Focal Solo6 Be by BioMichanical
When opening the box, the first thing you notice is just how beautiful these are. One thing that does impress clients is good looking gear, which inspires them to perform their best and these monitors have that WoW look. They just look expensive! The cherry red dark finish with the composite cone and black front panel, give these an elegant look that you will always enjoy every time you walk into your control room.
When I first heard these, they were not broken in, which gave them sort of a strange sound. We were told that they were take about 48-72 hours of break in time before they begin to sound right. After letting music play through them over 2 nights and 2 days, we began to hear them sound better. It really took about 2 weeks before they were fully broken in, of being used daily in the studio before they were completely broken in. Once break in period was over, all I can say is WOW! The Solo6 be's really sound amazing. The upper midrange and lower mid range has definition that will help you make mixing decisions. The most important thing I can say about these monitors is translation. It's really difficult getting to know monitors and how well they translate. Usually you have to take your mix and play it back on several different speakers to really get a feel of how well they translate. Not true with these focals. Take your mix into the car, take your mix and play it back on small computer speakers, your going to get the same response every time, depending on the quality of speakers you play your mix back on then the consumer speakers obviously will not have as great detail, especially in the upper mids and highs, but it will sound similar as it did in the studio. Too many times have I heard clients say they went to other studios and their mix sounded great in the studio, but the moment they took it out thier car, or iPod, the mix didn't sound as good and everything just fell apart. Not the case with these!
The lower mids and bass is there, and for as small as these speakers are, they really do put out an amazing amount of bass. However, they aren't subwoofers so if you need to really hear the low end, add a subwoofer, but have the ability to turn the sub off and on during mixdown. These also get pretty loud so watch your levels. I've mixed anything from soft worship music to punk rock, to hard core metal and every time I can get a mix that sounds great and translates extremely well. I have worked on Adam A7's and Tapco monitors, and also listened Dynaudio BM6's (the first gen models) and none of them are as good as these in terms of translation. I gave them only a 9 on bang for buck because they are a bit pricey especially for a home studio, but they are worth EVERY penny!