Ok I got a chance to listen to the Focal's Chorus I mentioned above and Focal's 918SIG,908SIG with matching center(CC908SIG) and the Montior Audio GS10's and RS6's used the GSLCR with both.
Focal Chorus's: They were very nice sounding,they had a wide dispersion and nice mid range. Aesthetically they were the least favorite. The highs were very good also.
With movies they did a good job also. The wide dispersion came in handy here. I dont remember what sub we used but it did not get muddy with it.The center could have been a little clearer(compared to the Signature series,see below).
Focal Signature's: Well they had discontinued 918SIG towers, 908SIG bookshelves and CC908SIG center that they hooked up for us to compare(to the Chorus's). We were told they were higher end speakers from past year. With music these were hands down better than the Chorus's. More detail,clarity and just overall sounded better. They didnt have as wide a dispersion as the Chorus and the mid range was not there as well as the Chorus but was very close and I think that is why they were more clear.
For movies again the dispersion was not as wide and the mid range wasnt as good as the Chorus but again it was very close and the sub kinda evened-out that. the center was alot better than the Chorus's. Aesthetically they are a lot better looking than the Chorus's as a matter fact they are great looking
Overall we liked the the Signature series better. Can't believe how much the signatures went for originally.
I had a chance to listen to a pair of Monitor Audio GS10's with the GSLCR center and a pair of RS-FX's as rears. We also got a chance to listen to a pair of RS6's in place of the GS10's.
RS6's sounded great with music and they were very clear and the mid range was well rounded. Overall the speakers were very nice and were in as good as the Focal signatures(or at least very close).
With movies they did a very good job also. no matter where we sat they sounded very good the mid range were very good and did not get muddled with the 15" Earthquake sub we were using.
OK the RS10's:
We were floored! RS10's were in a completely other realm! With music they just floored us! These speakers were so accurate,clear precise, it sounded like the artist was right there singing it live. Dispersion was perfect and so transparent,As a matter a fact I think if you listen to bad recordings it will show on these speakers. There were a couple of times we thought they got a little "tinny"(I think that is how you would spell it) but we realized it was the recording we were listening to and not the speakers getting "tinny".
If I have to say anything bad about them is they may be to transparent(I'm not sure it's a bad thing
). I can guarantee you I am not expressing how well these speakers performed,not even close.
With movies again they were great accurate,clear and right on! I thought with the RS6's being floorstanding ,they would do better with the mid range but they wernt any better. It wasnt the sub because on music they produced just a well as the RS6's in the mid range. The center is very very good and sounded very clear and just blended perfectly with the 10's.
Well I think you can tell which speaker was the best in this and hands down!
I will tell you this is all subjective so take it for what it's worth.
The Focal's we listened to were in a showroom at Showcase Entertainment which was an enclosed room. The Monitor Audio's was at a Custom installers living room open room,two story with carpet.
Locally the Focal's will not even be considered since they were in the $4400 price range. The best price we could get on line (someone on here
) would be around $2800 and that is for the Chorus line. The RS6's sounded better than the Chorus's significantly and are a lot cheaper. The GS10's are about $300 more than the Focal's and the GS10's just blew them out of the water,it is not even close between them.
Again there are a lot of varibles that can affect all this and I understand this but I'm just putting this out for people to take whatever they want to out of it.
For us the GS10's are over what we wanted to spend and had we heard the RS6's without the GS10's right next to them,we would be picking the RS6's over the Focal's. They were as good as the Focal's but the RS6's are alot cheaper.
I hope this helps people and again this is a layman's opinion.