Those are both speakers that should sound very good, but I would never make an irrevocable commitment without hearing them in my own room with my own equipment for a few days. The sound will be much different than what you hear at a dealer.
Make sure that you can return them for a full refund if you don't like what you hear.
My choice between the two would be the Focal 826V, but those are both very good speakers, and it is going to come down to which sounds better in your home with your gear. One concern I would have is that Focal lists a minimum impedance of 2.9 ohms for that speaker, and many HT receivers are not able to properly drive an impedance that low.
The Paradigm also drops to 3.7 ohms at around 200 Hz, according to the test results in Stereophile, so that is again a concern, but not quite so extreme.
I would talk to the tech support people at Pioneer about that impedance issue.
Actually, though, since we are talking about a pair of speakers that cost well over $2000, I would actually purchase a set of Vandersteen 2C speakers; that would be my first choice in that price category. Its impedance also is higher and would be a better load to drive with your receiver.
Originally Posted by txhouse
I will be making my speaker purchase next Friday and have narrowed it down to the Focal Chorus 826V and CC800V and the Paradigm Studio 60v.5 and cc590v.5
I have heard the chorus 700 series but not the 800 so I am going off hearing the lower level of the Focal's. I have heard the paradigm studio series and I really liked both. I like both about evenly and the price is about the same for both as well. Both auditions were in a treated room powered by nothing but an AVR.
These will be powered off of a Pioneer Elite VSX-52 for now but later I am hoping to add an XPA-3.
My question to you all is what might I hear different in an open living room versus a treated sound room and which of these speakers might be better off for that purpose.
Btw this is going to be used for a 80/20 mix of movies to music.
Thanks in advance for the help.