Originally Posted by bfreedma
Why don't you spend a few minutes reading up on the design concepts in play here before assuming you know more about speaker design than the Focal engineers?
Good post. I heard the little brother of the Grande Utopia EM, the Stella Utopia EM, just today at Overture AV in Wilmington DE. At $90,000, these are only half the price of the Grande's:
They had a show featuring these speakers mated with Spectral electronics. These were definitely in the top 5 of all speakers I've ever heard. Breathtaking. They threw a huge, 3-Dimensional image with instruments placed in space and seemingly unrelated to the physical speakers. I'm not a "2-Channel" guy, but these could definitely change my mind.
They had a factory rep there who spent considerable time explaining the design considerations, including the inverted dome tweeters, the light weight beryllium tweeter drivers, the magnet and cone structures of the midrange drivers, the unique electro-magnetic woofer, the overbuilt construction techniques of the individual cabinets for each driver, the aiming system for the cabinets, etc., etc. Clearly the Focal engineers know what they're doing. There is absolutely ZERO "convergenge, interference, et al."
And BTW, Chikoo, "et al" refers to a group of people
, not a group of loudspeaker characteristics.