So I finally got the chance to visit this Premiere Audio store, and it's very classy and exotic/expensive looking. Decor and the speakers were fancy and plentiful. Initially the salesman was kind of rude to me since he didn't expect me to pay for anything, the fact I look like I'm 16 years old with longish hair, and because I looked "too" casual and looked somewhat desecrate. Good news is he warmed up to me later on while I was testing both the Focals and Paradigms.
I listened to a couple of CD quality audio using their Marantz amplifier with special speaker wire that apparently cost $250 per foot:eek:
They didn't have any Focal 807s or 806s, so I had to listen to the 706V. I honestly couldn't really tell the difference between the two, though I think maybe the Studio 10s were just extremely slightly
better for male vocals. I got chills when listening to the salesman's Jennifer Warren CD, and the guy stepped in. Didn't bother to listen to the floorstanders, and may do so in a few weeks.
My LAME 3.98 encoded songs like Cranberries and Belly sounded pretty awful on both speakers which surprised me quite a bit. I LOVE the Cranberries and so I was worried. This was the first 2 songs I tested on the Studio 10's.
Again, couldn't tell the difference and the guy said the 806s sound slightly better than the 706s, and called it an "evolution".
So I purchased (didn't leave with them
) a pair of store demo, Paradigm Studio 10v5s in rosenut (maybe a dozen hours on them) for $997.50 (tax included). It was normally listed at $1198 for a new pair but I decided to save the $200 since this demo had no damage or any problems with it.I am still contemplating about going back to the Focals, and see if I can get the piano high gloss black of the 800 series from AudioGon and Canuckaudiomart.com. My only fear is paying a stranger with PayPal and never seeing the speakers delivered to my address. Anyone have any experience with either site?
I see a pair of high gloss 806s and 800 center channel for Focal on AudioGon, and would rather save money and sacrifice "some" style. The black piano finish looks amazing in person!
He also said speaker wire makes a big difference even on these bookshelfs and said he sold $33000 worth of speaker wire that was 25 ft long. He was a nice guy overall --knows his stuff, talked about exotic cars from his clients, to Porsches, to Meridian and all kinds of cool stories