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Get the 900 surrounds if you can swing it. They're much more holographic and open, just like the fronts.


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KEF Reference 3s or Focal Sopra n2s? Im having a hard time deciding i love both, anyone have any opinions ?
Both are great speakers, but I think the Sopras have more magic and musicality.

I'm not a KEF fan but I did like the Ref 3 and the bigger ones. I respect them, but I'd absolutely go with the Sopras. They are also infinitely nicer looking if you ask me.
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I listened to the Sopras and man are you right, they do sound magical. The highs and mids are incredible and the soundstage is on another level. End game speakers for sure. Thank you for sharing
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Got the Sopra 3s. Replaced the Focal 1038be. Nice upgrade in all areas. The 1038s sounded amazing with my PrimaLuna amp but the Sopras not so much. Im using a Mark Levinson amp with them and the sound is perfect for me


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Got the Sopra 3s.


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Looks awesome, but why the platter underneath?
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Looks awesome, but why the platter underneath?

Its in a basement with thick carpet, padding and water channels underneath in case of flooding. Doesnt work well with spikes. Plus i have carpet sliders under the platters so its easy to get them positioned and adjust toe in.

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Hey folks,

Who knew my first Focal would be a pair of headphones

I really have enjoyed Focal auditions in the past and although I didn't go in that direction for my home speakers I am trying out their Elear Cans. I am into a few days and I am really loving these headphones thus far. I have not owned many headphones over the years. In my living room I own Sennheiser HD 700 cans and Sennheiser HDVA 600 amp. I have gotten more use out of it then I thought I would especially late night on a Saturday with a drink and don't want to wake the house with my speakers.

I wanted to upgrade from my AKG K550 in the bedroom. Right now I do not have a dedicated headphone amp in the bedroom and I am trying the Focals running thru my bedroom AVR a Yamaha Aventage 2060. The phones in the bedroom are more multi-purpose from CD to streaming to Youtube to a movie.

The Focal Elear are proving very easy to drive and I am having no issues using the Yamaha. They also sound great in the living room via the headphone amp and I think the bass might be in better control.

Was really surprised to come across these although released last year. I don't do a lot of headphone shopping but I wanted something completely different from my Sennheiser 700s. I wanted an easier to drive and perhaps a bit more punchy or dynamic sound. I do not think they are as neutral as my Senns but I am okay with that. Why have two sets of phones that sound almost the same? The lower mids sound a bit relaxed but I think Focal did an outstanding job here. Like speakers every headphone is not for all but if your looking for a set of cans these might be the ticket. Outstanding job Focal. Umm they also introduced those $4k Utopia headphones at the same time so I guess if you are wanting more? Dang phones are pushing the $$$$ envelope.

Anyway, I know this is not the headphone sub-forum but wanted to state how much I am enjoying Focal's latest dive into the headphone arena. These are one great looking (a bit heavy) and sounding can. I think they did a heck of a job with the Elear and we will see what comes with some more break-in.

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