Originally Posted by Minh Do
Hello guys fairly new here im on the fence about the 685 s2 vs the focal 806v. The BW as it stands cost 150$ more where i live. Does the sound quality justify spending an extra 150?
Tough with speakers to say - they are very subjective. I am loving my 683s. I haven't had much time lately, but spending time with them has been really fun and revealing for my music collection, for the few things I have listened to.
I haven't ever heard any focals. One thing that helped me make a decision was to read reviews on all the speakers I was looking at, and people's comments.
I started to realized that certain people were like me, and noticed what they liked, and figured I might like the same things (warm sound, neutral, forward, relaxed, etc.) Such subjective terms, but then after some auditioning and lots of reading, started to realize what I would probably like. I'm a warm, relaxed sound person. Some people want to be invigorated by their sound systems, want to be excited and get the adrenaline going. I want mine to coddle me and put me to sleep with my favorite music, making it feel like I'm there but not forcing it on me.
I'm just rambling, but that's an idea of what I mean. Very subjective.
So read some reviews on both, read this forum, read threads on the focals, and do an audition. Whatever helps you decide the fastest
If you listen and can't tell the difference, or love them both, pick the one that saves you money! But you could also do an in-home audition and spend some good time. Sometimes spending more time helps a person to decide.