Originally Posted by myap2328
They do differ quite greatly but if you are willing to share, I don't find any problem with that.
I admit that I haven't heard the 705Vs but they may not be all that different; both have a very similar if not identical 5" polyglass drivers and both utilize the 1" TNC tweeters with the key difference with the V-model having moved to the newer "Poron" suspension (plus the arguably sharper-looking tweeter medallion). In any case, they were part of a little system I put together for work but the old Marantz receiver driving them gave up the ghost right about the time I sold my home stereo setup to start again from scratch. In the interim, to fill the void while I rebuild things, I've borrowed my 807Vs from my home office setup and brought the 705Ss in to replace them.
Should you chose to use 705s as nearfields, I believe positioning is critical (which is likely the case for using anything near field). This may very well be as critical as speaker choice in the ultimate sound that you end up with. My setup is very wide having to accommodate a pair of 23" monitors in landscape mode. Intuitively this seemed a bit too far apart so I first tried raising the monitors and laying the speakers sideways underneath them which let me get them much closer together horizontally but didn't sound right at all. Angling them down and "bouncing" the sound upward from the desk turned out worse. In the end I gave in to reality and put the speakers on each side of the monitor. The sound still wasn't great but it was the biggest step in the right direction so far. Toeing them in was the next easiest and most obvious choice. Contrary to my first guess, they actually didn't need to be toed in by much at all, maybe 10 degrees or so. As I also noticed with the 807Vs, they can be a little bright nearfield when directed right at you and imaging gets rather exaggerated. The other adjustment that I made in parallel with this was to push the monitors and speakers back to arm's length. The final critical bit of adjustment was to reduce the amount of "splash" coming from the desktop by raising the speakers such that the tweeters were just above ear-level. It's worth noting that, as tempting as it might be, just tilting the speakers upward did not produce nearly as much of an improvement. In retrospect, I'd recommend that this step be done first as this greatly affects the results of toeing in. The punchline to all of this is that, just because it's a desktop setup, doesn't mean that all of the rules of thumb that apply to setting up a full system don't apply.
So for my take on the 705Ss themselves, I'd say that I like them overall but there were a few surprises. First off they sound best when they're driven a bit. I don't know if it's a product of their 89dB sensitivity or the fact that a 5" driver can only reach its peak at somewhat louder levels but this made it less of an ideal match for my work setup as I tend to listen at softer volumes so as not to bother my coworkers. At home, however, I'm free to give them that bit of extra power to liven up the midbass to an acceptable level. As compared to the 807Vs, perhaps attributable to their 92dB sensitivity, listening at lower volumes was fuller and more detailed. Driven at higher, but still comfortable, listening levels, the 705Ss both fills out and tighten up substantially. They did little to dissuade me from my long-standing bias that Focals compliment female vocals and strings to a point that I'm rarely left wanting for anything more save for some of the subtler undertones that a smaller speaker like the 705s can't quite reach.
In fact, if there's one area these speakers are at risk of falling short of expectations, it's in the lower registers. When driven fairly hard while playing the right content they can just begin to hint at some of those pleasing deeper notes that still reside well withing the audible range. As compared to the 807Vs, the latter pretty much nail the audible range of low frequencies and even extend into the "feel" frequencies that ultimately make music feel the most satisfying and complete.
For the right price, the 705 series can be a very good value and pleasing speakers for casual listening. Having said that, though, I can't resist suggesting that you consider the exceptional 807Vs (and the Ws are rumored to be even better). From my listening experiences with both, the 807s beat the 705s on just about every metric that I can think of but, of course, you'd expect them to given their larger physical size and higher price (they're on clearance in most places right now, though, which makes them an incredible value). I know you weren't asking about the 807s but if neither factor is an issue then I can't help but think that you'd find the 807s to be nearly flawless for their price point, otherwise I don't think you'll be disappointed with the 705s should necessity require.
I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you'd like me to elaborate more on anything and good luck with building your nearfield system.Edited by normtim - 11/26/13 at 1:33pm