A New Sonic Adventure Begins
Just a few days ago, the music production world was abuzz with the arrival of Focal’s latest offering: the Trio6. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill speakers; they’re a new breed of three-way monitors that promise a sonic experience like no other. Priced at around $7,000, they’re not exactly budget-friendly, but they come with features and performance that make them a compelling option.
What sets this speaker review apart is the fact that they made their debut right at the beginning of a master class in a professional studio. This is a significant departure from the usual speaker evaluation process, where you might spend an hour or two getting to know a new pair of speakers. In this case, the speakers were put to work immediately, allowing for a deeper and more intimate exploration of their capabilities.
A Tale of Redesign
The Focal Trio6 is part of the ST6 range, which includes the Solo 6 S6 and Twin 6 S6, released in 2022. These speakers boast a more detailed and transparent sound compared to their predecessors. To put it simply, the high mids on these speakers are incredibly pleasing to the ears – not harsh in any way. Focal has always had a knack for crafting speakers with a unique high-end character that’s easy on the ears, even during extended listening sessions.
What makes the Trio6 particularly intriguing is its two Focus mode configurations, offering reduced frequency response – a two-way and a single mid-range driver setup. This means you can isolate specific frequency ranges to get a different perspective on your mix, akin to flipping over to a different set of speakers. It’s a handy feature for fine-tuning your mix and ensuring it translates well on various playback systems.
Bass That Defies Expectations
One of the most impressive aspects of these speakers is their low-end performance. To put it bluntly, the bass response is mind-blowing. When tested with familiar music, the speakers produced a low-end presence that was nothing short of astonishing. The definition on the kick drum was remarkable, revealing the subtle nuances of multiple microphones used in the recording process. Even the snare, with its variations in each hit, was reproduced with stunning accuracy. The front-to-back depth characteristic of Focal speakers was also evident, providing a level of detail that’s becoming more prevalent in modern studio monitors.
The Magic of Depth and Detail
When listening to tracks with a focus on depth and detail, the Focal Trio6 truly shines. In Trevor Hall’s “Chapter of the Forest,” every element of the mix, from the acoustic guitar to the snare drum, is brought to life with a sense of space that’s both captivating and immersive. The Beryllium tweeters deliver an unparalleled level of detail, allowing you to hear reverb tails that seem to go on forever. It’s this attention to detail that sets Focal speakers apart and makes them an excellent choice for producers and engineers who demand precision and accuracy in their work.
A Genre-Agnostic Choice
These speakers are incredibly versatile, making them suitable for a wide range of musical genres. Whether you’re producing EDM, hip-hop, pop, R&B, or acoustic-driven tracks, the Trio6 can handle it all. Their ability to reproduce low-end frequencies accurately makes them a solid choice for genres where bass is a crucial component. At the same time, their exceptional clarity and depth make them equally suitable for genres that rely heavily on acoustic instruments and vocals.
A Pivotal Price Point
In the world of studio monitors, there’s a clear distinction between entry-level options, high-end behemoths, and the vast space in between. The Focal Trio6 occupies this middle ground, offering a compelling blend of performance and affordability. While $7,000 may not be considered “cheap” in the world of studio gear, it’s a far cry from the astronomical prices of top-tier mastering speakers. For many producers and engineers, these speakers could be the perfect sweet spot, providing exceptional quality without breaking the bank.