Focus 340 Opinions
Hey All, noob to this forum, and looking for some opinions.
I've had a pair of Focus 110A's for a few years now and have loved them from day 1, but my system has gradually migrated from a desktop setup to a large listening room (25' x 32') and I'm thinking it's time to go super gangster with some floor standers.
Today I demoed these speakers at a local dealer: X34, Focus 260, Focus 340, Confidence C2. Originally, I went in most interested in the X34 (mainly due to the price point), but I came away unimpressed with the X34's. They were ok, but sounded smaller and less "full-bodied" than my 110A's. Next, I listened to the 260's. These sounded more similar to the 110A's, but with a slightly bigger sound and lower end. Then I listened to the 340's and within 30 seconds I was in love. They had a classic fuller tone, but still really detailed, and they really stood out as the sound that appeals to me. I threw 2 full CD's of rock, jazz, vocals, etc. at them and the 340's handled everything well. After the 340's, I gave the C2's a brief spin, even though they are price prohibitive. The C2's certainly had the most detailed, articulate sound. I could see where audiophiles would value their accurate and neutral reproduction, but I found myself going back to the 340's.
So my questions..
I would need to get a decent amp to power them, but how much power do the 340's really need to stand out? I was listening to them on a $10K Bryston amp that obviously had gorilla balls of power, but I can't swing that for an amp. The dealer was recommending a good amount of power with some NAD integrated amp options, including the 390DD, and the 375BEE, and as a cost compromise as 356BEE. I'm not familiar with NAD at all. Other amp suggestions?
How do the 340's perform with tubes in the input stage? I've been running my 110A's off a Schiit Valhalla tube preamp and it sounds good, and with minimal tube coloration from the Valhalla. I've been drooling over the gorgeous Decware tube amps for a while now, but I don't want to compromise optimal speaker performance for some pretty glowing tubes.
After the 340's, I went back and gave the 260's another listen. I could probably be happy with those, because I think they would sound bigger and more 340-like in my larger listening room and with more power, than the smallish room I demoed them in. So that would be my cost compromise option, if I need to spend major coin on amplification. But man...those 340's...