FOCAL-ProCompany: Focal Professional

Founder: Jacques Mahul

Year Established: 1979

Headquarters: Saint-Étienne, France

Why Choose Focal? Originally Focal started as an OEM driver manufacturer until engineer and audio enthusiast Jacques Mahul eventually decided to expand into loudspeaker production and Focal-JMlab was born. Many years later in 2005 the company was renamed Focal. After moving to their present location in the south of France, the professional division was established in 2002. Current series include the SM9, SM6, CMS and Alpha products along with the very popular Spirit Professional headphones. The latest addition to the SM6 series is the new Trio6 Be.

Unlike many loudspeaker companies, Focal has the distinct advantage by designing and producing all of their own drivers. It was through years of continued research and development that innovations like the inverted dome beryllium tweeter, inverted dome Al-Mg tweeter, the “W” composite cone along with the Polyglass cone changed how studio monitors would sound and perform. Today Focal Professional monitors are being used in studios and mastering facilities around the world. To quote a very wise man….“Listen to your music NOT your speakers”.