Focal Alpha 80 8" Powered Studio Monitor

Powered 2-way Near/Midfield Studio Reference Monitors with 140W Bi-amplification, 8" Woofer, 1" Tweeter; XLR and RCA Inputs, and Automatic Standby Mode (each)
Focal Alpha 80 8
Focal Alpha 80 8
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Near/Midfield Reference Monitors You Can Trust

With their awesome frequency response and precise imaging, Focal's Alpha 80 two-way active studio monitors are engineered to reproduce your audio signal with unerring accuracy. The sleek design incorporates a 8" woofer and a 1" tweeter biamped with 140 watts. In addition to XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs, the Alpha 80 gives you the energy-saving convenience of Focal's automatic standby mode, which cuts power after 30 minutes of inactivity. Many of the Sales Engineers at Sweetwater rely on Focal monitors to tell them the truth - and you can, too.

Focal Alpha 80 Active Studio Monitor Features at a Glance:
  • 8" polyglass cone woofer; 1" aluminium inverted dome tweeter
  • Class AB amplification: LF stage: 70W, HF stage: 40W
  • Frequency response: 35Hz-22kHz (+/- 3dB)
  • Focal's automatic standby mode cuts power after 30 minutes of inactivity
  • XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs
  • Detachable IEC power cable
Monitor accurately, with the Focal Alpha 80!

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Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 8"
LF Driver Type Cone
HF Driver Size 1"
HF Driver Type Inverted Dome
LF Driver Power Amp 100W
HF Driver Power Amp 40W
Total Power 140W
Frequency Range 35Hz-22kHz (±3 dB)
Maximum Peak SPL 103 dB
Input Types 1 x XLR, 1 x RCA
Enclosure Type Ported
Height 15.6"
Width 11.3"
Depth 13.7"
Weight 28.2 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number #FOPRO-ALPH80

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Better than I had thought they would be.

Its been over a year now since I purchased these on Sweetwater's 0% financing deal. I made the purchase of these Alpha 80's for a long range commitment for my Recording Studio. I've been a recording musician since 1988, so I am coming up on my thirtieth year in the recording arts. Over several years ago, I was interested in the CMS 65's but a little hesitant to spend the price for a pair of them, knowing that they were what I really needed to have in my studio. I tend to spread out my budget over a large range of instruments, so anything representing a breakthrough in value gets my attention. After getting frustrated with the mixes I was doing, I began to realize that I needed to spend the money and update the audio interface and monitors I use. I decided to go with the Focal Alpha 80's and the Focusrite 8preX, and I can vouch that they make a world of difference in my recordings. I've been using the Alpha 80's now for well over a year, they are very user friendly and allow you to listen to your mixes for extended periods of time without the fatigue I would normally get with any of the standard brands I used for years. It really is enjoyable to use these monitors, they make your recordings even more detailed without much effort and with greater ease. That's a win, win deal. Anyone of your family and friends that like your music will come to see your studio and listen to your recordings will be impressed with these monitors in your studio, so if your using just the old standard studio monitors consider making the investment in something more substantial. These are a big step up from budget monitors, well worth the extra money.
Music background: Keyboardist, Guitarist and singer/songwriter

Untrained Ears Beware

Credibility: I've owned HS8's, Rokit 8's, JBL LSR sub and mains, Adam AX8's. Amateur mixer for 10 years. What you should know about why these speakers are different: They are so accurate that I am truly struggle to mix on them. I consider myself an experienced amateur, and having listened to these, I'm questioning everything I've ever heard for the last 10 years. That is a truly perplexing sensation. A little unpleasant at first. It's like I'm not the first neo. Mixability: Expect every previous mix to sound bad, or at least not great on these speakers. That's a blessing and a curse. You'll be remixing a lot, and if you're like me, truly refining your craft as if from square one. Separation: Unbelievable. Pick the frequency band of your focus, and you can hear it perfectly. Bass: It's not an opinion, it's a fact. You don't need a sub. I make EDM, and at moderately loud volumes, these resonate my chest cavity. I'm 5'10'' about 200lbs. I'd say that's enough bass. Highs: They're there, crystal clear. No distortion, no harshness, no dullness. Present, clear, balanced. Mids: Same story as highs. Crystal clear, balanced, represented with spot on accuracy. Phantom Center: It's confusing hearing how clear and dimensional these speakers are. You'll often wonder where the sound is actually happening. Music also feels as if it has height, width, foreground and back ground (depth). The stereo field is perfectly clear 3D and it's yours in which to position any frequency for any voice. I'm a little overwhelmed by this actually. Precision: They will reveal everything. Your EQ's will need to be more precise, your compressor tuned in finer, your balances more precise, your reverbs more precise, your delays more precise. Everything you do, you will be splitting hairs. That's called pro. This is the first time I've owned truly professional mixing speakers, and I didn't spend significantly more than a few other set ups previously owned. Buy these if you're serious about mixing, and ready to spend the extra time a professional would spend.

Focal Alpha 80s...Wow!

I'm truly amazed at the sound from these speakers. From keyboard sounds, recorded tracks,'s all full, clean, punchy, and balanced. They are about half the price of the better Mackie's, Genlecs, etc....and to my ears, sound much better. It's always a personal taste issue with speakers, but if you are wanting something that sounds like the $l,000 each range, but is actually in the $550 each price range...Focal Alpha 80s should definitely be on your radar.


these monitors are awesome i have the yamaha hs8 as well but these focal alpha 80 hold more bottom its like the hs8 on super steroids great monitors thanx to my sales rep Dennis for helping with my purchase!!!

Near/Midfield Reference Monitors You Can Trust For Sure!

As with all monitors, you will need to get used to these speakers' sound in your space with your own preferred music styles. But the Focal Alpha monitors make the task easy by offering a sound that is full, even and rich, with simple and effective tone shaping to get the most out of any space, big or little. They offer Focal quality through and through, at the company's lowest price point yet.
Music background: I juggle Records in the Air

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

The Focal Alpha 80 sounds absolutley amazing! I would put it up against any high-end speaker.
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