Originally Posted by Greg121986
They are phenomenal! I am pleasantly surprised by my Anthem PVA7 and Oppo BDP-105. Of course the 1028 Be is highly efficient, but the amp and digital preamp combo sounds far better than I expected. I do intend to get a new integrated amp with analog volume control as soon as possible, though. There is far more detail and control to be obtained with a better integrated analog amp.
Overall, the Electra is nothing short of wonderful. Movies and TV are just crystal clear. Music is effortless and the response from the Electra is so fast. The bass is tight and much deeper than I expected. I thought I would need a subwoofer, but I will spare the expense and save my neighbors some headaches. The 1028 Be is well controlled into the really low 30 Hz range and fills up the room nicely.
I've got many years of blissful sound ahead of me and I'm really looking forward to it.
Greg, congrats on the 1028's.
I'm returning to AVS after a several year absence since I was researching Plasma TV's. I forgot my password and username so I'm born again so to speak!
In May I decided to sell my B&W CM7 speakers so I started to audition something a few steps up. At first I was gonna stay in the B&W series so I listened to the new CM10, 804D and the Focal1028. I tried to talk myself into just getting the CM10 but after I took my own amp to the store to demo them again, I was hooked on the Focal's. I bought a pair in some new black wood, but it wasn't the shiny Piano Black you normally see in the literature. They also have a new brown color not shown in their literature. My findings about the speakers were exactly like yours.
I was using a NAD M-3 Integrated Amp with a Cambridge 840C and a Bryston BDA-1 DAC. A month down the road I decided to listen to a few other CD Players/Transports and I found all quite different on these speakers. They (speakers) are so clear, detailed and musical the differences were quite dramatic. I ended up with a new Simaudio Neo260D, fed into the Bryston DAC. To be honest, I haven't tried the built-in DAC on the Neo yet so I'm not sure if it will outperform the Bryston. Also, I have an Oppo which I tried into the Bryston DAC, but sadly it didn't cut the mustard, sonically. I use it for everything else, but definately not 2-ch HighEnd Sound.
Last month I decided to "try" a new amp. Well, once I heard a top shelf amp with these speakers, the "try" instantly turned to "keep". I ended up with a Simaudio 740i. It's a very nice match with the Focal Sound. The amp really opened up a window on the sound these speakers are capable of producing.
It's a beautiful speaker and one you will find rewards you immensely with every upgrade further up the line. I'm hearing spatial effects, subtle detail and even extra singers on familiar songs I never heard before. You're in for a fun and learning experience with your speakers.