Originally Posted by Rod#S
Hey AcuDefTechGuy, I see you now have Focal speakers listed in your signature. What made you decide to add another pair of towers and I'm curious, with B&W 802's and Revel Ultima Salon's, why the 800 series Focals and not say the Scala Utopia
? You'll soon have to add a Wilson Sasha or Sophia and then add a Sonus Faber, something like the Cremona M or the Elipsa/Elipsa SE
I have the Focal, Dynaudio, ATC, and Philharmonic in my living room, while the B&W, KEF, Revel, Linkwitz, and TAD are in my HT room, which is LOCKED when I don't want any house guess and in-laws nosing around.
The 800/802 have at least the +/-3dB frequency response, while the Wilson are more like +/-6dB, which falls out of my selection criteria.
"The 802 Diamond’s listening-window response (a five-point average of axial and +/–15-degree horizontal and vertical responses) measures +2.82/–2.79 decibels from 200 hertz to 10 kilohertz."
Here is the Sasha. At 6kHz, it is down a whole -6dB:
Here is the MAXX3. Again at 6kHz, it is down -6dB:
Here is the Sophia3. At around 2.8kHz, it is down almost -6dB:
The Sonus Cremona is more like +/-4dB and has cabinet resonance issues:
"There is a suspicious-looking wrinkle in the impedance traces around 125Hz. Investigating the vibrational behavior of the cabinet panels with an accelerometer, I did find a resonant mode in that region on the front and rear panels, along with others at 154 and 387Hz (fig.2). These may well be associated with the slight warmth I noted in my auditioning."
I know measurements aren't everything, but that is crossing the line just a little bit for me, especially for "high-end" speakers costing that much money.
I considered buying the Focal Diablo Utopia III, but didn't want to spend that kind of money on speakers with measurements close to +/-4dB (Focal Maestro Utopia III).
Again, measurements aren't everything, but they are included in my criteria. Edited by AcuDefTechGuy - 10/29/12 at 6:30am