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I have a fairly large listening room, with around 5400 cubic feet, circa 150 cubic meters. It's an open floor plan so it isn't properly square or rectangular. I have hardwood floors and lots of other flat surfaces (I'll post some pics I posted in an old post later). I want to upgrade my Focal 807's, which I really like, but which aren't up to the task of filling that size room.

I'm quite open, I'm considering PSB Imagine T's, Klipsch, but I have dealers with KEF, Quadral, Magnat, B&W, and Paradigm. I have an Onkyo TX-NR708 which is nominal 180w/ch. It's 4 years old and I'm not to keen on getting some speakers that will be incredibly difficult to drive. I have a BK sub (the amp on which has started to hum the past six months or so), so the towers don't necessarily need to be bass beasts, although I wouldn't say no. I'm about 50/50 movies/music.

My budget is about USD 2k-2.5k. Would the Imagine T's be large enough to fill that space. Any other suggestions based on this criteria?
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Buy some rugs.

If you like the Focal sound why not just buy Focal floorstanders?

Also funny mention BK subs and humming, I was considering BK but humming seems to be a common problem.

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Focal's are in the running as well. I find Foals to be incredibly neutral and balanced just not necessarily the cheapest. Here are some pics add well.




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http://www.musicdirect.com/p-139685-focal-chorus-836v-tower-speakers-pr.aspx

I bet these would sound really nice in your room, especially with a sub. Their sensitivity rating is 92db.
Music direct states they have a 30 day money back guarantee, so if they don't fill your room with the sound you're seeking, get your money back.

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http://www.musicdirect.com/p-139685-focal-chorus-836v-tower-speakers-pr.aspx

I bet these would sound really nice in your room, especially with a sub. Their sensitivity rating is 92db.
Music direct states they have a 30 day money back guarantee, so if they don't fill your room with the sound you're seeking, get your money back.

This is a good recommendation, since you like the Focal sound, stick with it. A tower speaker is going to have a higher output and offer more dynamic sound.

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I live in Switzerland so musicdirect isn't an option unfortunately. I did call my local Focal dealer (there's only one within driving distance) and he would be able to sell me the 836Vs for 2050 Swiss Francs (currently about USD 2300) as a closeout price. It's a good deal, then I saw the new Aria 936s http://www.focal.com/en/aria-900/446-aria-936-3544057691301.html. They are the replacement for the 836Vs, have the new chassis/driver technology and an improved tweeter. A pair with black finish would be about 1k more, but they are gorgeous and new technology and all. The focal dealer has the Aria's for listening, but the 836Vs he would have to order and I'm not sure he would order them without me buying them since they are discontinued.

The reviews I've read of the Arias have all been positive so far. The 948s look amazing, but their impedance dips down to 2.8 at 100Hz and I'm not sure my Onkyo 708 could handle driving them at high levels (plus they are 3800 for the black finish and I can't sell that price to SWMBO). The frequency response looks good for the 936 and they're rated down to 39Hz +/- 3dB and down to 32 +/- 6dB.
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Those Aria 936 are beautiful, I think if you can swing it, buy the better speakers. You might end up with buyer's remorse going with the 836; you may even be able to leverage a better deal on the new ones cool.gif

Fortunately your Onkyo has pre-outs, so you can always add an external stereo amp if you need a little more juice.

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Well, I just got tacit approval from the wife to buy the 948s, so now I'm thinking about furniture arrangement and potential amp additions to satisfy them.... It's going to be expensive, but given that I doubt I'll be buying again any time in the next many years, if the 948s sounds as goods as I think they will, then I will be very happy. I'll go in the coming weeks to demo both the 948 and the 936s....
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Well, I just got tacit approval from the wife to buy the 948s, so now I'm thinking about furniture arrangement and potential amp additions to satisfy them.... It's going to be expensive, but given that I doubt I'll be buying again any time in the next many years, if the 948s sounds as goods as I think they will, then I will be very happy. I'll go in the coming weeks to demo both the 948 and the 936s....

Fantastic! Those are sure to sound incredible, but yes definitely look into an amp as their impedance dips pretty low.

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