I have been juggling the idea of mixing my speaker brands. I am using Focal 700 series for the front, center and sub, but am not sure their in ceiling speakers would do the job. Someone told me I should use an in ceiling speaker that can be directed at the primary audience. Therefore, it looks like I will need a different brand speaker to achieve this. Does anyone have a recommendation? I do not want to spend more than $1500 for the pair.
Is there a room above? If you are happy with the Focal Chorus line, I am inclined to tell you to stick with their in-ceiling model. That said, they are not an enclosed speaker and they have an open baffle design. If there is a bedroom or other living area above this space you will get bleed through from the speakers without an enclosure and some insulation in your ceiling. If you do have living space above, there are some enclosed speaker options out there in your price range that will work. Likewise, I would check to see if Focal sells an enclosure for the speaker you referenced above. Some audio companies sell a separate enclosure for their open baffle models.