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Masterlu 07-11-2013 09:36 PM

New Focal Speaker Forum
 
Focal Loudspeaker Forum now

http://www.ledssuperbright.com/images/roundopen1.jpg


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Jonmartin 07-21-2013 03:05 AM

Thanks for this now I can be more active :)

cheglie 01-05-2014 01:35 PM

I decided it was time for a change. Been listening to Infinity Enterlude IL50's and Infinity surrounds for 11yrs.! Actually found the receipt. So, I have on order the Focal 726V's and there center speaker CC701. Have not been using a separate sub due to the powered woofers in the IL50, lots of bass. But with the 726V's I will be using a BA RPS1000 sub. I run a Marantz NR1603 and power the fronts with an Emotiva UPA-200. Looking forward to the change. The Infinities have served their time well but I am hoping this will be enough of an upgrade to make it worth while. What do you think?

Still-One 01-05-2014 03:16 PM

Welcome go AA cheglie :wave:

Keep us posted on how the change in speakers goes.

enit 01-05-2014 10:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cheglie (Post 567030)
I decided it was time for a change. Been listening to Infinity Enterlude IL50's and Infinity surrounds for 11yrs.! Actually found the receipt. So, I have on order the Focal 726V's and there center speaker CC701. Have not been using a separate sub due to the powered woofers in the IL50, lots of bass. But with the 726V's I will be using a BA RPS1000 sub. I run a Marantz NR1603 and power the fronts with an Emotiva UPA-200. Looking forward to the change. The Infinities have served their time well but I am hoping this will be enough of an upgrade to make it worth while. What do you think?

The focal 700 series is very good for the money.
Good choice with the 726s.
I would run Audyssey then not use it- just to check distances and what it thinks of the crossover points, unless you desperately need it. Sucks the life of every system IMHO.

Enjoy!

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cmalak 01-05-2014 11:39 PM

Has anyone heard the new Aria series of speakers from Focal: Aria 900 - Focal

http://www.focal.com/447-1415-thickbox/aria-948.jpg

http://www.focal.com/447-1323-thickbox/aria-948.jpg

http://www.focal.com/447-1322-thickbox/aria-948.jpg

Some reviews:

Focal Aria 948 | The Ear

Focal Aria 906 review from the experts at whathifi.com

enit 01-06-2014 03:30 AM

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Originally Posted by cmalak (Post 567223)
Has anyone heard the new Aria series of speakers from Focal: Aria 900 - Focal Some reviews: Focal Aria 948 | The Ear Focal Aria 906 review from the experts at whathifi.com

Truly tremendous. And such a bonus when you look at the price. Folks pay 2-4 times more for speakers that don't sound as good as these guys.

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bart 01-06-2014 05:45 AM

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Originally Posted by cmalak (Post 567223)

A patient of mine went to the hi-fi shop to buy to pair of B&W 803D, he left with an order of these Focals. :yes:

Jerome W 01-06-2014 06:02 AM

Sensitivity (2.83V / 1m) 92.5dB
Nominal impedance 8 Ohms
Minimum impedance 2.5 Ohms

Rather annoying for tube amps lovers.
Is that so tough to build a speaker with a flat impedance ?

enit 01-06-2014 06:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Jerome W (Post 567290)
Sensitivity (2.83V / 1m) 92.5dB Nominal impedance 8 Ohms Minimum impedance 2.5 Ohms Rather annoying for tube amps lovers. Is that so tough to build a speaker with a flat impedance ?

Yes.

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cmalak 01-06-2014 08:29 PM

Thx for the feedback guys :thumbsup: Any others who have heard these or planning to?

enit 01-13-2014 10:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cmalak (Post 567581)
Thx for the feedback guys :thumbsup: Any others who have heard these or planning to?

How about you? Have you heard them?

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cmalak 01-13-2014 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by enit (Post 569988)
How about you? Have you heard them? Sent from my iPhone using A.Aficionado

Nope. I read a review which was positive on them and I was just curious about them which is why I queried if anyone had heard them to solicit additional feedback. I may seek out an audition and if I hear them, I will certainly report back with my listening impressions.

redm 01-28-2014 02:46 PM

Praise be for opening this forum. Finally we can get our utopia talk on. I personally think the Grande Utopia is the most interesting speaker being made today.

-E- 01-28-2014 03:05 PM

It sounds pretty darn good, too... ;)

C2300MC275 01-29-2014 05:47 PM

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Originally Posted by redm (Post 574927)
Praise be for opening this forum. Finally we can get our utopia talk on. I personally think the Grande Utopia is the most interesting speaker being made today.

The Focal grande & VAC room @ CES certainly got amazing reviews by the press:thumbsup:

scirica 03-24-2014 06:43 PM

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Originally Posted by cmalak (Post 570013)
Nope. I read a review which was positive on them and I was just curious about them which is why I queried if anyone had heard them to solicit additional feedback. I may seek out an audition and if I hear them, I will certainly report back with my listening impressions.

I've had my 948's in-house for about 2 months now. I've been living with a pair of Linn 5140's as my mains for over 15 years and I was always missing that kick in the gut low end that the Linn's just never provided. For me the 948's deliver phenomenal sound for the price and much closer to a truly dynamic full range speaker.

Ironic as it seems, with my system clearly sounding better than ever, I now want to upgrade the rest of my system! Looking at replacing my Proceed Amp5 with a McIntosh MC207, then down the line either the MX-121, 151, or 160?? to replace my Anthem MRX. In the meantime, I respect these speakers enough that I'm finally doing a proper acoustical treatment to my room. I expect that room treatment alone will really get me closer to audio nirvana.

antaresbluespirit 04-28-2014 02:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Masterlu (Post 511398)

Many years ago ,focal was providing loudspeakers units for both professionnal or consumer market ,Jm lab designed the cabinet as well.

The cottage industry in France until the 90's used Focal loudspeakers' kit units to design their own commercial product...

It was the golden age

this company remains independant not he case for the other french high end loudspeaker product maker like Cabasse or Triangle....(japanese, Chinese)

Raymond

Rhoddog 06-30-2016 06:55 PM

So cool Raymond ! Vive le France :) I've had my Sopra 3's for a month or so now and I really dig them. Have been switching between a mcintosh mc2000 and a modified 2255 and I like the 2255 better. Not as musical but way more "oomph." I will be switching amps to a 452 here shortly, excited to get used to the difference!

Hubbman 05-29-2021 03:32 PM

Quick question about Focal speaker matching.

I have a pair of Focal Kanta No1ís and Iím thinking about adding a Sopra Center Channel to the mix in place of the Aria center I have now.
The question is, will the Sopra center meld well with the timber of the Kanta No1ís? I found a very good deal on the Sopra, which is why Iím contemplating this change.

Iím also thinking ahead as I will probably upgrade the L/R speakers to Sopraís in the next year or so..

Masterlu 05-29-2021 05:57 PM

Hubbman... Welcome to AA! :wave:

bart 05-29-2021 06:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hubbman (Post 1039109)
Quick question about Focal speaker matching.

I have a pair of Focal Kanta No1ís and Iím thinking about adding a Sopra Center Channel to the mix in place of the Aria center I have now.
The question is, will the Sopra center meld well with the timber of the Kanta No1ís? I found a very good deal on the Sopra, which is why Iím contemplating this change.

Iím also thinking ahead as I will probably upgrade the L/R speakers to Sopraís in the next year or so..


Welcome to AA Hubbman!

I've heard both lines, and I like them.
They are comparable in sound signature, with the Sopras logically being better.
If you plan to upgrade anyway, and you can save now on the centre, it's a wise move imo.

Hubbman 06-01-2021 02:03 AM

Cool, thanks for the reply!

Iíll probably pull the trigger this week...

Hubbman 06-04-2021 12:28 PM

New Question, but related to Sopra/Kanta
 
Potentially moving up to the Sopra line from the Kanta No1s that I have now.
The question is, can I move from the Kanta 1 to the Sopra 1 and realize a better midrange sound, or would this move me a more lateral move without much to gain?

I currently pair the Kantas with 3 JL Audio E110 subs because this room does double duties for both 2ch and home theater. I would do the same with the Sopras.
I really like the idea of staying with a smaller bookshelf design for this room, which is why Iím attempting to avoid another set of floor standing speakers like the Kanta 2 or Sopra 2. My room is just under 300sqft with 8í ceiling.

Would love to hear from others who use the Sopra 1 or went from the Kanta 1 to another Focal speaker, and why.

Thank you!

Hubbman 06-16-2021 01:18 PM

Sopra No1 vs Utopia Diablo iii
 
Okay, so new development here. Came accross a pair of Diablo iii that are very near the cost of the Sopra 1's.

Wondering if the new tech in the Sopra is a smarter move, or are the Diablos on a whole different level as the price my indicate?
I like both speaker designs, and I like the idea of having the Utopia line... but I just wonder if the trickle down, plus new technology development means a better Sopra speaker. BTW, I would be ourchasing either speaker on the used market..

I would welcome and perspective from those who have experienced both.

Thank you!


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