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Old 07-03-2010, 07:21 PM
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I just bought a Focal XS-2.1 desktop system. I heard this system in an Apple Store a year or so ago. The store had just opened and their were only a few people there so the "Genius" let me dock my Iphone and let 'er rip. I was astonished by this little desktop system and I never forgot it. I've been wanting something for the office but I really didn't want to go with a conventional system. I can't wait to receive it. Anyone heard these Focal's? If you have one....What's your desktop system?

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Old 07-03-2010, 08:02 PM
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Brad.......Very slick looking desktop monitor set up. I was surprised to see it does not have an optical input so that it can be used with Apple's mini optical out on the iMacs. Other than that, it looks very nice, and because it is from Focal, it more than likely sounds very good.


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Old 07-03-2010, 10:41 PM
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Brad.......How long before you have delivery? I am looking forward to your comments.
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Studio System: McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Esoteric K-03, Olive 04HD, Michell Gyro SE w/SME 309/Ortofon Cadenza Black, Michell HR Never Connected Power Supply, Sonos ZP90, Sonos ZP120, Wyred 4 Sound Remedy, Magnum Dynalab ST-2, PurePower 2000, Furutech Flux 50, PS Audio Soloist Premier SE, PS Audio Dectet, Sonus Faber Amati Anniversario, Symbosium Rollerblock Jr.'s and Fat Padz, Wireword Silver Eclipse IC's, Silver Electra PC's, Supernova & Silver Starlight digital cables, Wireworld Silver Eclipse speaker cable, Klaudio Ultrasonic Record Cleaner.
Home Theater System: McIntosh MX120, MC452, Oppo BDP-95, PS Audio Soloist Premier SE, JBL LSR-6332 (2), JBL LSR-6328P (3), McIntosh XLS112 (2), Sony 52XBR9, Tributaries Silver IC's, Wireworld Starlight 6 HDMI cables, Wireworld Silver Electra PC's.
Headphone System: Sennheiser HD800 headphone, HDVA 600 headphone amplifier, CH 800 S balance headphone cable, Wyred 4 Sound DAC2, Oppo BDP-83, Wireworld Silver Starlight 7 digital cable, Silver Eclipse 7 balanced interconnects, Aurora 7 power cables.
Vintage System: McIntosh MA230, MR74 tuner, Denon DVD-2800 CD/DVD, JBL 4312A speakers, Wireworld Solstice 7 speaker cable., Tributaries Silver Series IC's.
Other Vintage Gear: MA5100, JVC XL-Z1050 K2 CD, Tandberg 3008A preamp, Tandberg 3026A power amp, Tandberg 3011 tuner, Yamaha P2100 power amp, McIntosh 4300V.
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:33 PM
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Brad - Congratulations on the Focal setup - I have heard very good things about them and have a co-worker that has the same system.

I'm using the NHT M-00 and S-00 2.1 setup for my desktop audio. They have more than exceeded my expectations, and I often find myself sitting in my office upstairs listening to music directly off of my computer for longer than I intended to when it would be very easy to move into the next room and fire up the main system. They are surprisingly good sounding
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:26 AM
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I'm a huge fan of Focal speakers.
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:47 AM
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Brad...some reviews for your reading pleasure:

AVGuide.com: http://www.focal-fr.com/catalogue-do...files/2721.pdf
What Hifi: http://www.focal-fr.com/catalogue-do...files/2328.pdf
Computer Audiophile: http://www.focal-fr.com/catalogue-do...files/1900.pdf
Tone Audio: http://www.focal-fr.com/catalogue-do...files/1864.pdf
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Old 07-04-2010, 05:43 AM
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Brad.......How long before you have delivery? I am looking forward to your comments.
Will do Dan.
50% of my time at work is in front of the computer or seated at my desk.
Looking forward to improved working conditions.
The package will arrive while I'm on vacation. Will report back end of month.
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Old 07-04-2010, 11:37 AM
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Brad...nice desktop system. You'll really like the sound, lookin' forward to your review/impressions.

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Old 07-05-2010, 12:14 AM
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The CMS50 is another good Focal desktop monitor.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:44 PM
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In a small room or for nearfield listening, the Focal XS-2.1 delivers an abject lesson in the principle of diminishing returns.
This is a system that many of us could very well stop at........ if we were rational....... and be quite satisfied.
The absolute best bang for the buck I've ever heard @ $450.
Chump change for an audiophile.
Highly and absolutely recommended.
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