sound like you want it to ??? How could you mix colors and get the right shade of Blue if your vision is obscured or the lighting is bad ???
A friend brought over his Focal CMS 50's & matching CMS sub to compare & see if the Focal Twin6 Be's & matching sub6 are worth the extra 3 grand. The short answer is: YES !!!!
We looped 1 & 2 bar of sections of many .aiff files over and over (pro-mixes and my mixes) focusing on each area of the frequency range. The CMS 50's are great, but they're in keeping with lots of other stuff out there. Quite literally, on some pro-mixes, a guitar part (for example) would not be heard or would just be an indistinguishable part of the general mix-soup through the CMS 50's... when we switched to the Twin6 Be's whole instruments or freq. ranges would pop out as if someone just un-muted a track.
Our ears are most sensitive in the mids and high mids and that's were these totally beat the competition. Were not talking about - do you or I prefer the character of the high mids on this monitor or that monitor.... you wont even know that you're NOT hearing everything that is there until you buy these.
If you CAN hear what is there and you don't like it... you CAN at least TRY to fix it. When you listen to your old mixes on theses.... you'll immediately have a list of things to correct and you'll know why your mixes didn't always translate.
We can always learn new techniques for getting the sound we want but, you wont know that you need to improve something if you think that it sounds good the way it is.
So it's not a question of should I spend the money or not.... it's a question of do you want to hear what is really there or not. If you do... spend the money.
No one ever spelled this out for me clearly before : Bad (or inaccurate) monitors make our mixes APPEAR to sound better than they really sound. It would seem like bad monitors would make things sound bad, but that's not how it works.
I also auditioned some monitors that cost twice as much or more.... everything (including mediocre mixes) sounded amazing through those as well. That's why the Twin6 Be's are such a gift... If it's good- it sounds good. If it's bad- it sounds bad. Even many pro mixes will actually sound amateurish through these.... but, that's how we really develop our ears.... so we can really distinguish and develop our opinions and skills.
It would be silly to use a calculator that always gave you inaccurate answers. Nor would you go to restaurant or pay for food where they get your order wrong.... every time !!!! Now, I can hear that my other monitors are simply inaccurate.... and that means EVERY TIME I use them.... even though they sound great.... they're just not accurate.
I asked my Sweetwater Salesman (Jason Koons, ext.1389) to look through the computer and tell me how many of the Twin6 Be's have been kept or returned by customers compared to the other $$$ monitors I was looking at.... That alone was shocking and very revealing.
Don't say these are out of your budget.... if your listening room is big enough, just keep saving and buy these... WITH the Sub6.
from United States
March 28, 2012Music Background:
Music Producer, Sound Engineer, Emcee. Been working with people such as: Macy Gray, Curtis Young, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Mac Lucci and a lot of European artists.
FinallyAmazing monitors ! Been thinking for the last months what will be my next investment and now i'm really really happy for this decision ! Chris Ishak really helped me a lot to get this and can't wait to get the Sub also.
I heard a lot of monitors so far, but those put a smile on my face easy. If you're there, reading this, and you're trying to get some high quality monitors, get those ! I listened some old mixes i did and now i hear every mistake i did, can't wait to repair !
from Houston, TX
March 22, 2012Music Background:
Confirmed: "Twin6 Be" are ExcellentI can't add much to what has already been stated in other reviews regarding the quality of sound and accuracy of these monitors. However, I can confirm that the praise is not hyperbole - the Twin6 BE studio monitor is an excellent product.
I can also confirm that a break-in (Focal calls it "running in") period for these speakers is definitely necessary. I didn't believe it at first, but now that these speakers have been in my studio for a few weeks, they definitely perform better.
Also, it is amazing the problems in my signals and in my mixes that these speakers have revealed. I'm saying that if you play something on these speakers and it doesn't sound good, it's because IT DOESN'T SOUND GOOD - and you need to go fix it.
Make sure you have the space for these speakers and that you aren't purchasing speakers that are too big / too much for your studio space. If you have a really small space, maybe consider getting the Focal Solo6 Be.
from Callicoon, NY
January 30, 2012Music Background:
Singer-songwriter, voiceover artist.
I'm in love.Just breaking these guys in, finally...I really can't believe how great these are right out of the box. After the break-in, I'm sure I will simply faint from joy. I have 'em paired-up with a Focal Sub6. The highs sizzle, the lows thump, the mids are sweet. Loud and soft, the imaging is sick. I'm by no means an expert, but...I'm putting on some of my favorite CD's and grinning like a little kid. This is what music is all about.
from San Diego
September 3, 2011Music Background:
Most accurate monitors I've heardNot that I have a wide variety of experience with different brands (only Genelec and Digidesign in the this price range). With that said, no matter what I was working with, I would always dread hearing my mixes on different systems because they would NEVER translate. Problem solved: these speakers translate very well once they're all dialed in. Can't say enough for them, well worth the expense.
I should mention that I did have a problem with one of these and had to have it replaced. When calibrating the system, I found a buzzing sound coming from inside the cabinet (some kind of weird resonance?) when sweeping with a test tone ~ 80-90 Hz. Sweetwater took care of the issue very well... I had a brand new one within days. Moral of the story is, give them a good run through with a test tone first thing. Probably not a bad idea for any expensive new sound system.
from Monterey, CA
August 7, 2011Music Background:
Pro Musician, Sound Engineer
Wonderful SpeakersTotally accurate speakers.
Not too much bass, not too much treble or mids. Very accurate in all ranges. Your mixes will translate well.
I came from NS10's and hs80's where my mixes vocals were always too quiet on other sources (because of the upfront mids in them). These fixed the issue, vocals were much more accurate through these.
These make mixing vocals harder to find the right "position" and place in the mix, which in the end is a really good thing, because when you do, everything sounds perfect.
The high-end treble is really clean and warm, very pleasing to the ear.
June 23, 2011Music Background:
twin be 6these speakers are the most incredible, impressive things I've ever heard. have no fear of putting them in a smaller room, they are deep and rich with detail. listening to previously mastered recordings will blow your mind....you can hear mistakes that even the most respectable mastering engineers have made, as well as all of the detail the way that they intended for you to hear it. you will hear for the first time what all of your effects really sound like, how large your sound stage really is and clearly image directivity of instruments and all their reflections. if you are serious about mixing these speakers are a must have. the cons to these speakers are: very large size, the length of the "burn in" time you must do yourself, the fact that the tweeters are made of beryllium (do the research first before buying) and the fact that there is 0 distortion coming from the speakers as you are monitoring which means that at what you think might be 85 decibels really ends up being 95 or 100. what this means is that you have a greater risk of damaging your hearing....so please be careful with these speakers!
H LEWIS PEARSON
from TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS USA
December 31, 2010Music Background:
RECORDING IN HENDERSONVILLE. MY GOSPEL ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED EARLY 2011
ABSOLUTELY THE BESTI HAVE BEEN RECORDING IN HENDERSONVILLE AT SMS STUDIOS FOR 4 YEARS MAKING ALBUMS. BUT I ALSO HAVE A HOME STUDIO AND TRY TO MIX SOME ON MY OWN. I COULD NEVER GET A GOOD MIX OF MY VOCALS WHEN I TOOK THEM BACK TO HENDERSONVILLE TO TRY TO PATCH ON THE TRACKS THERE. WHEN I BOUGHT THESE JEWELS I COULD HEAR EVERY THING. I COULD HEAR THE MUDDINESS I USE TO THINK WAS GOOD DEPTH AND WAS NOT. THESE LET YOU REALY KNOW WHAT YOUR MIX IS SUPPOSE TO SOUND LIKE. THEY WILL SAVE YOU HEART ACHE AND TIME OF TERRIBLE MIXES WITH CHEAPER MONITORS. I THOUGHT WOW LOOK AT THE STICKER SHOCK PRICES. BUT ONCE I GOT THEM I KNEW. IT WAS LIKE SETTLING DOWN INTO A SAFE COMFORTABLE COUCH WHERE YOU FINALY KNEW YOU WERE WHERE YOU NEEDED TO SAFELY BE WITH YOUR MIXES. I TOOK ONE OF MY TRACKS BACK TO HENDERSON VILLE TO PATCH ON THE TRACKS THERE AND IT IS NOW ONE OF MY BEST SONGS. LET ME TELL YOU THESE ARE THE ONES TO GET. SURE PRICEY BUT THESE ARE REALY REALY WORTH THE PRICE
from NYC, USA
July 14, 2009Music Background:
NiceThe Focal Twin's are great monitors. I cant say my mixes have improved because i was happy with my mixes already, but i find these monitors to be accurate and very detailed. And that is exactly what i was looking for.
However if you do bass-heavy music, i would advise you to get the sub too. There are people who claim you dont need it, but if you work with mostly hiphop like i do, you definitely need the sub.
from Los Angles, CA
November 13, 2009Music Background:
Electronic Music Producer / Engineer
Great Monitors!I was looking for my first real pair of professional-grade studio monitors (adam, genelec, etc) for quite some time after having gone through 3 pairs of cheaper grade monitors over the years and just not getting what I wanted. That was until I went to my friend's studio and heard these bad boys (never heard of Focal before that). The minute I got back from the visit, I started investigating them! It was 2 weeks after I decided that the Focals were for me that Sweetwater became a distributor and the rest is history.
Aside from the blown driver within the first month, which Focal immediately replaced no charge, these have been amazing. The very crisp, but not harsh highs and the defined midrange (especially into the low mids) was exactly what I was looking for. The sub range for dance music is important and I get a decent amount of it from these, but I'm still deciding whether or not to get the Sub6.
I highly recommend you take a listen to the twins, you won't be dissapointed!