Originally Posted by mgrobins
I'm mainly a HT guy but do listen to a lot of music (2ch and multi-channel). I like a speaker that provides a large soundstage (wider than the speakers impresses me) and very accurate imaging. Tight, fast response across the entire sound-range and a nice flat response (can cope with some push in the mid-range/upper bass for vocals though). I love bass and good "slam" for movies but not when it overshadows music or other listening.
I think you will be extremely happy with the Focus line! Your description of what you're looking for matches, with almost erie precision, what I would say are the strengths of the Focus.
I have a 5 speaker set (currently with no sub because I'm not yet in my permanent theater room) of 220s, 200c, and 140 rears. I bought them after a lengthy audition process and have been supremely happy with the choice. I wrote a review earlier in this thread which sums up my feelings.
Let me just say, the strengths of the Focus speakers are their fantastic imaging and excellent neutrality. In my auditioning, I felt the Dyns pinpointed the singer and the instruments in a wide and utterly empty (in the good sense of open and spacious) soundfield, to an extent that the other speakers I heard couldn't touch. Now that I own them, that feeling is reinforced every time I listen to them. I also think they are never harsh and never overly boomy in the bass.
Music sounds absolutely stunning, and the power and dynamics of home theater, even with no sub, takes my breath away.
Don't forget that you need a lot of power for the Focus 220s. No Yamaha or Denon receiver with 125X7 is going to do the trick. You need 200 watts per channel into 8 ohms (which is how things are normally rated), but with 4 ohm stability, since that's what the Focus speakers are. I think most people run these things only with separate amps and a pre/pro. That's how I'm driving mine.
Assuming this all sounds good to you. Run, don't walk toward that Focus bargain.