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In a small sound-proofed room away from the bustle of the show floor, we caught up with Nicolas Debard of Focal showing their latest flagship monitor, the SM9.
It's an interesting design - the single cabinet houses essentially two separate speaker systems;
There's a switch on the side to select configuration, and another to bypass all EQ circuitry completely.
Seems a pretty neat idea - way better to have a single cabinet handling the duties of two individual monitors, with all the issues of interference and alignment that 2 sets of speakers both trying to take up the optimum position can bring.
And yes, in that little room they did sound pretty good ;-]
Compact, desktop, analog, semi-modular - whats not to like?