Just came back from PA where I had the privilege of listening to both the Legacy Signature SE's and the Legacy Focus SE's with two great and knowledgeable forum members (Dmark1 and craigjohn). At moderate listening levels, the tonal similarities between the two models made it difficult to discern one's "sound" from the other; however, when pushed to reference, the Focus SE clearly showed who was boss. What a great set of speakers.
Ah, here's an interesting opportunity to poke fun at audio review publications that are scared of saying one speaker is better than another
: The Focus SE's had better, higher imaging than the Signature SE's. When pushed, the Focus SE's effortlessly conveyed material I was familiar with, as well as material that was new to me. The Signature SE's did a remarkable job of media conveyance as well, and in my current setup, they would be more than enough. Looking forward, however, required the pursuit of the Focus SE/Marquis HD front soundstage, as the next theater will require some serious dynamic capabilities.Translation:Audio Publication
: Having heard the Signature SE loudspeakers, i can say that the Focus SE loudspeakers sounded as good as any speaker I've had in my listening room, and, in all likelihood, it's not likely that you will not like, or perhaps, dislike them.
LOL, but seriously, in the last four months or so, I've gone to various dealers and listened to many, many speakers. The Legacy Focus SE speakers had the best imaging I've come across, and the bass extension was phenomenal in both the Signature SE and Focus SE speakers. In the Headfi track "Heartbeat," there was nary a discernible difference with the Submersive on or off. The track goes to about 35Hz.
I need to check my wallet into a rehab clinic, but not before there are Focus Se speakers in my theater room.