I just one to get back to you with my experience with the Focal Electras (1008 Be) . Yesterday I received them, and first of all, let me tell you, they look really nice. Beautiful finish, sleek design but I don't want them as a furniture, so lets get to the SOUND!
It's really hard, when I first installed them, I instantly heard they are different, than the Revels. The Beryllium tweeters are fantastic, the highs are clear, and fast.
I really wanted to like these speakers, but honestly, I cant really. I mean, they sound beautiful, but if I have to describe them, I would say "analitic", yes they reproduce every bit of sound and notes perfectly, obviously it has a better soundstage, and cleaner highs.
But What I'm missing is, is the Revel lust, to "revel" in the sound, to smile when I'm hearing some notes, when I just start to giggle... And no matter how much I try, these speakers don't do this for me.
They are fairly new (20-40 hours in them) and Focal states, they need a week to break-in, but honestly, I don't think they will change their characteristics...
Keep in mind, I recalibrated my Parasound Pre with an SPL meter, tried different locations, etc, but just no.
The fun fact is, that these speakers cost 3 times more as a standmount, than my F12 floorstanders, and I'm always thinking, "hmm, I think these tracks would also sound better on my Revels"
I'm so happy, that I was able to get the in-home demo, because, if I have listened to them in a demo room, I could have said, the room / my mood / the amplifier / the source etc. is different, but here, everything is the same.
I think I can't have anything else, but Revels in the future.
I'm looking forward to get a Performa 3 demo, and If I get just one giggle from it, I will get them.
You know, this is what you were talking about in the past few days, I honestly think, that these Focals measure exceptionally well, but it doesn't matter, if I'm not enjoying them as much...