Originally Posted by kingsxman
I assume you mean the Focal (not the Chane). I think you are spot on in that my ears are used to a certain sound. I have Klipsch KG 2.2's in my main setup in another room. So I DEFINITELY have the Klipsch "sound" ingrained in my mind. I the Focals looked different I think i'd keep them...but cant get by the look. My wife really doesnt like it and she hates the "exposed" tweeter.
Well, yes, my comment was confusing, as it referenced the Focal, but my intention was to recommend the Chane, as well.
The Klipsch have a very distinct sound, and the Chanes will be different, so you will need to give them some time (both for break-in when you aren't listening, and once broken in, for your ears to learn what they are all about). Chanes extract a lot of detail from the music, but not by exaggerating the treble, thus they are not fatiguing when listening for longer periods. So, somewhat similar, but different, and a good different. The Chanes can attain quite high volumes, as can the Klipsch. The Ks are more efficient, but with sufficient power, the Chanes can match those output levels, and still sound very clean. Lastly, the punchy quality will still be present in the Chanes, due to the split-gap woofer design.
Different, but with some similar characteristics that may help you more easily relate to their sound signature.
Also, that particular model of the Focal has the odd grill arrangement. If you liked the sound, look at the 716, 726, or 926, all of which have the full grill, covering the entire front of the speaker.