Focal SM9 3-way Powered Midfield Monitor (Left Side)

3-/2-way Powered Studio Monitor with 1" Pure Beryllium tweeter (100W), 6.5" "W" Cone Midrange Driver (100W), 8" W Cone Woofer (400W), and Onboard 4-band EQ with High-frequency Crossover Option - Left (each)
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A 3-way Monitor and a 2-way Monitor - in One

The genius behind the Focal SM9 active studio monitor may seem simple; in fact, it is simple, but pure genius nonetheless. Unlike ordinary studio monitors, Focal SM9s are switchable between 3-way and 2-way operating modes, making them invaluable to any discerning mix engineer. First, check out the SM9's 3-way mode. In 3-way mode, you get the full-range benefit of the SM9's 1" pure Beryllium inverted-dome tweeter (capable of accurately producing between 1kHz-40kHz) working in concert with its 6.5" Focal "W" cone midrange and 8" Focal "W" cone low-frequency drivers.

Thanks to its radical closed design, which uses a passive radiator (an 11" Focal "W" composite sandwich cone piston mounted with an extra wide inverted surround radiator) instead of a typical bass port, the SM9 provides tightly focused sound across the complete frequency spectrum. They're capable of bringing out never-before heard details in any mix. How detailed are they? Put mildly, we saw a pair of SM9s in action at their 2010 debut during an AES listening session. During this session, world-renown mastering engineer David Kutch listened as a pair of these monitors played back a popular R&B track that he himself had mastered. Suffice it to say, he was more than a little impressed.

Now, let's flip over to the 2-way mode. When you flip the SM9 into 2-way mode, you still have complete access its entire EQ section, so you don't need to worry about retuning your monitors to accommodate your room. What happens is that the 8" low-frequency driver gets cut out of the mix and the overall frequency response shifts from 30Hz-40kHz to 90Hz-20kHz. This cuts out the deep lows and super-aural harmonic overtones that typical consumer gear can't produce, but it still gives you the tightly focused (or rather, an even more tightly focused) sound you need to critically tweak your mix to ensure that it translates. What that means for you is that when you buy an SM9 studio monitor, you're really getting two ultra-high-end monitors in one. If you're only going to use one pair of studio monitors, you won't go wrong with a couple of Focal SM9s.

Focal SM9 Active 3-/2-way Studio Monitors Features at a Glance:
  • Left 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.
For incredible versatility in a hyper-accurate studio monitor, look no further than the Focal SM9 active 3-/2-way studio monitor!

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Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Tri-amped
LF Driver Size 8" (Low), 6.5" (Mid)
LF Driver Type Cone
LF Driver Material Composite
HF Driver Size 1"
HF Driver Type Dome
HF Driver Material Pure Beryllium
LF Driver Power Amp 400W (LF), 100W (Mid)
HF Driver Power Amp 100W
Total Power 600W
Frequency Range 30Hz-40kHz (±3 dB, 3-way Mode), 90Hz - 20kHz (±3 dB, 2-way Mode)
Maximum Peak SPL 116 dB (3-way Mode), 106 dB (2-way Mode)
Input Types 1 x XLR
Enclosure Type Sealed
Height 19.6"
Width 12.8"
Depth 15.6"
Weight 77 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number #FOPRO-SM9L

Customer Reviews

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Finally. Mix one and done.

I was trying to mix an album from November through February. Time after time, I was frustrated that nothing I mixed would translate to my home stereo or car stereo. I'd get one thing corrected and two others would jump out. Near the end of my patience, I forked out the not-so-small chunk of change for these speakers. I spent last weekend remixing the entire album…voila! The only change I need to make is a creative idea I tried that didn't work...the album finally sounds perfect. Why? Because every nuance of every instrument and every voice and every reverb tail and echo is perfectly discernible. No more mud, no more guessing. I should have purchased these before I even tried to mix the album. Thank you, Nate, for recommending them as the solution to my frustration. You were exactly right. Best I've ever heard, bar none.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Pro Musician, Singer/Songwriter

There is no more hiding!!! The SM9 reveals All.

They are finally here! If you are planning on ordering these monitors please remember to purchase a nice stand for them. The Ultimate Support MS-100 is what I use and they work great. My History includes the Dynaudio BM Series, Event, Adam A5x, A7, and my most recent setup were with the Genelec 8240 DSP. All these monitors are great but there is just something special about Focal's product line. They really shine in revealing the true nature of your mixes. I played a couple of mainstream tunes through them after the break-in period and MY GOD I was amazed. Its almost like that feeling you get when you are with that special someone. The Clarity is TIck Tack ( ON POINT). No wonder why they have been in production for over half a decade and still triumphing. The Monitors become room friendly with the EQ controls on the back. I had to re-evalueate all my reference mixes that I thought were spectacular. The SM9's simply revealed all their flaws. I would have to say this is one of the top monitors I have listened to. The biggest advantage the SM9 has is the accurate extended LOW END it packs due to the passive radiator and the 3-Way Speaker design. There is ABSOLUTELY no need for a SUB as this beast boasts all frequencies between 30Hz-40Khz. Please always listen to any monitor before making a decision for it is all based on the operators preference. -Lapo
Music background: International Producer/Engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Joseph Secu

I'm in love! The Focal SM9 is the speaker I've been dreaming about for quite some time. I finally got a chance to hear it and was blown away. Vocal imaging was crystal clear. Bass was powerful, deep and clean. I can't wait to buy a set for myself.

Stuart Niven

Wow! After spending some good time today listening to the New Focal SM9's, I am astounded. They really do set the new standard for critical reference monitors. Gorgeous, smooth highs and the low end is punchy and "there." If you need clarity, depth, and a "3D look" at what's going on in your mix, I recommend the Focal SM9 solution.
See also: Powered Monitors, Focal, Focal Active Monitors