Focal CMS 50 5" Powered Studio Monitor

Powered Studio Monitor with 5" Polyglass Cone Woofer, 1" Aluminum/Magnesium Inverted-dome Tweeter, and 55Hz-28kHz Frequency Response (each)
Focal CMS 50 5
Focal CMS 50 5
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Focal CMS 50 5" Powered Studio Monitor
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Surprising Articulation and Accuracy from a Compact Monitor

While the CMS 50 may be the most compact Focal studio monitor available, you can expect the same outstanding dynamics, treble definition, and precise sound - all Focal signatures. The CMS 50 features Focal's hallmark inverted-dome tweeter, which is noted for its high efficiency, precision, and energy. Couple that with Focal's aluminum/magnesium tweeter alloy and exclusive Polyglass woofer technology, and you've got a 5" reference monitor with surprising clarity, a deep soundstage, and rich-yet-controlled bass. Everyone at Sweetwater that has tried these in their home studio have been astounded at the sound. And with their incredibly neutral 55Hz-28kHz response, the CMS 50 nearfields are ready for critical monitoring tasks.

Focal CMS 50 5" Nearfield Reference Monitor at a Glance:
  • Accurate reference monitoring, in Focal's most compact form
  • Hear the advantages of Focal's inverted-dome tweeter technology
  • Aluminum/magnesium alloy tweeter for precise, analytical sound
  • Focal-exclusive Polyglass cone technology delivers outstanding linearity
Accurate reference monitoring, in Focal's most compact form

When space and size matter, count on Focal's CMS 50 studio monitors to give you the clarity and definition you need. These compact monitors - Focal's most compact, in fact - deliver a remarkable stereo image while offering you a wide sweet spot when working on your productions. The design of the CMS 50 monitors also permits wide placement, without damaging the critical soundstage.

Hear the advantages of Focal's inverted-dome tweeter technology

A Focal hallmark is the inverted-dome tweeter, and it's a big part of the magic behind the CMS 50's amazing performance. The particular advantage of the inverted dome is that it optimizes the mechanical coupling between the voice coil and the dome. As the voice coil is fixed at mid-height on the dome, it can uniformly move the CMS 50's entire cone surface. This design inherently offers high efficiency, precision, and energy, all resulting in an extremely precise soundstage. Of course, the CMS 50 takes advantage of that to full effect, by employing an aluminum/magnesium alloy for the tweeter material.

Aluminum/Magnesium alloy tweeter for precise, analytical sound

By blending aluminum and magnesium for the tweeter, Focal effectively harnessed the benefits of each. With the CMS 50, you can expect great damping qualities, excellent rigidity, and extremely reduced distortion, thanks to the marriage of the two materials. The configuration produces a precise sound - and an extremely deep soundstage. All in all, the CMS 50's treble frequencies are dynamic and detailed. This technology combines perfectly with the Polyglass woofer, for sonic synergy.

Focal-exclusive Polyglass cone technology delivers outstanding linearity

To create their exclusive Polyglass technology, Focal applies molten-glass microballs onto a cellulose pulp cone. This process combines excellent paper damping with glass rigidity - the rigidity index, in fact, exceeds that of a single-skin Kevlar and is almost ten times more rigid than polypropylene. As a result, the CMS 50 cone's mass/rigidity/damping contributes to outstanding linearity of the frequency-response curve and greatly increases the CMS 50's definition in the midrange.

Focal CMS 50 5" Nearfield Reference Monitor Features:
  • 5" reference monitor brings leading Focal technologies into Focal's most compact form
  • Inverted-dome tweeter design offers high efficiency, precision, and energy
  • Aluminum/Magnesium alloy tweeter delivers dynamic and detailed treble frequencies
  • Rigid, Focal-exclusive Polyglass cone technology offers outstanding linearity and definition
Focal CMS 50 5" Nearfield Reference Monitor Specifications:
  • Frequency response (+/-3dB): 55Hz-28kHz
  • Maximum SPL: 105dB SPL (peak at 1m)
  • Input: Balanced 20k ohms/Unbalanced 47k ohms
  • Connector XLR/RCA
  • HF amplifier stage: 50W RMS, Class AB
  • LF amplifier stage: 80W RMS, Class AB
  • Electric supply: Mains voltage: 220-230V (1.6A fuse rating), 120V (3.5A fuse rating), 100V (4A fuse rating), IEC inlet, and detachable power cord
  • Adjustable sensitivity: +4dBu/0/-10dBV
  • Adjustable volume: -66dB/0dB
  • Adjustable highpass filter: full/45/60/90Hz (12dB/oct.)
  • Adjustable LF Shelving: 0/-4/-2/+2dB
  • Adjustable HF Shelving: 0/-4/-2/+2dB
  • Desktop notch (160Hz) adjustable: 0/-2/-4/-6dB
  • Power on/off switch
  • Standby on switch
  • Indicators: Power on/off, standby on, audio clip
  • Woofer: 5" Focal drive unit, Polyglass cone
  • Tweeter: Aluminum/Magnesium inverted-dome Focal tweeter
  • Shielding: Integral by magnet design
  • Construction: Reinforced and damped die-cast aluminum cabinet
  • Finish: Black powder cabinet
  • Dimensions with spikes: 11.4" x 7.5" x 7.9" (298.5 x 190 x 201mm)
  • Dimensions with table stand: 11.8" x 7.5" x 7.9" (299.2 x 190 x 201mm)
  • Net weight: 17 lbs. (7.7kg)
Choose the Focal CMS 50 5" nearfield studio monitors for superb accuracy, in Focal's most compact design!

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Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 5"
LF Driver Type Cone
LF Driver Material Polyglass
HF Driver Size 1"
HF Driver Type Inverted Dome
HF Driver Material Aluminum/Magnesium
LF Driver Power Amp 80W
HF Driver Power Amp 50W
Total Power 130W
Frequency Range 55Hz-28kHz
Maximum Peak SPL 105 dB
Input Types 1 x XLR, 1 x RCA
Enclosure Type Ported
Height 11.375"
Width 7.5"
Depth 7.93"
Weight 17 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number #FOPRO-CMS50 V2

Customer Reviews

4/5
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5/5

Hard to beat without spending $3,000 or more.

I have been looking at the CMS line for a while before I made the purchase. I was look because I don't always feel like I can hear small mix moves in the mid-range as well as I would like on my JBL LSR 4328's. (Not that I don't love my JBL's) I spoke to my Sweetwater rep extensively about the Focal's and other very expensive monitors many of which were wayyyyyy out of my price range for now. But he told me these had the revealing mid clarity I was looking for in spite of their low price. Also, told me these are more revealing than the Focal Alpha series. I also read any reviews I could find on the Focal CMS line to get an idea of what to expect before I pulled the trigger on them. By reading the reviews I realized I then had to look at volume and thought the CMS 40's probably wouldn't be loud enough for my 300 sq. ft. control room. These were the logical choice and were still affordable especially on the 3 month payment plan. I just set them up tonight. So far they sound very good especially for the price point. Build quality is very impressive. They seemed a bit tubby in my room until I used the -4 db cut @ 160 Hz. However, they aren't yet broken in either. Not as much presence and air as I expected but the sound seems accurate. I might use the HF shelf to boost the highs if necessary but I'm trying to run them as flat as possible. They compliment my JBL LSR4328's very nicely (The JBL's are slightly scooped IMHO). When I switch between them at the same volume I hear the loss of the bottom but it's like the mids come into focus better. I'm in about a 4 foot triangle with them but I'd like to be a little closer. They seem a bit better when I lean in to about 3 feet distance. - I just adjusted the HF to +2 and I now get the air and presence I expected. My room is well treated and probably absorbs some of the highs so this makes sense. Wow! I really like they way they sound when I switch between the Focal's and the JBL's. Making the adjustment is very easy on the ears but it's like putting a magnifying glass on the mix when I move to the Focal's. I still love the JBL's for the bottom and the wider placement as they are on the outside but the CMS 50's have a level of clarity in the mids I haven't had in any other monitor. I've been engineering 28 years and have never loved my monitors more. The revealing sound of these monitors probably can't be beat until you spend around $3,000 or more. IMHO.
Music background: Engineer 28 years, Musician 40 years but not as good as I should be.
4.5/5

Satisfied Sweetwater Customer

I was first considering the KRK VXT4, but then after getting some input from Chris at Sweetwater I decided to go with these 5" CMS speakers. Very good for close in, they cover every note and instrument. I would recommend these as they have more power than you will most likely need, unless you intend to crank them up in a concert hall. My original concern was the space of the room 170 sq/ft. So they work great anywhere from 3 to 12 ft for the listener. Front venting was also something needed. The real deal is that the sales people stay in touch and provide answers to any questions.
4/5

1 year in and very happy.

As a pro, I've spent the last seven or so years with Genelecs and Adams doing music, sound design and post production. I chose the CMS 50s for my mains in my home project studio a year or so ago. I have small-ish, but well treated, room, and I think these are great monitors. They're very crisp and clean. One critique - they feel a little brilliant. They're not at all harsh or brittle - but the mid range feels slightly scooped. This is not a problem - I use the shelving switches to adjust them to my tastes. I think they're priced very well for how they perform and I would definitely recommend them at this price range. I am currently using a cheap m-audio sub and will be upgrading to the focal sub soon. I give them a solid 4 / 5, and could possibly go 4.5 / 5.
Music background: Mix Engineer, Sound Designer
1.5/5

Not Built To Last

Decent quality to cost ratio for a speaker of it's size. These particular units have a documented flaw in the HF amp that causes a power transistor to short out and blow the tweeter. Our particular set didn't last more than 3 years of intermittent low/medium volume use before seizing up. Be prepared for a repair that will set you back approximately 50% the cost of the speaker (shipping, tweeter at $75/unit and labor/diagnostic at $175).
Music background: Educator
See also: Powered Monitors, Focal, Focal Active Monitors