RE: Wharfedale vs Other -
I have older Wharfedale Diamond 9.6 and I absolutely love them for music, very sweet and laid back ....but... not so much for Movies. Yes, they still work fine, but purely for Movies I think I would like a speaker with a bit more Mid/High presence, though likely that could be a bit much for Music.
Though do keep in mind that I am on the high side of life, so likely my high frequency hearing is not the greatest.
Now the EVO are far far far above my Diamonds, and the reviews on the EVO 4.2 Bookshelf indicate they have the absolute sweetest Mid/High. These should indeed be good speakers ...if... you want a speaker that is a bit laid back, but sweet and smooth as silk.
The Focal on the other hand, I did not consider Bright, but certainly more forward. That is, by metaphor, a laid back speaker pulls you into the Music, a forward speaker the Music reaches out to you.
Both are likely beautiful speakers, but it becomes a matter of what you are looking for from that speaker, and the final cost.
Though I should have mentioned it in my other post, we have the matter of Room Acoustics.
If the room is ultra-modern minimalist, the likely it already has bright acoustics, so probably better to have a more laid back speaker. However, if it is very cluttered and softly furnished with heavy curtains on the windows, it can probably handle some brighter speakers.
Do remember that CHEAP bright speaker can be like ice picks in your ears, but in the class of speaker we are talking about, even a speaker that would be considered bright is going to be stunningly clear and smooth, free from distortion.
The Focal while a bit forward, I would not, did not consider bright. Just very life-like with large sound stage and tremendous presence.
That said, I would expect the Wharfedale EVO
to be similar, just a bit more laid back.
There are many, consistently positive, reviews of the EVO 4.2 Bookshelf on YouTube, most emphasizing the absolute sweet and clear Mid/High.
Here is one video review with a Demo near the end -
Just trying to help.