Focal CMS 65 6.5" Powered Studio Monitor

Powered Studio Monitor with 6.5" Polyglass Cone Woofer, 1" Aluminum/Magnesium Inverted-dome Tweeter, and 45Hz-28kHz Frequency Response (each)
Focal CMS 65 6.5
Focal CMS 65 6.5
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Focal CMS 65 6.5" Powered Studio Monitor
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Signature Focal Clarity and Powerful Bass in a Desktop Speaker!

You'll find that the Focal CMS 65 reference monitor is a stand-out performer for home studios and small listening rooms. The CMS 65 brings together Focal's respected technologies - including the inverted-dome tweeter and the Polyglass cone woofer - into a monitor that strikes a perfect balance of size, price, and performance. Anyone at Sweetwater that has tried these in their home studio have had their standards permanently raised. In all, a stable tonal balance across the frequency range - even at high SPLs - with treble definition, midrange clarity, and a 45Hz-28kHz frequency response, all work together to define the CMS 65: a nearfield reference monitor you can trust.

Focal CMS 65 6.5" Nearfield Reference Monitor at a Glance:
  • Premier Focal technologies in a monitor that's perfect for small-room environments
  • 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
Premier Focal technologies in a monitor that's perfect for small-room environments

With the CMS 65 6.5" nearfield monitor, Focal brings their renowned reference technology into a monitor that's perfect for home studios, post-production environments, and radio facilities. In short, the Focal CMS 65 is at home anywhere accuracy is paramount, but size is consideration.

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 65'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 65's entire cone surface. This design inherently offers high efficiency, precision, and energy, all resulting in an extremely precise soundstage. Of course, the CMS 65 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 65, 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. In all, the CMS 65'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 65 cone's mass/rigidity/damping contributes to outstanding linearity of the frequency-response curve, and greatly increases the CMS 65's definition in the midrange.

Focal CMS 65 6.5" Nearfield Reference Monitor Features:
  • 6.5" reference monitor brings leading Focal technologies into a smaller-format design
  • 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 65 6.5" Nearfield Reference Monitor Specifications:
  • Woofer: 6.5" Focal drive unit, Polyglass cone
  • Tweeter: Aluminum/Magnesium inverted-dome Focal tweeter
  • Shielding: Integral by compensation magnet and shielding pot
  • Construction: Reinforced and damped die-cast aluminum cabinet
  • Finish: Black powder coating
  • Frequency response (+/-3dB): 45Hz-28kHz
  • Maximum SPL: 108dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
  • Input: Balanced 20 kOhms/Unbalanced 47 kOhms
  • Connectors: XLR/RCA
  • HF amplifier stage: 60W RMS, Class AB
  • LF amplifier stage: 100W 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/off switch
  • Indicators: Power on/off, Standby on, Audio Clip
  • Dimensions with spikes: 14.1" x 9.5" x 9.1" - (358.5 x 241 x 231mm)
  • Dimensions with table stand: 14.5" x 9.5" x 9.1" - (368.5 x 241 x 231mm)
  • Weight: 23.1 lbs. - (10.5kg)
The Focal CMS 65 6.5" reference monitor brings Focal's accurate sound to any desktop environment!

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Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 6.5"
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 100W
HF Driver Power Amp 60W
Total Power 160W
Frequency Range 45Hz-28kHz (-3 dB)
Maximum Peak SPL 112 dB
Input Types 1 x XLR, 1 x RCA
Enclosure Type Ported
Height 14.1"
Width 9.5"
Depth 9.1"
Weight 23 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number #FOPRO-CMS65 V2

Customer Reviews

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Beautiful Monitors!!!

Excellent stereo image, nice clarity with a pleasant amount of warmth and color that rounds off the edges of its balanced/neutral voicing...I'm not a pro monitor critic; nonetheless, as an enthusiastic musician who trusts their ears before their brains when it comes to sound, these monitors simply sound beautiful! The mid-range definition of the Focal CMS 6.5" is where I feel the monitors really excel. The "muddy" middle is clear as a bell without sounding sterile. For this price point, these monitors seems to be near the head of the class.


I've spent the past few months reading monitor reviews and trying to find the best bang for the buck without compromising excellent sound. I've been able to demo various brands at various price points and was fortunate to be able to demo the cms 65's. These speakers have such great detail and what, to me, feels like a very neutral character. It's hard not to smile when listening to well recorded material through them. That experience alone is worth the 5 stars.

Just Fantastic

I've been using these as my mains in my home studio for about 2.5 years, it's about time I sung their praises. Very natural, open, balanced sound. I mix primarily films, as well as some music, and I find these are great for both applications. The reach on the low end is great, even without the sub, and there is just a ton of clarity in the highs. I bought mine used, and wanted to get the phase plugs - customer service was excellent, and hooked me up immediately without charge.
Music background: Cinema Audio Post

Its officially been 3 months and WOW

Just like the title... it has officially been 3 months since I've had the pleasure of owning these amazing monitors. I've always been an owner of KRK's, Adam's, Tannoy's and anything else my circle of budget musicians have been able to supply. Finally one day I told myself I was going to step up to Focal's; Especially after hearing so many good things about them on and from the Sweetwater Rep. Now my mixes are 95 percent accurate on my first print. I couldn't be happier now having a sound haven I can confide in for the truth when it comes to translation. I mainly work with electronic and experimental music, and I can tell you the bass translation is accurate. Although these speakers are rated to go down to only 45 hz they feel as tho they reach even lower. If you've been making music / working in this field for a while , or you're new to the world of recording.... please do yourself a favor and get a pair of CMS 65's . You'll soon understand why everyone tells you to go Focal. Cheers
Music background: Producer, Mixing Engineer

Why did I waited so long

Wow is right just be frank about it your not such a terrible engineer. So why are you up so late loosing sleep because your mixes don't translate ? Do your self & your spouse a favor, spend the money and buy these, you will say to your self, " it was my daaaammm monitors all along". These tell the truth and nothing but the truth even in a none treated room. Ask Leslie Brathwaite platinum ears about his focals. Thank you Focal can't imagine what the higher price monitor reveals, it's reggae time JA stand up.
Music background: Audio engineer
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