Price (pair): $1098
Design: 2-way ported
Woofer: 8″ Polyglass Cone
Tweeter: 1″ Aluminium Inverted Dome
Frequency response: 35Hz – 22kHz
The Focal Alpha 80 is, at its price, a good speaker for the hobbyist musician, but also the home producer looking to transition into professional work. The Alpha 80 produces deep, rich bass, yet it also creates a nice field of mid-range frequencies. Like other studio grade monitors, Focal Alpha 80 takes XLR and RCA inputs, and the back of the speakers offers low and high frequency shelving.
One potential problem for some people might be the Alpha 80’s standby mode, which will turn off the speaker due to inactivity even if music is playing at a low volume. But this is common in some other monitors, so it’s not exactly a quirk engineering choice. The reason we bring it up is that while it might not matter to musicians and producers who are recording and mixing at higher volumes, audiophiles might find it frustrating when casually listening to music.
That aside, the Alpha 80 brings a good listening experience and an accurate sonic picture for mixing. And it does so at price that is within the budget of bedroom producers looking to take a step up in monitoring quality.