Focal Professional took to NAMM 2019 to reveal its new flagship studio monitor, the Trio11 Be. Rather on the large side of things, the new Focals have 5-inch midrange drivers, 10-inch subs, and pure beryllium inverted dome tweeters. So these are three-way monitors which probably live better inside spacious studio facilities as mid-field monitors – though nearfield use is also said to be an option.
Thanks to an aluminium baffle that’s adjustable through 360 degrees, in 90-degree increments, the Trio 11 Be can be used either vertically or horizontally, according to your preference. Construction-wise, the cabinet, which is made in Focal’s France workshop, implements two side panels and MDF body. The panels are made of dark red burr-ash veneer, while the central body is black.
Focal is flaunting two new acoustic and electric technologies it developed to reduce distortion and obtain improved characteristics. Tuned Mass Damper (TMD) surrounds the 5-inch driver for “more control and less distortion” while Neutral Inductance Circuit (NIC) achieves a stabilized magnetic flux. Further on, optimized vents improve dynamics and bass definition.
By combining these technological achievements, Focal claims powerful amplifiers, efficient and high-power handling speaker drivers, lack of noise, detailed sound, and precise stereo image. With Class G amplification for the midrange driver and subwoofer, the Trio11 Be achieves a 118dB SPL at 3.3 feet (1 meter), so these get plenty loud. Frequency response is rated at an, admittedly, astonishing 30 Hz – 40kHz.
Price and availability
Scheduled for delivery in March, the Trio11 Be will be priced USD 3999 per speaker. That’s about appropriate for a high-end monitor of the kind which defines the state of the art.