Welcome me to the club!
Today I will be purchasing a pair of Focus 220s a pair of Focus 140s, and a Focus 200c. I have been listening to various things (Paradigm, B&W, NHT, MB Quart, Energy) for a while, and last night I brought the wife with me to confirm what I already felt I knew... that the smaller and more elegant Dyns were worth the extra $1000 over the equivalent Paradigm Studio setup.
For the time being, my Focus speakers (which will be Cherry), will be in a 5 speaker setup with no sub and no rear surrounds. They will be driven by a Sherwood P-965 pre/pro and a Sherbourn 7/2100 (7X200, but 7x300 into 4 ohms) amp.
I am living in a smallish rental house in So. Cal for another two months before moving back to the Bay Area. I'll have to wait until I get back there, and see if I'll be able to dedicate a room to my theater before I pick a sub and back surrounds.
In any case, I continue to be floored by the clarity, detail, and (most of all) the imaging and staging of the Focus 220s. Again, on my final audition last night, I was amazed and moved by the uncanny "that singer is standing right in front of me" sensation. This is a bit more than I originally planned to spend, but they sound so much better than anything else I listened to (I resisted the temptation to hear the $4000/pair Revels), I feel happy to be blowing my budget.
I've been told I can expect to receive my speakers mid next week, and we're going out of town on Friday, so I'm looking forward to the speakers spending all of memorial day weekend playing constantly and getting a good jump on my 100 to 200 hours of break in.
Thanks to the board for helping me decide, and I'll look forward to writing again soon, when the Dyns are in the house!
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