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Old 06-11-2017, 04:57 PM
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I've only had my Sopra 2s for a week now and they already sound better in my listening room than they did in the dealer's showroom. It's funny because there were a couple of times during my audition where I felt the tweeter was a bit too "hot". Maybe it was because they were pointing right at me or at least very toed-in. I remember both Joni Mitchell and Led Zeppelin were a bit much when cranking the volume. But I fell in love with the midrange and had to have them. At any rate, I have very little toe in right now and these speakers are not bright at all. Detailed, yes, but not in the least fatiguing. I was a little worried the Sopra 2's would be the loudspeaker equivalent of the Sennheiser HD800 headphones-but thankfully that is not the case. Best of all, nearly every album I've played is like rediscovering the music for the first time. These speakers are that darn good, IMO!
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Old 09-10-2017, 02:47 PM
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Hi jdandy-
I don't have any experience with stillpoints but I'm sure they are a quality product that would improve the sopra's considerably. However, the price of the stillpoint Ultra SS is about double the price I paid for the IsoAcoustic GAIA-1. The IsoAcoustic GAIA-1 seem to me to improve both the warmth and resolution of my sopra's in my room.




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I noticed similar effect. I've had mine about as long as you. I have been dialing my system in around the focals (carpet change was dramatic) and finally hit a point where the sound relaxed.
Wow!
Mind if I ask how you removed the stock spikes, to install the Gaia's? I'm considering doing the same thing for Stillpoint SS's, not sure if it's same on the Sopra 3's compared to the 2's, but I heard you have to loosen the glass base. Clueless how this would be done easily without risking cracking the base, short of laying speaker on it's side.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:11 PM
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I installed Gaias on my Sopra 3. Hardest part was getting them on their side on a ottoman. Definitely a nice improvement over the spikes.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:08 PM
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OK I pretty much came to the conclusion looking at mine that it would require laying them on their side to do this safely without risking breaking the glass base. Was hoping for a trick to avoid this, not willing to do that I actually hurt my back doing that by myself with my Paradigms which only weighed 68lbs installing Gaias. Thanks for the info.
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Old 09-17-2017, 12:39 AM
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I am proud to be joining the Focal Sopra 2 club. I have purchased the GAIAs as well and sold my Stillpoints.
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I am proud to be joining the Focal Sopra 2 club. I have purchased the GAIAs as well and sold my Stillpoints.
Congratulations, you'll love them. What was your reasoning for choosing to use GAIA's over your Stillpoints with them?
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Great news. I ordered a pair of Focal Sopra 2s just seven days ago and I got notification from my local dealer that they will arrive tomorrow! Amazing customer service!

Can't wait to take delivery tomorrow and get them setup.

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I decided to use the IsoAcoustics GAIA 1s over the Stillpoints Ultra SS because of four big reasons:

1) I compared the Stillpoints Ultra SS against the IsoAcoustics GAIA 1 and found that the GAIA worked just as well as the Ultra SS.
2) The GAIA I was half the cost of the Ultra SS.
3) Extra $1,000 in my pocket that can go towards room treatments!
4) The IsoAcoustics GAIA has rubber suction feet that keep the speakers planted on my hardwood floor. The Ultra SS were just stainless steel and would end up moving over time due to the small vibrations from the woofers.
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:52 PM
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Great news. I ordered a pair of Focal Sopra 2s just seven days ago and I got notification from my local dealer that they will arrive tomorrow! Amazing customer service!

Can't wait to take delivery tomorrow and get them setup.

@mcpaf76

I decided to use the IsoAcoustics GAIA 1s over the Stillpoints Ultra SS because of four big reasons:

1) I compared the Stillpoints Ultra SS against the IsoAcoustics GAIA 1 and found that the GAIA worked just as well as the Ultra SS.
2) The GAIA I was half the cost of the Ultra SS.
3) Extra $1,000 in my pocket that can go towards room treatments!
4) The IsoAcoustics GAIA has rubber suction feet that keep the speakers planted on my hardwood floor. The Ultra SS were just stainless steel and would end up moving over time due to the small vibrations from the woofers.
Cool Beans Doug -- and don't forget photos. Shoot some close ups of the GAIA 1's too. What is the suggested break in time on those BTW?

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Great news. I ordered a pair of Focal Sopra 2s just seven days ago and I got notification from my local dealer that they will arrive tomorrow! Amazing customer service!

Can't wait to take delivery tomorrow and get them setup.

@mcpaf76

I decided to use the IsoAcoustics GAIA 1s over the Stillpoints Ultra SS because of four big reasons:

1) I compared the Stillpoints Ultra SS against the IsoAcoustics GAIA 1 and found that the GAIA worked just as well as the Ultra SS.
2) The GAIA I was half the cost of the Ultra SS.
3) Extra $1,000 in my pocket that can go towards room treatments!
4) The IsoAcoustics GAIA has rubber suction feet that keep the speakers planted on my hardwood floor. The Ultra SS were just stainless steel and would end up moving over time due to the small vibrations from the woofers.


Congrats on the speakers! I look forward to your review.

I’ve been thinking of the ISO Pucks for under my center channel. The pucks are only 60 bucks for 2 of them. So for $180 it gets the job done.

If I like them I may consider the GAIA for my subs. It appears they accomplish the same goal at a considerably lower cost.
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Cool Beans Doug -- and don't forget photos. Shoot some close ups of the GAIA 1's too. What is the suggested break in time on those BTW?
Will do. I don't think a mechanical device like the GAIA has a break-in period, but I will learn more about them and let you know.

As far the Focal speakers, my local dealer says they need about 10 hours to break-in and stop being hot/bright. He also mentioned after about 100 hours they will settle down and sound the way they should.

The best thing for me is that I know what they should sound like, because my local dealer has the exact same pair in his room.

Here is an example of what the Focal Sopra 2s in walnut should look like. Very beautiful:



I fell in love with these Focal speakers. I compared them against the B&W 802D3s and of course the McIntosh XR100s. I also compared them against the KEF Reference series.

Anyway, I will get it setup tomorrow and hopefully be able to take some pictures!
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