powered monitors

Focal CMS65 Compact Powered Monitor

Focal CMS65 Compact Powered Monitor

French monitor speaker manufacturer Focal has gained a solid reputation for producing both drivers for other manufacturers as well as its own range of professional and hi-fi speakers.

Its high-end studio monitors have many fans, and I count myself amongst them, so it is with some interest that I had an opportunity to audition a new monitor that fits in a range aimed at the project studio market — the CMS range. It was the Focal CMS65 ($950 each) that I got to try.

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JBL Control 2P Powered Desktop Monitors

JBL Control 2P Powered Desktop Monitors

JBL has hit the sweet spot with the versatile Control 2P ($249 list), a compact powered monitor that fits multiple applications from audio production to AV, electronic instruments, and home entertainment. read more…

Mackie hr626 and hrs150. Solid surround monitoring together or apart.

Mackie hr626 and hrs150. Solid surround monitoring together or apart.

Mackie made quite a splash when they introduced their HR824 powered monitors. Still popular, the HR824 has been joined in the line by additional models — the smaller HRS624 and the, well, different HR626. The HR626 has the appearance of a home theater center channel monitor when laid on its longer side — though, at near 20×9 inches, it has some size advantage on the average center channel speaker. The other unique feature is the symmetry of two 6.7-inch woofers on either side of a 1-inch dome tweeter. read more…

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