Focal CMS 50
Focal CMS 50

CMS 50, Active Monitor from Focal in the CMS series.

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All user reviews of 5/5 for the Focal CMS 50

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Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 16 reviews )
 14 reviews88 %
 2 reviews13 %
Value For Money : Excellent

SkymanBeatz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Focal CMS 50
What characteristics have motivated your choice?

I tasted the SM9 studio, but being out of budget I pulled on the CMS series with the board and after listening to some colleagues in the middle.

For what purpose? What amp / What configuration?

I use mainly for mixing in a more than acceptable sound. My board is envion 14m2. These are my main monitors.


The frequency curve is sufficiently neutral?

I was very neutral before the Dynaudio BM 5A MKII This is far better over neutrality and depth.

The sound is clear and precise on the spectrum?

Very neutral nothing to add. Obviously the SM6 / SM9 series is even better but this is another budget.

The stereo image is good?

At first it is destabilizing because the stereo width is amazing. After running it is beautiful.

The dynamics are respected?

Do not be fooled by their size, they monitor have considerable dynamic!


How long have you use it?

I know for 1year, I finally cracked by buying my pair there a few days.

Have you tried many other models before buying it?

The SM9 series SM6 with twin Solo 6 My Dynaudio BM 5A MKII, of Adam A77X, Genelec 8040 .... ect ...

What is the particular feature you like best and least?

Pros: The sound!! But also affordable compared to the quality of the proposed whether audible or physical product.

Cons: Do not have tried earlier lol! Seriously I blame their weight which is quite impressive compared to their size.

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

the ratio Q / P is quite reasonable especially for the made in France. If it were to be remade? Yes eyes closed

NB: Note that it is important to monitor these lapping at the beginning because their sound is very disturbing limit disturbing.


Ubhk's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very satisfied!"

Focal CMS 50
+ For what purpose?
Purchased for computer music & mixing


+ The frequency curve is sufficiently neutral?
For me yes. I use it in an untreated room, but the sound correct.

+ The stereo image is good?
Very good

+ The sound is clear and precise on the spectrum?
Very! They do not go down very low, but it does not bother me, and yet I make electronic music! Good headphones for working the low end and presto!

+ The dynamics are respected?
Yes. They respect all styles of music, even the most demanding (classical, jazz ...)


+ How long have you use it?
Since about 7 months

+ What is the particular feature you like best and least?
The sound quality of course, we have the pleasure to work with and listen

+ Have you tried many other models before buying it?
Krk RP6. Incomparable!

+ How do you rate the quality / price?
Expensive for an amateur, but when we hear one knows where the money went ...

+ With experience, you do again this choice?
Yeah, or to a higher range!

I do not put 10 overall opinion as higher ranges above them ... but I love them!

Nicolas_ALESIA's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Focal CMS 50
I bought my home listening to CMS50 studio near
I made the competitors in the same price range (Dynaudio, Genelec, Krk)
quality is clearly audible focal


This is where the magic happens, these little critters are quite surgical, the overall sound is defined, the default appear obvious.
strong point? mediums that are of breathtaking clarity, rendering stamps and contents and really amazing
the weak point is low, in fact, there's more from 45kz person, the defect can be closed with the addition of a sub, but hey, it is true that a little more precision the bottom was not a luxury


I tested a lot of listening, because I used to go to studios studios
I worked on a lot of different brands and models, I love the sound and the focal CMS50
I make good, sound is good it seems clear, I would say that the curve is fairly linear

yes I remake this choice, or I will opt for a model like the above example line6
Maître Ïng07/22/2012

Maître Ïng's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Class"

Focal CMS 50
What characteristics have motivated your choice?
Small footprint.
I bought the bag that goes well with Focal.
I wanted a pair of portable monitor to go from making sounds or live in musicians.

For what purpose?
Sound recording, mixing and mastering eventually.

What amp / What configuration?
No sub for now.


The frequency curve is sufficiently neutral?
Ben for my taste, yes.

The stereo is good?
It is very surprising compared to the speakers I had before. The image is so large (always compared to my old speakers) it took me a while to learn how to place instruments in the mix.

The sound is clear and precise across the spectrum?
I did not make a precise analysis, but all I can say is that since I've taken with them and most of the mixes, I do not have any surprises on passing of Other system.
Before I had to extrapolate the result by thinking what would happen on a particular type of listening.
is the WIHIWIG (What I hear is what I get) sound.
The zikos with whom I work are taken as they listen to will sound in the end.
I re-listened to my albums reference on these speakers and I realized they were not all as clean as I thought, because they show me all the kinks taken.


How long you use it?
7 months

Did you tried many other models before buying it?
I had Behringer 3031, and Genelec 8020, and there's no picture I find the Focals though less flattering and more realistic.

What is so special that you love the most, least?
+ Sound analytical
+ Mute and volume in front
+ Decoupling and the sole of the adjustable feet
- Small rotary switches on the back (low cut etc ...) that require a precision screwdriver to adjust.

How would you rate the quality / price?
Very good, considering the time it saves me.

With experience, you do again this choice?
YES! but I think that if I have more budget I'll go to the more upscale at Focal ...

audiotrip's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My best investment"

Focal CMS 50
Amateur home studio, mix for 8 years on Edirol MA-10D.
4 years since I moved into a house where I come from me finish up a room dedicated to music, which she was a bit on standby.
I dreamed of real monitors for a while but to pay the house, work, kids, life, and then the price not to mention that I did not "need" per se ...
This year I celebrated my 40th birthday and I took the opportunity to put them on my wish list and I got them!


In a room of 37m ² without treatment, it already sounds of thunder.
I rediscovered all the mixes in great detail, it is impressive.
The example of Dark side of the moon for me Floyd was a real first listen, including The Great Gig In The Sky.
No ear fatigue even after many hours sometimes at high volume when the sound is clear and without any signs of saturation.
This surgery is almost never be cold and I did not notice any exaggeration in the ear of frequency.


I have tried many other models in this price range but this time it was love at heart ...
The nickel finish, the many settings in the rear vents on the front, the switch and the volume at the front and finally their sound make it an excellent choice.
They richly deserve the good press that they did.
I like the idea of ​​being able to add them later the box associated CMS Sub but for now I have no need.
They send the wood as the kids would say and as I like to say since I'm the zik is the best thing I bought.
Amazing Mr Croche06/27/2012

Amazing Mr Croche's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Focal CMS 50
Speaker pro active 2-way near
- 1 hp / midrange Focal 5 inch (13cm) membrane "polyglass", by drying a large section laminar port
- 2 inverted dome tweeter with aluminum / magnesium.
- Connect RCA or XLR
- 5 switches to manage certain frequencies.

I use them with a sound card of MK893 MOTU preamp and a SPL. Sounds!


Enclosure near neutral ... lack of bass can be seen but it seems normal configuration. Acute nikel not screaming, no frequency is emphasized. Stereo image intact. Its also clear that strong low-level and this is very significant (it is not obliged to destroy the ears nice)


I use them for some months and after running a few and mix the record is quite impressive. Home studio to work is more than enough if they have other stereo pairs to compare.
For the pair that made a nice little ticket (about € 850), the price / quality ratio is therefore very good when you know the price of some speakers, which is more passive!
I go back without a problem.

WuD's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Pure pleasure for the ears"

Focal CMS 50
The reputation of focal length, the fact that they realize their pregnant A to Z, all accessories included (sole decoupling, grids) and settings back type CMS.
I use it in a home studio to produce particular progressive house, however I like to use acoustic instruments so I needed a versatile speaker that I can equalize a schedule as a bass violin.
I also serve as recreational listening to all kinds of music ...


For me the real questions are:
- Is it fun to work with these speakers?
the answer is yes! treble sound really natural (not aggressive) and the sound is very detailed! listen to acoustic instruments like synths is an incredible happiness, not to mention the voice!
Besides these speakers are proving especially when listening to singing.
After when I listen to music, I have the strong impression that no frequency is set at the front, the frequency balance of me looks terrible.
- The mix is ​​made on these speakers carry well?
Here too the answer is yes! no surprise when you listen to his productions on other forums, and that's the goal. Those who make electronic music will be particularly interested in the bass, these speakers do not touch the registrent sub (20-60Hz), but are very accurate for very low (80-150Hz) and above. So you can program without difficulty and low kick, he'll just have another system to control the amount of sub. Basically, the fact that they are accurate low level, you can work quality, and with headphones or habit you can do it for the amount.
All these comments are put in the following context:
- My room is treated (with 10m2 100x50x12cm 8 panel foam Basotect melamine-)
- My sound card is an Apogee Duet 2 '
- My speaker stands are 'Zaor Monitor Stand', they are extremely stable (unlike my elders who could swing a minute if it touched the walls, this model is also very common in home -studio because it is the cheapest model of a famous German site:-D )
Note: all that was written here applies to the speakers in their treated part, however I wanted to add that the use of IK Multimedia ARC System can be even more the level of detail that can reach this place (especially by correcting bumps).


I use it since July 2011 and I am fully satisfied. Making electronic music, I was afraid for bass but overall the quality was, after the habit and my M-Audio IE-ear-40 allowed me to adjust myself over quantity. Anyway since the response of most parts at low frequencies is generally catastrophic and costly treatment, the extension of the response in the low (as in the CMS-65) will add too the price for utility that would have (only my opinion). With 50, you only pay the frequencies can be used!
Before these speakers, I had 3 years of Event ALP 5 that I found already excellent, and comparing Focal with recent strengthened me greatly in my choice of Focal are several notches above.
After speaking of his characteristics and that motivated my choice, I must say that a feature I like is substentielement aesthetics, these speakers are great!
So my conclusions:
- Quality / price ratio: I really do not feel like spending too much for these speakers, but then really not!
- I would do this choice with the same budget (and even with a little more), of course, yes!
as de spoke02/22/2012

as de spoke's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent!"

Focal CMS 50
A professional advised me to these speakers.
I use them for computer music and also for listening to music.
They are bulky and have little screw to adjust the tilt, and a rubber backing.
They are connected to the soundcard.


I am not so "advanced" to judge the sound, but the speaker has settings to compensate for acoustic defects.
My impression is that they are neutral, that the dynamics is respected, that the stereo is good and the sound is clear and precise.


This is my first studio monitors, I own them for a year.
I rediscovered my discography with these plays neutral.
A little more is the sleep front.
In my opinion, these are professional stereo loudspeakers.

Jérôme.G's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Completely satisfied"

Focal CMS 50




I received it a few months ago and after a little time to get used to it, I found myself complete with its speakers. Before, I had the Tannoy Reveal Active, and I was moderately satisfied, it annoyed me, the bottom was not accurate and I had to concentrate more than reason to mix. Today, the Focals deliver a precise sound, balanced and not aggressive. I can focus on music, Death Metal style in my case, and nothing but the music. And for the bass, I control the headphones and everything works.
Their size is perfect for me given my environment, and what I produce and after listen to on other systems I take comfort in this choice of speakers.
I found the quality / price excellent and with experience, I would repeat the same choice.

ren07's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" heavy ... but in lace"

Focal CMS 50
Focal quality is well established, although there were leaders in Hi-Fi, the monitoring result is simply spectacular.
Furthermore it is not being chauvinistic but its French so on the and customer service and product tracking side it is more comfortable and reassuring.

I own a Fostex PM1 that has served me well for several years, but now I work in finer style than when I was working on PM1 (a hardcore / hard techno style).
My productions are rather oriented more toward electro music but also some hip-hop/abstract tracks.

That said, for versatile work they are completely fitting.
I work with Cubase and Live, with a synth in hardware and a "small" Uc RME .... 


For neutrality, I say YES
when I tested them in the store, they seemed small and desperately poor in low frequencies (notably below 50Htz)

But once installed in my small studio, they are perfect, and in terms of stereo image they are really amazing: it surgical

The clarity is stunning, but it's true that I do not own a whole bunch of nonplus monitors to compare .... but still, I think they are well above the lot.

The dynamics seem to be correct given their size.

Their strong point is in medium


Since 2 months

Apart from the Fostex PM1, I tried Yamaha and Adam but not really satisfied

The weak point is obviously the low frequencies, even if they are made correctly, to Drum & Bass styles the purchase of a Sub seems essential .... if not, then for rock and even techno as well because it passes ... little we have is extremely accurate ... does not flow like "rumble"

The quality / price ratio is worthy, I would repeat without hesitation that choice

The only problem is that since this purchase I have to remix all my prods because at this level Focals do not miss: A rotten sound, sounds really rotten ....

Why did I not buy them earlier !!!!!!!! ah yes ... due to the price, at the moment I don't have the sub, ..... I complete the set. ...