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Focal CMS50 Active Studio Monitor

Compact 2-Way Active Near-Field Monitor
Part No: FO-CMS50
The design of the CMS 50 permits a listening position from 50cm away, while still keeping the possibility of the monitors at a great distance from one another without damaging the soundstage.

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£399.00 £332.50 ex VAT
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Product Description


The CMS 50 is the most compact Focal studio monitor on the market. Expect the same Focal signatures: exceptional dynamics, treble definition, and precise sound. The capability harnessed inside this tiny box really is astounding. The CMS 50 features Focal's trademark inverted-dome tweeter, distinguished for its high efficiency, accuracy, and energy. Combined with Focal's aluminium/magnesium tweeter alloy and exclusive Polyglass woofer technology and you end up with a 5" reference monitor possessing astonishing clarity, a deep soundscape and rich-but-measured bass. Their unbelievably neutral 55Hz-28kHz response also means that the CMS 50 nearfields are primed for critical monitoring tasks.

A feature for which Focal has gained notoriety is the inverted-dome tweeter - it's a key factor in the magic internals behind the CMS 50's outstanding performance. The specific advantage of the inverted dome is that it augments the mechanical coupling between the voice coil and the dome. Because the voice coil is fixed at mid-height on the dome, it’s capable of evenly moving the CMS 50's entire cone surface. This design delivers innate high efficiency, accuracy, and energy, all resulting in a tremendously detailed soundstage. Of course, the CMS 50 capitalises on that to full effect by employing an aluminium/magnesium alloy for the tweeter material.

By amalgamating aluminium and magnesium to construct the tweeter, Focal efficiently exploited the benefits of each. CMS 50 users can expect top damping qualities, superb rigidity, and enormously reduced distortion, thanks to the two metal alloy. The configuration generates an accurate sound - and impressively deep soundstage. In summation, the CMS 50's treble frequencies are dynamic and detailed. This technology combines perfectly with the Polyglass woofer, for sonic synergy.

To create their exclusive Polyglass technology, Focal applies molten-glass microballs onto a cellulose pulp cone. This process fashions a unification of superior paper damping with glass rigidity. In fact, its rigidity index exceeds that of a single-skin Kevlar. It is almost 10 times more rigid than polypropylene. This means that the CMS 50 cone's mass/rigidity/damping contributes to outstanding linearity of the frequency-response curve and greatly increases the CMS 50's definition in the midrange.


Permits a listening position from 50cm away

Controlled bass with totally linear midrange

Midrange register with unequalled neutrality in its price range


Additional Information


Frequency Response (+/-3dB):55Hz - 28kHz

Maximum SPL: 107dB SPL (peak @ 1m)

Input: Balanced 20 kOhms / Unbalanced 47 kOhms

Connector: XLR/RCA

HF amplifier stage: 50W RMS, class AB

LF amplifier stage: 80W RMS, class AB

Electric supply: Mains voltage: 220 - 230V (1.6A fuse rating) 120V (3.15A fuse rating) 100V (4A fuse rating)

Connection: IEC inlet and detachable power cord


  • Adjustable sensitivity, +4dBu / 0 / -10dBV
  • Adjustable volume, -66dB / 0dB
  • Adjustable high-pass filter, idle / 45 / 60 / 90Hz (12dB/oct.)
  • Adjustable LF Shelving, 0 / -4 / -2 / +2dB
  • Adjustable HF Shelving, 0 / -4 / -2 / +2dB 
- Parametric filter (160Hz), adjustable, 0 / -2 / -4 / -6dB
  • Power ON/OFF switch, mains voltage selector
. - Standby/ON switch.


Indicators: Power ON/OFF LED, Standby/ON LED, Audio Clip LED

Woofer: 5" Focal drive unit, Polyglass cone

Tweeter:Aluminum/Magnesium inverted dome Focal tweeter

Shielding: Integral by cancellation magnet

Construction: Reinforced and damped Aluminum cabinet

Finish: Black powder cabinet


Dimension and Weight

  • with spikes: 289.5 x 190 x 201mm (11.4" x 7.5" x 7.9")
  • with table stand: 299.5 x 190 x 201mm (11.8" x 7.5" x 7.9") Weight: 7.7kg - (17lb)