Focal Alpha 80 8" 140W Powered Studio Monitor

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95 out of 100. Incorporating 90+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$549
Focal Alpha 80 8" 140W Powered Studio Monitor
Focal Alpha 80 8" 140W Powered Studio Monitor

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 95/100 is based on analysis of 90+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Known for their premium studio monitors and speakers, Focal have successfully expanded into the mid-tier market with the Alpha 80. It doesn't stray too much from conventional designs, with its 140 Watt amplifier (Bi-amp), 8" woofer and 1" tweeter - but it implements all these with their brand of quality materials and premium build, something that you usually have to pay top dollars for.

Finally, the Alpha 80 comes with automatic standby mode, an energy-saving feature that turns off the monitor after 30 minutes of idle time.

Focal Alpha 80 Specifications:

  • Driver: 8" Woofer, 1" Tweeter
  • Amplifier: 100W LF, 40W HF
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR, 1 x RCA
  • Frequency Response: 35Hz-22kHz (±3 dB)
  • Enclosure: Ported
  • Controls: LF Shelving, HF Shelving, Sensitivity (0dB / +6dB), Power
  • Dimensions: 15.6" x 11.3" x 13.7"
  • Weight: 28.2 lbs.

Pros

Superb and incredible are just two of the many positive adjectives that people use to describe the Focal Alpha 80. Even experienced users find the sound to be crystal clear, and are happy with its volume and low end. Satisfied users come from various musical disciplines, including drummers, electronic musicians, DJs and more.

Cons

Because of its inherent loudness, it can be tricky to use the Focal Alpha 80 for tight studio spaces. There are also a few who noted that the bottom end can be a bit too much for mastering use.

Overall

The Focal Alpha 80's good bottom end, and overall clarity makes it very easy to recommend.

If you'd like to see more options then take a look at our guide to The Best Studio Monitors Under $500.