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post #1111 of 1114 Old 01-29-2015, 07:42 AM - Thread Starter
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Well, I have had some sort of Focal speaker for over 10 years now. I went from the Electra 927be and cc-901 to what I have now which is the Electra 1027be+CC1000be+Chorus 705's for surrounds. I like them very much. In my room(which is treated) and my equipment I don't find them bright at all. The older series was but not the ones I have, again to me. They are really good for music but they are also very nice for movies. I have found that any flaws they may find in a movie were not distracting. In fact, I really can't hear any flaws. I just watched a DVD rip last night. No Country for Old Men. That movie sounded amazing. Not harsh at all. Not fatiguing either. On all my movies, they sound great. Plus I have had other people over who don't have Focal, but have Triad or Legacy speakers and they have NEVER complained about the sound being harsh or letting you hear what's wrong with the soundtrack.

I have heard the 1028's in a store with music only. They sounded fantastic to me. All the music and songs they were playing sounded great.

Even on my system, if I play a non-audiophile band like TOOL or Audioslave, the, music sounds really good. When I watch a BR rip or DVD rip of a movie, again, they sound really good. Let me put it this way. If I had 8ft of snow at my house(like some people do now), I would have no problem watching movie after movie. I know I could do that and not get tired of the sound. Now are they for you?, I can't say. I know people like different sounds. For me they are dynamic enough but I can tell you from experience, there are other speakers that are more dynamic. If you ask me if I am happy with what I have I would have to answer hell yes. And again, my friends who come over, say that I have a really outstanding sounding system. And one of these people has heard a lot of different systems. I say give them another chance. It could have been the room that made them sound that way. Don't let the fact that they may be too revealing turn you off to them. I have well over 200 movies and shows at my disposal. Not once did I think that they were letting me hear too much of what was in the movie in a bad way. But that's just me. I don't know what other speakers you are thinking about but to me, the Focal's warrant a chance.
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I hate doing these dinky little updates, but since I got it, I want to keep a record of it. Last week I got a RAID. It's not what %100 recommended drive wise, but I think I will be OK. That just added another 18TB of storage. I have already been putting stuff on and I really like it. Even though I plan on putting stuff that people normally wouldn't put on, I think the space should last me for a nice long time. I can deal with the extra noise. I just can't live with the extra lights. So I am going to get some light dims and take care of that issue. So that's it. I still really like the way it sounds(my system not the RAID ), even when watching Interstellar.

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I'm not sure what you mean by "light dims", but electrical masking tape often works well

Interstellar has gotten both good and bad reviews for its soundtrack. The bass is great, but some people complain that the dialog is hard to understand in a few scenes. (My understanding is that was a directorial decision.)

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These are light dims.
http://www.lightdims.com/store.htm

I figured for the price, I would give them a shot and it would look nicer than tape .

As far as Interstellar goes, I had no problem at all In My System understanding the dialog. But I did have to turn it up louder for someone else who has a hard time hearing movies in my room anyway. As an experiment, I will watch it again, at some point, with Dynamic Volume engaged in my Integra. My understanding is that it lowers the loud effects and raises the spoken words. We shall see. But again, as is, at -17 I was fine with the movie and dialog with the movie.

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