Originally Posted by ttowntony
Uh, Jeff, that was an excellent deal.
Thanks T-Town. Knowing that I didn't get taken advantage of always helps me enjoy a big purchase like this one.
My early review of the Focus speakers is that they are outstanding. I probably have about 100 hours of play on my mains and surrounds (left them playing constantly on 4-ch stereo over the holiday weekend while we were out of town). Maybe 40 hours on my center channel, but it will catch up quickly, as these are our only TV speakers.
Hooked up to my SherwoodNewcastle P-965 pre/pro and Sherbourn 7/2100 amp, I did my first high volume stereo test last night. I listened again to my audition disc that had led me to buy the Focus 220s in the first place. It has a mix of vocal jazz (Diana Krall, Michael Buble, and Fiona Apple), alt. rock (Dave Matthews, XTC, John Mayer, Duncan Sheik, Sting, Frou Frou, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Imogen Heap), opera (O Mio Bambino Caro), and rock and roll (Rolling Stones).
I was, once again, absolutely floored by the precise imaging and openess of the 220s. The vocals on every song, without exception, seemed totally set apart from the rest of the band, and the 220s created the "you are there" illusion as well as any system I could imagine at this price point.
Additionally, (maybe because my living room is smaller than where I auditioned the speakers), I was more impressed by the 220s punch and accurate bass extension, than I had previously been. When I picked these over the Paradigm Studio line, I thought I was giving away some power for clarity. Now, I'm not so sure that's true. Last night, I heard bass lines I never heard with my previous speakers (which were rated to 42hz) and felt the impact of the drums in a new way.
I also did a high volume home theater test, watching one of my favorite HDNet shows for demos, "Nothing But Trailers." As the name implies, it's just a series of high def movie trailers, one after another. Considering that I have no sub, I was very surprised by the bass power of this 5 speaker system (I have my Focus 140 rears set to "small" and crossed at 60hz). It was not the same as having a sub, but it was much closer than I expected, and more than adequate to while away my pre-sub months in this smallish living room. It sounded absolutely great, and the Sherbourn seemed to handle high volume action packed trailers without blinking an eye. I had the pre/pro set to a volume of -5, and didn't feel I would want any more.
Overall, as you can tell, I'm totally satisfied with my purchase. This 5-speaker Focus system absolutely sounds as clean and open and impressive as I hoped it would when I laid down the credit card. As someone who tends to feel the pangs of buyer's remorse whenever I'm in these high dollar situations, that's saying a lot.