Focal Unveils Trio11 Be Switchable 3-Way, 2-Way, Nearfield or Midfield Monitor

January 25 2019, 00:15
Focal Professional unveiled the new Trio11 Be active studio monitors at NAMM 2019, which the French brand considers a new benchmark design, making it possible to work as nearfields or midfields. Like the previous Trio6 Be model, Trio11 Be comprises a 3-way monitor and a 2-way monitor, which makes it possible to check the sound quality of the mix by using FOCUS mode - a Focal innovation - that is remote controllable and can be activated by simply pressing a control pedal.

In designing Trio11 Be, Focal says the goal was to have “both more power and less noise.” In addition to new speaker drivers (a 5” midrange and a 10” subwoofer), the loudspeaker employs the brand’s very latest acoustic and electronic technologies, which reduce distortion even further. TMD technology (on the surround of the medium driver) for more control and less distortion; NIC technology for a stabilized magnetic flux; optimized vents to promote dynamic control and perfect bass definition; and high excursion to give the speaker driver even more linearity. Thanks to these technologies, Focal has managed to combine powerful amplifiers with high-efficiency and high-power handling speaker drivers whilst ensuring the absence of noise, the reproduction of the tiniest details and the precision of the stereo image.

Thanks to the Class G amplification used on the midrange and the subwoofer, Trio11 Be delivers a high SPL - 118 dB at 3.3 feet (1 m) - and is extremely versatile when it comes to nearfield usage and installation configurations as well as the midfield. “Versatile and powerful, this monitor responds perfectly to the needs of both modern music and the most exacting sound engineers, also providing an extended bandwidth (30 Hz-40 kHz),” Focal states.

A Focal signature, the pure Beryllium inverted dome tweeter is again used on the Trio11 Be, offering a detailed treble reproduction. Its exclusive profile guarantees optimum energy transfer from the coil to the dome making a high efficiency tweeter (capable of covering 5 octaves from 1000 to 40,000 Hz) whilst also promising wide sound dispersion.

The 10” subwoofer’s ‘W’-profile cone enables what Focal describes as “veritable optimization of the frequency response thanks to precise control of the rigidity, lightness and damping,” the balance between these three fundamental parameters being the basis of the monitor’s sound neutrality.

The aluminum baffle incorporating the tweeter and woofer is adjustable through 360°, in 90° increments, so Trio11 Be can be used either vertically or horizontally. This function makes it possible to optimize the monitor’s performance based on its positioning in the room. Finally, the cabinet, developed and manufactured by Focal in its cabinetry workshop in Bourbon-Lancy in France, consists of two side panels and a body in MDF measuring between 13/16" (21mm) and 13/16” (30mm) thick: an indicator of the quality of each material chosen, combined with careful attention to the finishes. Trio11 Be has two side panels in a natural dark red burr-ash veneer and a black central body, for an aesthetic rendering that is also discreet and hard-wearing.

Deliveries of the first Trio11 Be units will start in March 2019.
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