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Upgraded to focal scala recently.
Definitely love it
Very nice!! These are the v2? Any plans to rearrange the room further? Did you by chance audition the Sopras?
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Very nice!! These are the v2? Any plans to rearrange the room further? Did you by chance audition the Sopras?

Ya. That is Scala v2. Decided on scala over sopra even the extra premium.

I had home trial of scala v2 and sopra #2 few weeks ago. Scala is definitely more superior.

Scala delivers wider sound stage and the imaging and depth is more superior. The beryllium tweeter of scala is different than sopra. Scala high is so smooth. Not saying sopra high is edgy but in comparison scala is much smoother.



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Ya. That is Scala v2. Decided on scala over sopra even the extra premium.

I had home trial of scala v2 and sopra #2 few weeks ago. Scala is definitely more superior.

Scala delivers wider sound stage and the imaging and depth is more superior. The beryllium tweeter of scala is different than sopra. Scala high is so smooth. Not saying sopra high is edgy but in comparison scala is much smoother.



Very nice aesthetically they over power your room!
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Ya. That is Scala v2. Decided on scala over sopra even the extra premium.

I had home trial of scala v2 and sopra #2 few weeks ago. Scala is definitely more superior.

Scala delivers wider sound stage and the imaging and depth is more superior. The beryllium tweeter of scala is different than sopra. Scala high is so smooth. Not saying sopra high is edgy but in comparison scala is much smoother.



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So I have narrowed my search of speakers down to the Revel performa3 f208s or the Focal 948s. Will the 948s match well with the aria center and the other focal in Wall and ceiling speakers? Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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So I have narrowed my search of speakers down to the Revel performa3 f208s or the Focal 948s. Will the 948s match well with the aria center and the other focal in Wall and ceiling speakers? Any suggestions will be appreciated.
My vote is for the Revel F208s. However, I'm biased because I have them in a 2-ch setup.
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Hi,

Newbie here. I recently demoed several speakers and decided to get the Focal 936. The dealer was very helpful on changing the speakers so I could try B&W, Revel, etc. The problem is that the dealer wasn't very helpful on the amplifier. Given what I have read and my budget, I know that I want an integrated amplifier. But the dealer said the amp "wouldn't make any difference. I should just go with the Rotel RA 1570."

Is this true? If not, what should I do? Most importantly, any recommendations for an integrated amp to go with the Focal 936?

I listen to jazz and classical. Will use it primarily for streaming from Tidal.

Thanks.
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Hi,

Newbie here. I recently demoed several speakers and decided to get the Focal 936. The dealer was very helpful on changing the speakers so I could try B&W, Revel, etc. The problem is that the dealer wasn't very helpful on the amplifier. Given what I have read and my budget, I know that I want an integrated amplifier. But the dealer said the amp "wouldn't make any difference. I should just go with the Rotel RA 1570."

Is this true? If not, what should I do? Most importantly, any recommendations for an integrated amp to go with the Focal 936?

I listen to jazz and classical. Will use it primarily for streaming from Tidal.

Thanks.
Budget?

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Budget?
I'm willing to spend $2,000 to $3,000 for an integrated amp.
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I'm willing to spend $2,000 to $3,000 for an integrated amp.
In that price range, Parasound's integrated amp would probably be tough to beat. I'm sure there's nothing wrong with the Rotel (I have no direct experience with that specific model and have always had positive impressions of their products), but it kind of sounds like the dealer was recommending an item that he happens to carry that fits within your budget rather than recommending the best product within your budget.

If you shop around a little bit, you can probably find a nice discount on the Parasound. I'm not sure if the AVS store carries Parasound but are worth checking with (ping poster JDSmoothie who is extremely helpful and works for the AVS store), poster SteveH (Sound Video) sells Parasound and there's a store named Safe & Sound in Chicopee, MA that carries a lot of Parasound B-stock items which are nicely discounted and include a full warranty. I have personally purchased items from all 3 sources and they're all excellent to buy from.
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I'd go for a used Simaudio. Moon products with Focal are a match made in heaven. I dont have enough $$$$ for it. I only have the Moon Neo 280D dac.

Focal Aria 936, 807V, SVS PB2000, OPPO 103D, MRX 500, Simaudio Moon Neo 280D, BC Acoustique EX362.
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Oh and by the way the way the amp will make a difference, just not on the same scale as swapping speakers.

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So I have narrowed my search of speakers down to the Revel performa3 f208s or the Focal 948s. Will the 948s match well with the aria center and the other focal in Wall and ceiling speakers? Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Focal by far. I'm not biased, have owned both. Couldn't sell the Revels fast enough. Everyone I know who is into audio agreed. They sound positively claustrophobic compared to the Focals.

Don't let the Harman machine fool you.

And yes the 948's work perfect with the Aria center. Cross the center over at 80hz and you're golden.
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Focal by far. I'm not biased, have owned both. Couldn't sell the Revels fast enough. Everyone I know who is into audio agreed. They sound positively claustrophobic compared to the Focals.

Don't let the Harman machine fool you.

And yes the 948's work perfect with the Aria center. Cross the center over at 80hz and you're golden.
Thanks, what about the Focal in ceiling and in wall speakers? I want to go 7.2.4 and might need to use in wall for the surrounds and the height channels

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Anyone from the Los Angeles area have a dealer they have had a good experience with? I really want to to be able to hear them in person, but most of the dealers they list on the Focal website are installers or they don't carry the Aria series.
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Anyone from the Los Angeles area have a dealer they have had a good experience with? I really want to to be able to hear them in person, but most of the dealers they list on the Focal website are installers or they don't carry the Aria series.
Really? In LA?!
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Really? In LA?!
Yeah its a pain to find a real dealer that is authorized that actually has anything to demo. Most are custom installers that don't have an audition room.
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Anybody ever try the Aria series with the center channel from the electra series? I want a very robust center and the electra looks to be the one, unless it won't blend well with the aria 948s

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Anybody ever try the Aria series with the center channel from the electra series? I want a very robust center and the electra looks to be the one, unless it won't blend well with the aria 948s
Absolutely. I did for awhile. Definitely blends extremely well.

To be honest, if you have good subs, I'd do 1008be bookshelf speakers and their matching stands instead of 948's. I'm serious. They're that good.
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Thanks I might have to consider that... I was worried that the electra Center channel wouldn't blend correctly... Thanks for your experience

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picked up a pair of Aria 936's and CC900 in black gloss. Cant wait to get them set up

I do have a question on a amp for them tho. For home theatre use the will be driven by a yamaha RX-A2060. For the 2ch side of my system I currently use a Macintosh MA6100 for a power amp along with a Macintosh C48 Preamp. The MA6100 was great with my departing Klipsch Cornwalls but I know it does not have the sound I will want with the Aria's.

I see that Moon and Rotel are highly recommended but I have a $2500(CAD) budget and would like to get the best bang for my buck on the used market. anything I should keep my eye out for that match well with the 936's?

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I do have a question on a amp for them tho. For home theatre use the will be driven by a yamaha RX-A2060. For the 2ch side of my system I currently use a Macintosh MA6100 for a power amp along with a Macintosh C48 Preamp. The MA6100 was great with my departing Klipsch Cornwalls but I know it does not have the sound I will want with the Aria's.

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Wait, why are you assuming you won't like the arias on the gear you already have? They will sound great with the Macintosh stuff.... you're creating a problem for no reason.
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Years ago I worked at an electronics store that went out of business.

Before I left, I snagged unbelievable deals on my current setup [Center: Focal 814V, L/R: Focal 714Vs, SRs: Klipsch bookshelf speakers I will replace somedat, and a Denon AVR1911].

Using a floorspeaker as a center is a little odd and will not work on the living room configuration my wife and I are setting up.

First, what Center should I look at replacing the 814v with to match? The CC700V? The CC700? Is anything else close?

Second, is there a market for a single 814V out there so I can sell my center? Or, what could I expect to pay for another 814V, and I could sell my 714V pair? This stuff isn't "current" so it's a bit hard to price out.

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I bought a 800v cc used here on forums. accessories4less still sells 700v. Im have a 900cc now and its pretty similar to 800v.

Power: Marantz sr7008, NAD C 275Bee x 2, Video: Oppo 103, Samsung 75un6300
Speakers: Focal aria 948, Focal cc900, Klipsch synergy KSF 10.5 Subs: Velodyne HGS 12, VA 1512, Rythmik FV15HP
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newbie coming in.
I have owned a pair of JBL northridge N38 floor standing speakers for more than a a decade. I wasn't that impressed the first time i used them, but over the years I feel as no other speaker beats their sound THAT MUCH.
However, I came across this store that it is the only retailer of these focal chorus 726 speakers in my country. They sell them for 2100$ which is the best bargain ever in my whereabouts.
My question is, will the focal speakers really be worth the squeeze? Will I notice a day-and-night difference?
I am asking because there might be a small chance that someone in this thread and forum has experienced my current speakers and the chorus.

As you can see, i am a true newbie here. Any comment is more than welcome, but i'll appreciate more if it helps with my doubts.
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Any one owns their new line the Sopra?

Also any dealers willing to deal in San Diego?
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Focal 300 ICW6 Flax

Hello.

I'm considering some inceiling speakers for my new home. I really want to run in ceiling for the clean set up look. I've owned flax components before. Loved the sound in a active set up.
I noticed these bad boys from focal. Does anyone have any input on focal in ceiling speakers ? My plan was to run two in ceiling with a subwoofer . So basically a 2.1 set up.
Any input would be great.

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