Focal Alpha 65 by micheck123
A little back story, Before deciding to pull the trigger on these I had to make a choice between, Eve Audio SC205's (with TS107 sub), Dynaudio BM5A MKII's, Yamaha HS8's and Focal CMS65's.
Ill say right now that im an owner of Focal Spirit Pro's, HD650's and Bayerdynamic DT880 Pro's, until I got these speakers Ive always preferred using headphones to produce and mix, The Alphas changed my perception of just how good studio monitors can be. I now prefer using these beauties over my headphones as I hear better separation and detail.
So why did I end up with the Alpha 65's?
It was a hard decision but after taking a little trip to my local production shop and having a listen to the Adam A7X, CMS65, Equator D5's and Alpha 65's, I was genuinely impressed at how the Alphas performed.
Out of the list of monitors listed above the CMS65's were the best, very detailed, open balanced sound. The A7X seemed ok, I dont see why people love these so much compared to the focals these seemed muddy and no where near as open, They didn't reveal he detail that the Focal CMS or Alpha's did. The Equator D5's had a top very comparable to the Focals, Open detailed sound.
I had the Alpha 65's and CMS65 next to each other when testing, The only difference I could really hear when the monitors were switched was the deeper low end on the Alpha's and slithy less mids, The mids were still fantastic on the Alphas. The top end is almost identical on the Alphas, super separated, open and detailed. As an electronic music producer the Alphas were the BEST option there.
The sound of the Alpha 65:
I loaded up Discovery by Daft punk as im VERY familiar with this album and the sound.
Super detailed, you can hear the slightest of reverbs behind a million other elements, you can the ambience, you can hear all the minor imperfections. Everything is very well separated and dimensional.
Im not an expert in this but listening to vocals and guitars sections in records Ill say that they're all very clear and placeable. I can tell where they are and something new for me is being able to hear super detailed vocal reverb...
This is why I think these monitors were geared towards the electronic music producer, The low end is punchy, well controlled but theres a LOT of it, If you have a small room without any acoustic treatment then stay away unless you want to use to the shelving controls on the back. I can easily heard the deepest of bass with these the Kick and bass separation is amazing here...
Overall im blown away with these monitors, its exactly what I wanted and with a little bit more of acoustic treatment ill be even happier. My previous KRK RP6 G3, Yamaha HS80M's are no no match for these.