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Focal Chorus 726v

Hello everyone, I'm new here and I would like to have your expert feedback and opinion on this buy. I'm not happy with my current speaker system and I'm planning to upgrade them. The current setup is:

NAD T 187 Surround Sound Preamp Processor

NAD T 977 Seven Channel Power Amplifier

NAD PP 4 Digital Phono USB Preamplifier

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable

Pioneer BDP-450 Blu-ray & SACD Player

Mede8er MED1000X3D Streamer & FLAC Player 

Jamo S 606 HCS6 5.1 Speaker Set

Epson EH-TW6100 Full HD 3D Projector 

Now, I have an excellent discount on a set of brand new Focal Chorus 726v from the dealer (almost 50%) for pair of fronts. I would like to know your opinion and views on them as I never heard Focal and this set still boxed and can't be unpacked for demo. I mainly listen to stero music from SACDs or FLAC files. I also watch movies a lot and mostly action movies.

My plan is to get reid of my current set of speakers in phases as I recently invested a lot in my Home theater and my top priority now is the fronts. Please let me know if this fronts are worth it and what other options to consider.

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I have never heard a pair of Focal speakers that I was not very impressed with. I think that Focal is a very good choice, and will sound way way better than the rather mediocre Jamo speakers. That should make a world of difference.

Another thing I would do is get rid of the NAD PP4 and get a Musical Fidelity phono preamp (V-LPS or V-90 LPS), which will sound much better IMO.

I would also replace the Pioneer player with an OPPO BDP-103, which will also sound much better for CD and SACD.

The rest of your gear looks pretty decent.

Fixing those 3 weak spots will make a huge difference.

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Focal Chorus 726v

Thank you so much for your feedback, I never heard of this Musical Fidelity but from the review it looks so good, I will try to find a good deal to get one. I bought the speakers already since the feedback took sometime :) .. What a huge difference!!!!!! I got pair for a very good deal of $700USD, which I believe it is an amazing deal. The sound is much better in every way. I got this Pioneer model specifically and I applied a hacked firmware and now I'm able to play 3D ISO files with full menu and play SACDs as well with very cheap price and excellent video chip. For the OPPO I'm sure it is much better, but I always wondering why should I get it since I play SACD from the pioneer with streaming the digital signal to the NAD and use the NAD DACs to produce the audio out pre-amped and pass it to the amplifier then the speaker. So, I don't think changing the play will make any difference in the sound since I won't use the OPPO DACs as well.

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OPPO

The whole point is that the DAC chips in the OPPO are much better.

You should USE the OPPO's superior chips and use the analog outputs of the OPPO to go to your amplifier; for both audio discs and video discs.

THAT is the way to get the best sound quality.

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Going back to part of the

Going back to part of the original question, I currently have set of Focal 726V's on home demo (along with the 714V's and a set of Dali Ikon 2 (mk'2)), and I can honestly say (in my opinion) that straight from the box the 726's were a clear leader.

However... after some listening, I found the Focal 726's to bcome quite tiresome, and compared to the Dali's, they were harsher in the treble and more pronounced in the mid base (which I at first liked, but soon found quite annoying).

The 726's do however produce a more "staged sound" with the vocals or main instruments being very precisely placed. On the down side, the rest of the mix is compressed and confused (especially around the mid bass). It was as if the singer was right infront of me, but the rest of the track was squashed up behind him/her.

The Dali's however are very different.  They are sonically more open, have a flatter response (with a very slight dip around 300hz), play a lower frequency (40.5Hz) than the floorstanding 726's and have a massively wide open stage. Dali's deal with defining the main vocal / instrument in avery different way (still very central, but just different), but the real advantage is that the rest of the track is equally balanced with space around each instarument (not squashed like with the Focal 726's). So after many days listening, I've chosen to keep the Dali's.

The Focal 714's were tested, simply because they were very low cost floorstanders (£350!). They are a very "fun" speaker with a more neutral mid than the 726's but with pronouched highs (much harsher that either of the other) and boosted bass to compensate for the incomplete frequency range (only play down to 56Hz). If I didn't have the other to comapre against, they would sell like hot cakes as they are great value for money and very musical / fun (a mix between a high end speaker with "disco" speaker EQ'ing).

I really wanted to like the 726's, as I also could buy them for 50% off list price (as new model is out - only a change of grill and curved cabinet), but the Dali's are definitely superior.  This decision was echo'd by my wife and a few good friends (one of whom is a professional audio engineer who designs automotive car hifi equipment).

Try to listen and then decide... ear's, electronics, accoustic location all play a MAJOR part in the fianl sound.

P.

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I should add...

I was a previous Focal owner looking to upgrade. I loved my old Focal speakers, but can now see that they were flawed in comparison to the Dali's. (I guess that's technological progression for you)

My original plan was to use my old Focal 705's as rears and build a 5.1 system, but now I'll just keep the Dali's in a stereo setup and live with the cheap sony 5.1 set up I have at present for watching movies.

I listen to music through a dedicated NAD HiFi set up anyway, far more that I watch TV or Movies through the Yamaha AV receiver.

I hope this helps.

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Don't get me wrong...

I have just re read the posts and see that you already have the speakers. Don't get me wrong, they are very good and I would highly recommend them (they're much better than the B&W, Monitor Audio's etc that I also auditioned), it's just that they were not as good in my room, and with my electronics as the Dali's.

I am sure that you will have many happy years of service (and high quality sound) with them - just like my old Focals gave me.

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I am really excited about the

I am really excited about the newest Focal speakers w/ the Flax -based drivers.

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