Focal SM9L Active Studio Monitor

Innovative 2 Monitoring speakers in one, with switchable 3-Way and 2-Way monitoring (Left)

This monitoring speaker establishes itself as a reference thanks to the precision of the stereo image, its capacity to reproduce each of the micro details of the audio signal, as well as unconditional respect of the original dynamics. One of the major SM9 innovations lies in the fact of offering 2 monitoring speakers in only one and unique cabinet. The SM9 is thus composed of 2 monitors: a 3 way monitor and a 2 way monitor.

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The intelligence in the Focal SM9 active studio monitor may seem rudimentary and it is - but pure genius nonetheless. As opposed to regular studio monitors, Focal SM9s have the capacity to alternate between three-way and two-way operating modes. Thusly, they are indispensable to any discerning mix engineer. First try out the SM9's three-way mode. In three-way mode, the user receives the full-range advantage of the SM9's 1" pure Beryllium inverted-dome tweeter (capable of precisely delivering between 1kHz-40kHz) working in conjunction with its 6.5" Focal "W" cone midrange and 8" Focal "W" cone low-frequency drivers.

As a result of its revolutionary closed design, which makes use of a passive radiator (an 11" Focal "W" composite sandwich cone piston mounted with an extra wide inverted surround radiator) instead of a typical bass port, the SM9 delivers compactly concentrated sound across the entire frequency spectrum. They truly possess the capability to bring out never-before heard aspects of any mix.

When you flip the SM9 into two-way mode you still retain complete access its entire EQ section – there’s no need to worry about retuning your monitors to suit the room. Instead, the 8" low-frequency driver is cut out from the mix and the overall frequency response shifts from 30Hz-40kHz to 90Hz-20kHz. This removes the deep lows and super-aural harmonic overtones that typical consumer gear can't produce, but still provides a tightly focused sound of the kind needed to critically tweak a mix to ensure that it translates.

When you buy an SM9 studio monitor, you're really purchasing two ultra-high-end monitors in one. If you're only going to use one pair of studio monitors, you can’t go wrong with a couple of Focal SM9s.

Reference monitor speaker thanks to the precision of the stereo image

Innovative 2 monitoring speakers in only one and unique cabinet

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Frequency Response

  • 3-way mode: 30Hz - 40kHz (+/- 3dB) / 40Hz - 20kHz (+/- 1dB)
  • 2-way mode (Focus): 90Hz - 20kHz (+/- 3dB)


Maximum SPL

  • 3-way mode: 116dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
  • 2-way mode (Focus): 106dB SPL (peak @ 1m)



  • Type: Electronically balanced.
  • Impedance: 10 kOhms


Connector: XLR

Sensitivity: Adjustable, +4dBu or -10dBV

Bass: 400W, class AB

Midrange: 100W, class AB

Treble: 100W, class AB

Power supplies: Local supply: 230V (3.15A fuse), 115V (6.3A)

Connection: IEC inlet and detachable power cord


Indicators: Rear panel
  • Input sensitivity selector (+4dBu / -10dBV)
  • High-pass crossover (full range, 45, 60, 90Hz @ -6dB)
  • Low frequency shelving (+/- 3dB from 30 to 250Hz per step of 0.5dB)
  • High frequency shelving (+/- 3dB from 4.5 to 40kHz per step of 0.5dB)
  • Low frequency EQ (+/- 3dB per step of 0.5dB @ 50Hz, Q factor = 2)
  • Low-mid frequency EQ (+/- 3dB per step of 0.5dB @ 160Hz, Q factor = 1)
  • Mid frequency EQ (+/- 3dB per step of 0.5dB @ 1kHz, Q factor = 0.6)


Indicators: Side panel

  • Stand By / On switch.
  • Direct switch.
  • Focus switch.


Warning light: Power On, clipping and default on front panel LED

Passive radiator: 11WPP52, 11” (27cm) Focal “W” composite sandwich cone piston, extra wide inverted surround radiator

Subwoofer: 8W7571, 8” (20cm) Focal “W” composite sandwich cone driver

Midrange: 6W0452, 6.5” (16.5cm) Focal “W” composite sandwich cone driver

Tweeter: TB872, 1” pure Beryllium inverted dome tweeter

Construction: 0.88”(22mm) and 1.2” (30mm) panels with internal braces

Finish: Black natural veneering top and bottom panels, black body


Weight and Dimensions

  • 12.8” x 19.6” x 15.6” (320mm x 490mm x 390mm)
  • Weight: 77lb (35kg)