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post #6481 of 6496 Old 06-05-2014, 10:26 PM
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It sounds great to me. For example, in older systems I've had, even with speakers that were same drivers and timbre matched, when voice would pan from left to center, i could hear the transition. I would attribute this more to the crossovers in the speakers. I don't get this issue with the focals. They blend perfectly.

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Does anybody know what kind of insulation do they use inside in the  focal aria range of speakers or in the chorus 800 series. Rock wool,. glass wool , or some other kind ? 

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I've got Focal 716V 2.5-way towers, matching center, and older JMLab Tantal 507 bookshelf rears, powered by a Denon X2000. I have a Rythmik FV15HP sub on the way. Any advice on where to set the crossover point between the speakers and sub?

I figured I'd start with the textbook 80hz "small" speaker setting, but obviously my speakers (even the rears) can go a lot lower than that. To be clear, this is for home theater. For music (I listen to a lot of classical, especially solo and chamber) I'm guessing I'll prefer to let the towers do their stereo thing via the "pure direct" mode and turn off the sub.

Of course there'll be some classical music (organ, and even orchestral) where I'll want the sub to supplement the towers, in a perfect world I'd have two crossover settings, maybe an 80hz one for home theater and a 40hz one for music where I want the sub, but I don't think the Denon will allow me to store two different crossover settings (by all means correct me if I'm mistaken).

And yes, I know it's minor sacrilege to at least some here to power these speakers with this AVR, or to reduce these speakers to a "small" home theater role, but it is what it is--feedback welcome given my constraints, as opposed to a perfect world in which I had dedicated movie and music systems or a much more expensive AVR. Thanks!
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I've got Focal 716V 2.5-way towers, matching center, and older JMLab Tantal 507 bookshelf rears, powered by a Denon X2000. I have a Rythmik FV15HP sub on the way. Any advice on where to set the crossover point between the speakers and sub?

I figured I'd start with the textbook 80hz "small" speaker setting, but obviously my speakers (even the rears) can go a lot lower than that. To be clear, this is for home theater. For music (I listen to a lot of classical, especially solo and chamber) I'm guessing I'll prefer to let the towers do their stereo thing via the "pure direct" mode and turn off the sub.

Of course there'll be some classical music (organ, and even orchestral) where I'll want the sub to supplement the towers, in a perfect world I'd have two crossover settings, maybe an 80hz one for home theater and a 40hz one for music where I want the sub, but I don't think the Denon will allow me to store two different crossover settings (by all means correct me if I'm mistaken).

And yes, I know it's minor sacrilege to at least some here to power these speakers with this AVR, or to reduce these speakers to a "small" home theater role, but it is what it is--feedback welcome given my constraints, as opposed to a perfect world in which I had dedicated movie and music systems or a much more expensive AVR. Thanks!
Okay, so my towers are rated to 50 hz, my center is rated to 61 hz, and my surrounds are rated to 62 hz (which surprises me, they feel like they hit fairly low, in a large space without corner loading). So I'm thinking the standard 80 hz crossover to the sub is probably the best choice, though I could perhaps go as low as 60 hz to let the towers do their thing more on music.
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Just got finished listening to the Electra 1000Be2 and WOW they were awesome. Driven buy a 16K Devailet amp. Pretty sure I want to pull the trigger on the Electra's but someone is really pushing me to listen to the Aerial 7T's before I make a purchase.

Now it's time to shop for best price on the Electra and also need to figure out what pre/dac/amp combo to go with.
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Hi all, new to Focal nirvana and seeking advice. I bought Chorus 816V with a CC700 center channel and i'm wondering if there is a notable difference with the CC800V center channel and if it's worth the trade. The stuff in my sig is my previous setup which is all on sale (only the speakers, not the sub or avr).

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Hi all, new to Focal nirvana and seeking advice. I bought Chorus 816V with a CC700 center channel and i'm wondering if there is a notable difference with the CC800V center channel and if it's worth the trade. The stuff in my sig is my previous setup which is all on sale (only the speakers, not the sub or avr).
I only have the 700 series so I can't give you a comparison, but I wouldn't expect a big difference in sound. I find the CC700 a bit lacking in bass and the CC800V has a bigger enclosure (still sealed though), so that may be a plus. Otherwise the specs are very similar, so it's probably more a matter of aesthetics than sound.

All assuming it's the new (2013) CC700 you have!
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Question for you guys. I am between the Focal 1038 and the Aerial 7T speakers. Once that decision is made I'd like to add pieces to the system slowly and hopefully can avoid buying speakers, DVD/CD player, pre amp and amp...or integrated all at once.

I have a few unused amps right now. Could I use one of these amps to power the speakers, lets say the Focal 1038be, till I really decide on power....Crest CC4000, iNuke6000dsp or an Emotiva XPA-5?

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Question for you guys. I am between the Focal 1038 and the Aerial 7T speakers. Once that decision is made I'd like to add pieces to the system slowly and hopefully can avoid buying speakers, DVD/CD player, pre amp and amp...or integrated all at once.

I have a few unused amps right now. Could I use one of these amps to power the speakers, lets say the Focal 1038be, till I really decide on power....Crest CC4000, iNuke6000dsp or an Emotiva XPA-5?

Thanks.
As per the manufacturer's specs, the efficiency rating is 93 db so it's not like you're trying to push Magnepans or some other black hole, power sucking speakers. Any of those amps will do fine.

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I only have the 700 series so I can't give you a comparison, but I wouldn't expect a big difference in sound. I find the CC700 a bit lacking in bass and the CC800V has a bigger enclosure (still sealed though), so that may be a plus. Otherwise the specs are very similar, so it's probably more a matter of aesthetics than sound.

All assuming it's the new (2013) CC700 you have!

It's not the 2013, dont know what year it is, i bought it used and has the JM Lab/focal name on it. What's the difference with the 2013 CC700?

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It's not the 2013, dont know what year it is, i bought it used and has the JM Lab/focal name on it. What's the difference with the 2013 CC700?
The updated 700 series was introduced in 2013, before that it was called 700V. But if yours says JM Lab it's definitely quite a bit older and nothing I wrote above applies
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It's not the 2013, dont know what year it is, i bought it used and has the JM Lab/focal name on it. What's the difference with the 2013 CC700?

Nevermind, i ordered the CC800V.

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Nevermind, i ordered the CC800V.

Good call
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It's not the 2013, dont know what year it is, i bought it used and has the JM Lab/focal name on it. What's the difference with the 2013 CC700?
The original Chorus CC700 was from ~2002 and looks like this:

The CC700 was replaced in 2004 with the CC700S. Next was the CC700V in ~2006. That model lasted till 2013 when they went back to Chorus 700CC.
The first upgrade greatly refined the highs, and also changed the woofers. All the following revisions continued to upgrade the tweeter, but I believe the woofers remained the same.
FWIW, I had the CC700S, and it was the worst speaker in the Chorus S line.
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Got the 800v yesterday and it's a beauty plus it is ported.

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I tried to search but I am not sure what to search for to find a speaker stand. The picture is showing a focal speaker set up so I thought this would be the place to start looking.

I would like to know if anyone here knows what stands the 1008BE are on, I thought they looked pretty cool and want to read up on them.

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