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    I didn't use the flash...so it's kinda dark, and you don't quite see the red color in the Focal wood panels...but you can find them online for a real good look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    So I just wanted to follow-up like I said I would on my new Focal Twin6 Be monitors now that I had a chance to use them for about 10 days, and also now that I've completed the initial break-in process, as recommended.
    I probably spent at least 30 hours breaking them in...they recommend at least 10, most people say about 20, though a lot depends on how loud you monitor.
    The break-in started with about 10 hours of wide dynamic range music at moderate listening levels...so I ran through most of my Classical music CDs...then maybe about 10 hours of more punchier Rock stuff at higher moderate levels...and finally lots of low-end Dance/Trance at loud levels (I wasn't in the room)...about 3/4 up of the monitors' capability, or to the point where the speaker movement was visible.

    I was pleasantly surprised how much the low end opened up at the end. Initially, out of the box, it was super tight...and after the break-in, it loosened up, but not in a bad/sloppy way...instead it just became thicker/heavier sounding, but still very defined.
    All the doubt I had, that the smaller 6.5 speakers might not give me that thick low end...were wiped away. These babies have as much low-end as my Mackie HR824 monitors when they are turned up. At low levels, maybe a pinch less depth than the Mackies, which have the passive radiator in the back that gives them the extra bit of depth, considering I have them close to the front wall...but once the Focals are turned up a bit, their low end depth blooms out, and it does so without muddying up the sound and loading up the room...where the Mackies at louder levels would get too bassy in my space.

    I know the Focal Twin6 are not going to fit everyone's budget...and I never planned on buying them, but after using the Mackies for almost 15 years now, I really wanted to take it up a notch, and I was originally looking at the Adam A7X or the Focal Solo6 monitors as my step up from the Mackies...but the 0% financing for 36 months made the Twins too tempting to resist, and I'm so glad I bit the bullet and got them instead. I've gone through a few monitors over the years, and figured I owed myself at least one set of high-end monitors during my years of recording.

    I think there are a lot of monitors that can be used to mix on with good results if you learn them...it's just that the better ones maybe get you there a bit easier...but still, there's no magic in the monitors...you can mess up a mix regardless of them...though these Focals are more revealing in the low-mid trouble zone, which I always had to fight with on the Mackies, so I'm expecting them to be a big help with the mixing.
    For now, I'm going to keep the Mackies...just 'cuz my setup looks real good with both the Mackies and the Focals side-by-side...but I may sell them at some point, as I doubt I will be even turning them on that much any more.

    Oh...almost forgot...so the cool thing about the Twin6 monitors is that you can place them in several positions, and you can also change which of the two 6.5" speakers acts as your mids-lows and your lows.
    I started with them horizontal...lows in, mid-lows out...tweeter on top. I didn't try them with the tweeter on bottom, no point to that, IMO. I then tried with the lows out...and that wasn't as good.
    Then I went vertical with them...lows on top, mid-lows on bottom...tweeter in...and then same thing, tweeter out. Then I switched the lows to the bottom, and mid-low to the top...again tweeter in and then tweeter out.

    I finally settled on the vertical position, lows on top, mid-low on bottom and tweeter outside....and then I ran across some comments on another site where someone said that Bob Hodas, who does acoustic analysis and room tuning, set them up that same way. Granted, it was for different room...but that's also how they sounded best to me in my studio.
    The horizontal position, low in, mid-low out, tweeter on top would be my other choice. In that position the stereo image almost embraces you, but in the vertical position there is much better left/right definition, since you have both speaker and tweeter in line on the same L/R plane...where horizontally, those elements are spread out L/R.
    Plus in the vertical position, the sound is more 3D...with the added height of the monitors. Also, vertically, the mid-point between the mid-low speaker and tweeter is exactly at my ear level...where horizontally, it's an inch or so lower, which I could have compensated for with another layer of decoupling under the monitors...but the vertical position was such a clear winner, so it all fell into place just right.

    Anyway...if you have the desire to go for something much higher-end in monitors...highly recommend the Focal Twin6...though of course, you can go even much higher than them, but that's for some other time...after the lottery.



    I said I would post once I decided on the position...so here you go.

    Great things to hear! Well, hear about.

    I myself am in a similar happy place with my A7X purchase. It is amazing how much clarity a good pair of monitors can make. I was initially sub-consciously worried that things would sound too good in studio and not translate outside of the treated studio. All for not. The clarity of the next level of monitors made it easy to hear exactly what I was listening to in studio. Translation way better than before. And yes, what happens in the break in period also was apparent to me as well. Only way I can describe is that they 'opened up'.

    Now, time to get some $10,000 monitors and an ear piercing. lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmys69 View Post
    The clarity of the next level of monitors made it easy to hear exactly what I was listening to in studio. Translation way better than before. And yes, what happens in the break in period also was apparent to me as well. Only way I can describe is that they 'opened up'.
    Yeah....they really "opened up" after the break-in, and already I am hearing things differently with my mixes...much detail clarity. On one tune I stopped playback and reloaded the song, just to check if I had accidentally nudged some levels...things just sounded more "there".

    The other thing that sold me on the Twin5 besides the 0% interest for 36 months......was that almost everyone was saying how well their mixes translated once they started using them. They are a bit mid-forward, but in such a way that it helps you define that most critical area a lot better....at least that's the rumor. I'll see how things go after I use them for awhile, but I already know they will work better for me than the Mackies, which I think are pretty goo for just hearing a finished mix on, but not as good as the Focals for making the mix...if that makes any sense.

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    I'm not trying to dis monitoring, but if the new monitors are the best you've heard, that may be mostly the "best you've heard". Go listen to the sm9, or, anything we don't want to consider : ) If you go to a trade show and have a WOW moment, it doesn't mean your monitoring isn't good, just that you have expanded your perspective

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    Thanks for the detailed followup.

    I'm curious about the stands and the speaker placement. They appear to be contacting the inner (Mackie?) speakers. Is that not a factor?

    Also, what sort of stands do you use? [I have decent stands, I'm just curious as I like those stand's simplicity]
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    I think miroslav did good with setup. Like I say not everyone has optimal choices. I'm betting the Mackies will be moved, though

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    Quote Originally Posted by garww View Post
    I'm not trying to dis monitoring, but if the new monitors are the best you've heard, that may be mostly the "best you've heard". Go listen to the sm9, or, anything we don't want to consider : ) If you go to a trade show and have a WOW moment, it doesn't mean your monitoring isn't good, just that you have expanded your perspective
    Mmmm...I never said these are the "best I've heard"...thought they are the best I've bought for my studio.

    Been to AES and to many a music store, and heard all kids of monitors, right up to the $5k/monitor range... and just recently I also heard the Focal Trio6 monitors at someone's studio. At one point right after I got the Twins, I was actually considering maybe just moving up to the Trio6, and skipping the Twin6...but after the break in and hearing how well the Twin6 sounded, there was no need to drop another $2k to go to the Trio6...not that I didn't think they were a bit "bigger" sounding...it's just they would have been overkill in my space.


    Quote Originally Posted by Pinky View Post
    Thanks for the detailed followup.

    I'm curious about the stands and the speaker placement. They appear to be contacting the inner (Mackie?) speakers. Is that not a factor?

    Also, what sort of stands do you use? [I have decent stands, I'm just curious as I like those stand's simplicity]
    Nope....nothing is touching, they are just very close together...maybe 1/8" between them.
    I don't use stands.
    As you can kinda see in the picture the monitors are on a "sandwich" made of: 1/4" neoprene rubber/1" piece of marble stone/1/4" neoprene rubber...and that sits directly on top of my rack/console furniture surface,

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    What are your thoughts on these? I bought them based on user reviews and the video demo they have. I noticed a bit of improvement in my setup.

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ISOL8R155

    I bought the mediums although I think I should have purchased the large (my right monitor leans a very slight bit), and monitors like yours would require the large due to their weight. I'm suspecting on a long enough timeline I'll come home to find one of my monitors on the floor due to the stand finally collapsing.

    I like them enough I'd consider buying the large or a comparable set of stands, so I'm informally looking for something as an eventual upgrade.
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