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post #5161 of 6497 Old 03-18-2012, 06:13 PM
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Would any 1038BE owners here care to check the measurements of their shipping boxes?

Why let facts or common sense get in the way of your opinions.

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You could alway get all four! put the REL's up front and the JL in the rear! That should go great for music and HT!


...only if i had your money!!!
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Depends on where your at?

Florida, but I wouldn't mind buying elsewhere, with free-shipment though

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Florida, but I wouldn't mind buying elsewhere, with free-shipment though

This is my dealer: http://www.hansonav.com/ Hanson Audio Video, LLC

Phone: (937) 293-6200. Check them out they are very good and pleasant to work with. also seen a pair of FOCAL 826w in red on audiogon.com
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Florida, but I wouldn't mind buying elsewhere, with free-shipment though

https://www.apscompass.com/dealer-locator.aspx
Make sure you select Focal in the drop down menu
Put your address in there and you should find whatever dealer is near you.
Make sure you put in your full address(street city state zip)
ex 11 state street newton NJ 12345

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Thanks a bunch guys

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I have had my 1027's for a number of years. But, until recently, I never bothered to care if they were spiked or not. It turns out they were not. I have a carpet floor. It is not super plush or anything like that, but it does sink a bit. I also did not know that the port, which is a slot formation, is underneath the speaker. So that port was probably flush with the ground and really not doing much. Well, I did spike them. I can tell right away that there is a difference. The bass is more defined which makes sense. But also, voices and the mid range are also much better. I would suggest to anyone who has not spiked their speakers, to give it a try. I think you will like the results.

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Another thing to try, as the cost is minimal, is to grab some suitable large floor/wall tiles, bond them together with Blutak or some other similar gloop and place the spiked speakers on them. In the UK I used £20 ($25) packs of 5 tiles, 600mm x 300mm, in different colours depending on room and the difference is huge - even doing an Audyssey calibration in the TV room showed the peak at about 80Hz being much more tamed.

Note: I place the Blutak in pea sized lumps in a figure of 5 like on dominos or a pack of cards between each layer.
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Hey all. Need some advice from you owners. No Focal dealers around me so you're all I've got. Sound and performance differences between the 2 series? If I go 800 it will be all bookshelves, If I go 700 it could be 706 all around or 714 or 716 in front and 705 or 706 rear. Also how is the 700 and 800 series subs? Obviously I'll buy either the 700 or 800 CC based on which series I go with. Strengths, weaknesses, comparisons to other speakers, clarity, separation, etc. I need all the help I can get.
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Now I am not sure about the removal of the tweeter covers. But I do keep mine off.

3 years of owning my 806v and I just found out now regarding the covers... I guess the Focals would stay for a bit longer afterall. I love this site!
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I was in the same situation...

I've auditioned the B&W 683 and 684 and the Focal's Chorus 700V and 800V as well.

I did not like the sound of the B&W. The performance has changed since their speaker are done in china.

The Focal 714V and 716V are good, the 716V wins over the 714V due to the extra speaker. However, I felt in love after testing the 816V. They sounded better than the 700V easily. Better crossovers, I wouldn't take any 700 CC. (thank god I could afford the price of the 816V. I wish I had enough money to buy the red 800W limited edition 816W or 826W)

However, I don't know what you budget is.

Good lucky and let us know!




EDIT: I don't know if I helped you since you will take bookshelves....
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I did not like the sound of the B&W. The performance has changed since their speaker are done in china.[/b]

Bro, are there actual differences inside the 700v vs 800v? The cabinet thickness is the same for both. Crossover?

As for stuff made in China, they can make any quality they want there, it all depends on what the company want to offer to the customer. I wouldn't call an iPad a problematic product...
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@Veda

As far as cabinet and speakers is concerned, they are the same. The 800V has a glossy finish which has nothing to do acoustically. Just a better looking design which makes more expensive.

The secret is the crossover. I did notice the quality difference. The voice, the instruments were clear on the 800V...


I totally agree with you. I wouldn't call anything made in china problematic. The point I was making is that their quality hasn't been the same *since* their products are being made in china. I don't know why, trust me, it is just my opinion. I like their old-school products though. I'm a big B&W fan.
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The secret is the crossover. I did notice the quality difference. The voice, the instruments were clear on the 800V...

My experience is same as yours. 806v vs 706v, looks similar, no noticeable difference in material but their sounds are very different. Which made me wonder if it's all in my head. Glad I wasn't imagining it.
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Hey all. Need some advice from you owners. No Focal dealers around me so you're all I've got. Sound and performance differences between the 2 series? If I go 800 it will be all bookshelves, If I go 700 it could be 706 all around or 714 or 716 in front and 705 or 706 rear. Also how is the 700 and 800 series subs? Obviously I'll buy either the 700 or 800 CC based on which series I go with. Strengths, weaknesses, comparisons to other speakers, clarity, separation, etc. I need all the help I can get.

Check out audiogon.com lots of Focal on there a bit cheaper than new!
Focal sub's I think you could do better with other brands, internet direct or I like REL, little expensive though.
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Check out audiogon.com lots of Focal on there a bit cheaper than new!
Focal sub's I think you could do better with other brands, internet direct or I like REL, little expensive though.

A pair of 836v's on there for cheap....
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My experience is same as yours. 806v vs 706v, looks similar, no noticeable difference in material but their sounds are very different. Which made me wonder if it's all in my head. Glad I wasn't imagining it.

Are u using the 806's in a surround setup 5.1 or 2.0 or a 3.0 or a 2.1 or a 3.1? If surround, what are you using for your rears and sub? For the 100 difference I'm thinking of going with maybe 807 for front and 806 for rear or perhaps if anyone has other recommendations for rears like 706's or 705's for the rear. Or will mixing the 700's & 800's be a bad idea even if they are only the surrounds?
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Just placed an order for 1038Be's today, they should arrive next week.

Why let facts or common sense get in the way of your opinions.

Quick shot of my gear/theater.
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Just placed an order for 1038Be's today, they should arrive next week.

Sweet. Those are some serious speakers. We need pics and feed back when you get them setup. What equipment are you using with them. Don't forget to spike them. It should make a difference like it did for me and my 1027's. Better to do it now rather then later.

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Yeah I'm expecting big things from them, haven't heard them but I am coming from a pair of 1028's so I have a good idea of what to expect, should be fun!

I'll be spiking them alright, previously had Sound-O-City outriggers installed on my 1028's and they made a definite improvement to the imaging, soundstage depth/height and bass grip (this even over the included spikes). Have a matching CC1008Be on the way, too. Driving them with an Arcam AVR600 at the moment, will be adding external amplification down the road, not that I really need it, the AVR600 is a beast. Sold my Cambridge Audio Azur 840C so I don't have a great source at the moment but just outputting flac/wav via the HTPC (Foobar2k via RCA Out, WASAPI mode) sounds great for now, no complaints right now but will definitely be adding much, much more to the system.

Will post some pics when I have them set-up!

Love your system, by the way! I'll be ordering a room kit from GIK down the road too

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Yeah I'm expecting big things from them, haven't heard them but I am coming from a pair of 1028's so I have a good idea of what to expect, should be fun!

I'll be spiking them alright, previously had Sound-O-City outriggers installed on my 1028's and they made a definite improvement to the imaging, soundstage depth/height and bass grip (this even over the included spikes). Have a matching CC1008Be on the way, too. Driving them with an Arcam AVR600 at the moment, will be adding external amplification down the road, not that I really need it, the AVR600 is a beast. Sold my Cambridge Audio Azur 840C so I don't have a great source at the moment but just outputting flac/wav via the HTPC (Foobar2k via RCA Out, WASAPI mode) sounds great for now, no complaints right now but will definitely be adding much, much more to the system.

Will post some pics when I have them set-up!

Love your system, by the way! I'll be ordering a room kit from GIK down the road too

Hello AuralXTC, I have a pair of 1038be II's in Basalt and they are absolutely amazing. I have no regrets. I know you will be happy. I have external amplification and I think it makes a big difference. At least for the towers. Here is my set up here.
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Are u using the 806's in a surround setup 5.1 or 2.0 or a 3.0 or a 2.1 or a 3.1?

816 fronts, 806 surrounds, 800cc center, sw800 sub. No sub for the rear just standard 5.1. I'd avoid the 700 series altogether. Not sure if it'll differ much in tonality but I'd rather keep them all of the same series. Actually looking back I'd probably get something else other than Focal for HT. The midrange vocal isn't weighted enough for movies. Probably more accurate but not the same as in actual theaters. Frankly I'd get a PSB instead or some ID brands known for super SPL like JTR or Seaton.
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816 fronts, 806 surrounds, 800cc center, sw800 sub. No sub for the rear just standard 5.1. I'd avoid the 700 series altogether. Not sure if it'll differ much in tonality but I'd rather keep them all of the same series. Actually looking back I'd probably get something else other than Focal for HT. The midrange vocal isn't weighted enough for movies. Probably more accurate but not the same as in actual theaters. Frankly I'd get a PSB instead or some ID brands known for super SPL like JTR or Seaton.

For a more theater like experience, you could consider changing out your sub. I love Focal's speakers, but don't think their subs are in the same league. Same ID brands you mention would be higher performance alternatives.
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Yeah I'm expecting big things from them, haven't heard them but I am coming from a pair of 1028's so I have a good idea of what to expect, should be fun!

I'll be spiking them alright, previously had Sound-O-City outriggers installed on my 1028's and they made a definite improvement to the imaging, soundstage depth/height and bass grip (this even over the included spikes). Have a matching CC1008Be on the way, too. Driving them with an Arcam AVR600 at the moment, will be adding external amplification down the road, not that I really need it, the AVR600 is a beast. Sold my Cambridge Audio Azur 840C so I don't have a great source at the moment but just outputting flac/wav via the HTPC (Foobar2k via RCA Out, WASAPI mode) sounds great for now, no complaints right now but will definitely be adding much, much more to the system.

Will post some pics when I have them set-up!

Love your system, by the way! I'll be ordering a room kit from GIK down the road too

Coming fro m 1028's, I wouid expect big things as well. Godd stuff on the center as well. Matching it will make a huge difference. When I finaly got the CC1000be I could tell right away that it was right just because of how much it improved my front sound stage and pans for movies. Arcam and Focal are supposed to go great together. I know you said you don't thibk you need it, but a high quality seperate amp will really make those speakers sing. Thanks fof the nice words on my system. I can also say that the room treatments from are first class and they will make a huge difference. Plus, they are really good guys to work with. Can't wait for the pics.

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That's a NICE system ejusted. pic's look professional, are you a photographer?
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Hello AuralXTC, I have a pair of 1038be II's in Basalt and they are absolutely amazing. I have no regrets. I know you will be happy. I have external amplification and I think it makes a big difference. At least for the towers. Here is my set up here.

Beautiful...
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Beautiful...

Thanks fellas.....I am not a photographer by no means. I was just having some fun with my camera. I love my speakers so I like to show them off .
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Hello, I recently purchased a pair of demo 1008 BE's at a great deal. My previous speakers were Definitive STS's, so I still have a Mythos 10 center channel that needs to be upgraded. My question is, will I be missing much by going with the new Chorus CC 800 W, rather than the matching 1008 BE CC. The cost difference is fairly subsantial, as is larger size of the speaker - I would have to make some changes to my cabinet if I was to go with the 1008 CC. Has anyone had a chance to compare these two center speakers and if so, was there a major difference? I am currently driving them with a Pioneer SC07 and also a JL Fathom F112 for the lows.
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What brand amp or av receiver do you all use to drive your Focals?
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What brand amp or av receiver do you all use to drive your Focals?

I'll start things off with a mid range avr... Integra DTR 50.2
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