Focal CMS 40 Powered Studio Monitor (Discontinued)


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Focal CMS 40
Focal CMS 40

Gearank Recommendation

The CMS 40 appeared on our recommended list for Studio Monitors from March 2017 until April 2018.


The Focal CMS 40 is a compact yet versatile studio monitor designed for near field use in small studios, or as satellite monitors for studios with bigger/multiple listening areas.

It sports a smaller 4" woofer, and 1" polyglass cone tweeter with a max SPL of 97dB, soft enough for long mixing sessions, while keeping the same attention to detail that the bigger CMS models provide.

Note that because of its smaller woofers, it may not have the same bass response as its bigger siblings and you may want to pair this with a Studio Subwoofer if you need to mix bass heavy music.

To make this monitor compatible with different room types, Focal added low and high frequency shelving filters with adjustable frequencies. And in anticipation of being used as a portable monitor, the cabinet is crafted from die-cast aluminum.

The Focal CMS 40 is highly recommended for those who are looking for a high quality plug-and-play compact and portable powered studio monitor.


  • Driver: 4" Woofer, 1" Dome Tweeter
  • Amplifier: 25W LF, 25W HF
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR, 1 x RCA
  • Frequency Response: 60hz-28kHz (±3 dB)
  • Enclosure: Ported
  • Controls: LF Shelving, HF Shelving, Input Level, Input Trim
  • Dimensions: 9.38" x 6.13" x 6.13"
  • Weight: 11 lbs.


These have been discontinued but you can see excellent alternatives in our guide to Best Studio Monitors.