I listened to the Focals at a local store and loved the sound, though I have to get the good speaker wire in order to have it playing nicely.
I have seen some nice bookshelf/monitors on Audiogon today, and I'm tempted to buy a pair to use solely for listening to music CDs and lossless files.
The great thing is some of these retailed for twice as much or close to it.
The Focals are demos in the store, but are $599 with no cosmetic or internal damage. Goal is to make listening to music with female vocals, like Tori Amos, Suzanne Vega, The Sundays, Lacuna Coil, etc sound even more sensual and thrilling.
Focals were darned great, but I think I can find an even better pair on Audiogon.