The focal cms65 looks plain but are far from plain monitors.
I bought mine from sweetwater brand new for $1,000 each. If your going to be mixing you need serious monitors. These are the best I've found in the $2k range
Before I purchased these I was looking at dyn audio. All the great things I heard about Focal swayed me into getting these and I'm glad I did. These monitors sound really, really good. I love the shelving options on the back.
FYI you will need to remove the grills from the monitors and insert the phase plugs. I didn't and was disappointed when I first played these monitors. Then I noticed some pics of the monitors online had the grills removed and I read on another review that they should be removed.
After removing the grills and inserting the phase plugs I was blown away. I see myself keeping these monitors for a long time.
The back of the cms65 has plenty EQ shelving options on the back, however they are hard to switch
Focal has a really good rep when it comes to monitors and these don't disappoint
Excellent flat non fatiguing monitors. These monitors really sound great. I'm very happy with this purchase
I chose them in the cabin listening to Michenaud.
Initially I went on the Adam or Dynaudio (which I could appreciate the qualities in the studio) and then listen to these speakers proved to be the most "balanced" just when I listened to music styles very different, Cecilia Bartoli Eminem or Metallica.
They are made in France Furthermore, and in particular robust and durable materials for magnetic noise (large aluminum block).
I use them in a home studio directly behind the sound card (that I must change because suddenly I hear its limits).
I put 8 because I would have preferred more digital inputs.
The frequency curve is not flattering for all mediums are warm enough to not have the feel of a monitor "cold" where the guitars are loud and the bass is well made, even dubstep or techno we feel they grow.
The dynamic is good.
The stereo image is correct but I do not have an acoustically treated room and although it is thirty m2 this is not necessarily the right place to assess this point. In fact I did not possibly enough apart so that it is good but I have space constraints.
I use them for 8 months to replace BEHRINGER B2031A with which there is no comparison.
What I like most is the sound, the speaker size is probably the first diameter with which we can do without subwoofer. For years I looked for a quality worthy of the m series of Dynaudio but adapted to the home studio. I found something that is not nearly as good.
I tried a dozen pregnant upstream, smaller jbl's from Dynaudio (with BM12A they are almost equal playing elsewhere) on various samples.
What I like least is the lack of digital input.
With experience I will not change any of the model, this is probably the speakers who will follow me for long.
The value for money is excellent considering the audio quality as the first criterion.