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Alpha 65, Active Monitor from Focal in the Alpha series.


2 user reviews
Prices starting at $399 average price: $399

Focal Alpha 65 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Focal
  • Model:Alpha 65
  • Series:Alpha
  • Category:Active Monitors
  • Added in our database on: 03/12/2014

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Focal Alpha 65 user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 2 reviews )
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rol12312/12/2015

rol123's review"Excellent studio Monitors"

Focal Alpha 65
First, these seem well made, and sounded the best to my ears during auditions when doing a/b with other monitors. I recommend testing speakers with recorded music you know WELL; preferably something that you've heard maybe over and over again on the radio or grew up with or whatever you you feel is a standard as far genre of music you like. Best to use 2-3 different variety of musical styles you know well and like to get a good feel for what the speakers will sound like.

Speakers are like gloves; you have to try them on to know they fit (listen to them for a while in the store)..better yet go to a few different stores and listen to give your ears a break before you know they are the right fit.

I have had these speakers for 6 months, and they have positively improved my mixes. They are not tiring to listen to for extended periods, and are very detailed. They are Focal's smallest speakers in the alpha line. Bass is there and 'tight', but would Not be my first choice mixing for hip-hop / electronica. This was what attracted me to these speakers..excellent bass response without any 'mud'. Mids and highs are exceptional for this price range. Best feature besides the sound quality is the auto turn-on when music is applied and turn-off if there is no music for more than 30 minutes.

These speakers are more expensive that the competition, but worth every penny. Don't skimp on tools of the trade you will use every day.
Best of luck !
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fanzic11/30/2014

fanzic's review"Completely satisfying near-field monitors"

Focal Alpha 65
Features 9/10
This pair of monitoring speakers found their place seamlessly in my home studio's very simple setup: My Imac equipped with an Apogee Duet soundcard and Logic X and Garageband.

I use them as near fields in a small room to listen to different music styles: Pop, rock, funk, blues, reggae, lots of jazz, and some classical music.

I use them regularly every day, but not intensively.

Despite the constraints of placing them back-to-back with the wall, which wouldn't be approved by a purist, I was looking for gear that wasn't too influenced by such constraints, I think this speakers are very well adapted to my context because they do their job perfectly, even at high listening volumes.

Sound 9/10
I think the reproduction is neutral and the sound excellent at low levels, but they can also handle high levels without a sweat, although, personally, I prefer "decent" levels for my daily use.

I really love the sound of these "Alpha 65" speakers, I thinks it's reliable and pleasant enough to my ears, the stereo image is respected.

I'm a music lover but consider myself an amateur, that's why I said I use them regularly, not intensively. I think the sound of these speakers is very good, even excellent considering their price and performance.

Overall opinion 9/10
I was seduced by the Focal CMS with their more silky side, a very nice smoothness... But my wallet preferred the "Alpha" range, which is more affordable. The investment isn't justified for my use.

I also compared them to the Yamaha HS-8, which are rather convincing, but the sound of the Focals pleased me more... That may have prompted me to consider choosing the Alpha 65 model rather than the 50. The latter are compact and precise but seem a bit weaker, the lows seem to be handled better by the 65s, they seem to "breathe" more.

As for the 80s, which I tested next, you really need to crank them up and pump up the lows to notice any difference.

In short, I think the Focal Alpha 65s are more homogeneous and better suited for my personal use.. I strongly recommend you to listen to these Alpha 65 before making a choice, nothing will replace your own ears to make up your own opinion...

After several weeks of use, I am currently really satisfied and happy with them!
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nofuturenocore07/29/2014

nofuturenocore's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Congratulations and thanks for Focal price / quality ratio."

Focal Alpha 65
Above all I want to say that I just unpack pregnant after completely redo all my home studio A to Z, there are currently no furniture in the room is square outside the office so acoustics room is not great at the moment.

What characteristics have motivated your choice?

- The frequency range announced
- The brand
- The price
- Design

For what purpose?

- Sound design analog (modular synth etc.).
- Mix / Mastering digital
- Recreational Listen

What amp / What configuration? ...

- Used with a MOTU Microbook II card (do not buy ...)
- TRS-XLR Cables Cordial
- DAW (Ableton Live)



SOUNDS

The frequency curve is sufficiently neutral?

- Compared to my KRK Rokit RP6 G2, there is no photo, much more neutral-it seems to me (I did not have A / B because I sold the KRK before you purchase them but I do not think it's just a feeling, the sound is very clear, less aggressive in the treble, less drafts in the lower)

The stereo image is good?

- Having a currently empty acoustically untreated room I know I commented on this, but everything seems correct.

The sound is clear and precise on the spectrum?

- Highly accurate, the Sub are much sharper than my KRK (which had too many sub to my taste, not in the good sense) but much weaker, less bumps in the bass, mid-bass.

The dynamics are respected? ...

It looks ok at this level.

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you use it?

- It's two weeks they are in another room without being lit because of complete renovation of the room in which I stayed and practice.
They are connected for 2 hours, have suffered one hour pink noise and 1 hour of music Bass / Transient oriented.


What is the particular feature you like best and least?

I was surprised by the color I thought they were gray and black they are made. The design is very simple and goes wonderfully with the new home studio (all white / black / gray). I love the design, very clean, much less "toy" that KRK for my taste.

I have not yet found any defects, the high / low shelve are currently set to 0 dB until the room are finished and assembled furniture.
This feature seems to be very interesting for home-studio owner who does not have a part with a ratio of 1.618 or room acoustically treated by a professional. More professional may find it useful to be able to fit these settings according to his hearing and his way of working.
So a very good point to make settings directly on each speaker based on the placement of each in relation to the walls / corners.


Have you tried many other models before buying it?

I have used many models of speakers not "prosumer" before my KRK and KRK was my first studio monitor said that I enjoyed very much for Traktor Mix in a little less for the Mix / Master of my productions but they were still very enjoyable to listen to as well what the hunchback in the low / medium-low and some problems in the high frequencies too aggressive to my taste.
So these are my second pair of monitor prosumer and I am very happy for the moment it will still have forty minutes to reach stabilized transducer and the cruising level of these monitors.

How would you rate the quality / price? With experience, you do again this choice? ...

Good value for money, in my opinion go for the highest in quality is useless in a non-adapted room (length width ratio, acoustic treatment, isolation from outside noise) so I highly recommend this product for people looking for a quality product their home studio in a profesional studio I think these speakers can make happy all the people who do not have the utility spent 5000 -. for a pair of higher-end monitor.

I remake that choice without hesitate, did not have monitors for 15 days after selling my KRK (delivery of the first batch in Switzerland) + 15 days of renovation that followed has bothered me because I am a addicted to music but I do not regret this choice in any case.


The final word:

I had never tested professional equipment at Focal and I am very happy with this brand, whether the main characteristics (sound ....) or any design is really ends. Having had the opportunity to test one of their headphone class consumer (Focal Spirit One) I was not convinced, too high frequencies for my taste although quite light for a headphone of this price, but that the level is clearly different.

Congratulations and Thanks for Focal managed to reconcile an affordable price and very good quality of reproduction.

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Focal Alpha 65 news

[Musikmesse][VIDEO] New Focal Alpha monitors

[Musikmesse][VIDEO] New Focal Alpha monitors

Published on 03/12/14
Focal is attending Musikmesse 2014 until Saturday where they are introducing the new Alpha Series, with three active near-field monitors.

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