I'd like to share with you all my full thoughts on these new 9000 series vs my Focal Sopra system -
I always had wanted Focal's Grand Utopia EMs. At $180,000, and not having the space to do them justice, I settled with their Sopra line. Apparently, the Sopras are 95% of the Utopia line.
My system is a 99.9% movies only approach. I really only listen to music on the odd occasion I'm feeling some Diana Krall (once a month or two).
Onward, my room is a 17x14 room with a small entranceway when you first walk in which adds some square footage. Ceilings are 9 feet. So there's a decent amount of square footage.
The room is fully treated as well with several bass traps and also some diffusion and absorption.
Placement is everything to me - every system I have gets perfect placement to the 1/10th of an inch. The fronts were placed 32 inches away from the rear walls and about 8.5 feet apart from each other.
Upon running my Anthem MRX520's ARC room correction, I immediately noticed the authority these speakers have. Once the system was fully calibrated and tweaked, I inserted Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort is a visceral feast for the ears and eyes. I cranked these puppies up!
Immediately, I felt these speakers come to life. The massive sound-stage dwarfs my somewhat small room and makes me feel as if I'm at an actual theater. The initial wand duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort emits a "smack, crackle, and pop" which is successfully rendered by the 9060s and 9060 center. All queues for imaging are placed properly. The sound effects have a true 3-dimensional depth to them, and there is plenty of heart pumping detail behind that.
The highs are a tad bit "warm". This is where the Focals definitely have an edge. When Voldemort shatters the glass in the atrium, there is a clear amount of precise detail that comes from the Focal's BE tweeters that you don't get from the 9060s. Is it a signifcant difference? No. Not enough to really notice unless you are looking.
I will say, these 9000s are DYNAMIC! They have an excellent punch to them and add depth which really bring your films to life. The Dark Knight is another movie in which they shine. There is so much "oomph" from the dynamic background score which the 9060s handle with ease. I prefer them over the Focals for things like this.
At high volumes, the Focals can get a small bit fatiguing. At these levels, the 9060s produce more of a friendly tone for action films.
I'm seriously impressed with these speakers. As someone who has owned 3 sets of 8000 series Def Techs in a secondary system, I will say they are a definite improvement over the last generation.
I can now confirm that in a home theater environment, a set of $25,000 speakers does not significantly triumph over a $2000 set of DTs. Music however, is a completely different story.