Focal Shape Twin (pair)
Price is for one pair of speakers
“..boasts a host of unusual design features — which combine to make an unusually good monitor! I really like the Shape Twin and there’s no doubt in my mind that it is a fine monitor. If the Shape Twin turned out to be the last monitor ever to grace my workstation, I’d have no problem with that.” – Phil Ward, Sound On Sound
“Well balanced across the frequency spectrum, with great imaging and tone shaping options that help pair them to a wide variety of rooms and situations, the Shape Twin’s price point is fantastic. They’re easily replacing monitors in my room that cost a few times as much, and outside of getting used to the standby mode, it feels like a step up in performance, build quality, and peace of mind. A solid choice, the Focal Shape Twins are stunners – fully capable sonic tools that help your perspective on sound and the world navigate this modern playback landscape.” – Thom Monahan, Tape Op
“In my testing, they accurately reproduced everything from thick and crunchy electric guitars to the chime-y tones of a banjo to the midrange-y sweetness of a dobro to the thump of an upright bass. Their imaging is excellent, and the 2.5-way configuration gives them wide-ranging frequency coverage from low to high, with smooth crossover points and no holes in the midrange.” – Mike Levine, Mix Magazine
Line’s Benchmark Product
This standard bearer of the Shape series features two passive radiators, woofers equipped with a new Flax cone, and the latest “M”-shaped Aluminium/Magnesium inverted dome tweeter. Perfect weapon of mass production for professionals.
Shape Twin is made in France, just like Shape 40, 50 and 65. Designed to meet the needs of nearfield monitoring, these monitors combine an ingenuous design and numerous settings optimised for the acoustics of small listening rooms. Shape Twin stands out through its excellent rendering over the whole audio spectrum, its broad frequency response in the low end, and its high SPL considering its size. The compact design makes it easy to integrate even into the most cramped of rooms. Finally, its 2.5-way design gives it a real advantage when it comes to controlling the bass and lower mid-range registers which are the hardest to control in small rooms.
Shape Twin’s five innovations present a remarkable tonal balance, with very wide and precise stereo imaging. The low frequencies are well defined as well as controlled. The low-mid and mid ranges provide a true neutral sound.
Glass-fiber speaker cones
Focal first introduced their glass-fiber speaker cones in their SM series, where the extraordinary definition provided by their lightweight rigidity made them an instant hit among professional mix engineers. Focal’s Shape series takes this speaker design one step further by introducing a layer of flax fiber, which is significantly more rigid and twice as light as glass fiber. They sandwiched this flax layer between layers of glass fiber, resulting in a piston-like low-frequency action and increased dampening. You’ll be astonished by the low-frequency accuracy and midrange clarity these speakers offer. You couldn’t ask for better compact nearfield monitors when it comes to critical mixing applications.
M-shaped inverted-dome tweeter
The Shape series introduces another major design upgrade to Focal’s nearfield monitor technology by reimagining their already impressive aluminum-magnesium dome tweeter. For starters, the M shape itself provides increased rigidity, which offers many of the same advantages as the increased rigidity of their flax fiber cones: greater definition with lower distortion.
The M-shaped dome works with its own dedicated TMD surround for an impressively linear response below 6kHz. This horn also comes outfitted with housing that provides equal horizontal and vertical directivity, and a less-directional profile overall. Finally, the magnetic component, which features a Kapton former in the voice coil, offers a lower high-frequency distortion than Focal has previously achieved in an affordable nearfield monitor.
Beneath the elegant walnut veneer and meticulously calculated MDF enclosure, each Shape series studio monitor features a number of technologies that give them uniquely linear frequency responses. One of these is the TMD surround ringing either speaker. Strangely enough, this stabilization element comes from special architecture found at the top of skyscrapers such as Taipei 101. These suspended harmonic absorbers promote a more piston-like action that targets specific frequencies. In the Shape series, these surrounds produce a remarkably flat frequency response around 1kHz–2kHz, resulting in astonishing neutrality with virtually no measurable distortion.
Double passive-radiators ensure low-end stability
One of the technologies Focal popularised in their previous generation upper-end monitors was the use of passive radiators. Just as they did in the SM series, these passive radiators provide the Shape series reference monitors with an extended low-frequency response that goes far beyond you would expect from modest-sized nearfields.
By balancing low-frequency harmonics with the dual surrounds highlighted above, these passive radiators accomplish what ports simply can’t, providing you with low-frequency tuning that extends bass clarity and allows you to position your monitors closer to walls, without compromising accuracy. This detail makes them an ideal choice for small studios and editing suites.
Low directivity tweeter for a flexible listening position
Designed without a port allowing it to be placed near a wall
Numerous settings for optimal integration
Accurate control, even in the very high end
Flax sandwich cone: controlled and articulated bass, natural and detailed lower mid-range and upper mid-range registers
Threads for ceiling and wall mounts (fastening accessories not supplied)