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Old 08-12-2017, 05:04 AM
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I agree with the above in that you need to always match the speakers to the room.

However, in my system and in my smallish room the difference between the Scala and the Maestro wasn't subtle - treble is much smoother, midrange is significantly clearer and bass is more controlled and less chubby (I had the V1 so may be less of an issue on V2) while also being subterranean on the right recordings (you feel like it's coming from below the floor as opposed to the speakers). However, the thing that I really wasn't ready for and one of the biggest selling points to me of the Maestros is that they are a single point source in terms of their sound - it's satisfyingly cohesive. I never felt that about the Scala.

Out of the entire Utopia floorstanding lineup, the Scala, while a fantastic speaker, is the one that has obvious areas for improvement in all facets. I expect that the EVO will be a marked improvement in all areas given what looks like a smoothed out treble, clearer midrange and tighter bass.

On the other hand, I'm not interested in (although I understand why Focal made the change and from a sales point of view it is absolutely the right decision) a downgraded 3 way Maestro EVO simply to make it easier to drive and compatible with a much wider range of partnering amplifiers (the Maestros currently need ridiculous amounts of power to open up).
great speakers, do you have a picture of how the speakers are set up in the room ?
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Exactly the characteristics i found between of the scala and maestro.

How do you rate the general sonics characteristic of your room, was it the direction of neutral bright opposed to neutral warm?
Do you mean is my room underdamped or overdamped?
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Do you mean is my room underdamped or overdamped?
Yes , underdamped in the sense of brightness or duller if overdamped.

I felt the maestros were more neutral but retaining that midrange smoothness at the dealers.

I would still love a pair as it has been some time ago and i made improve my room acoustics since.

Mine was on the warmer side, though the Maestros were superior, in some areas, the Scalas seemed to suit better.

I used to have a warmer sounding room.

The Maestros were like a big cc long distance cruiser and the scalas more a little town racer.

It was amazing the Maestro allowed a close field monitor like listening position @ 2 m.

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Yes , underdamped in the sense of brightness or duller if overdamped.

I felt the maestros were more neutral but retaining that midrange smoothness at the dealers.

I would still love a pair as it has been some time ago and i made improve my room acoustics since.

Mine was on the warmer side, though the Maestros were superior, in some areas, the Scalas seemed to suit better.

I used to have a warmer sounding room.

The Maestros were like a big cc long distance cruiser and the scalas more a little town racer.

It was amazing the Maestro allowed a close field monitor like listening position @ 2 m.
My room is definitely not overdamped, it's a living room all concrete with tile floor. I've treated it as much as I can - large rug, acoustic panels and bass traps along with furniture and shelving.
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Yes , underdamped in the sense of brightness or duller if overdamped.

I felt the maestros were more neutral but retaining that midrange smoothness at the dealers.

I would still love a pair as it has been some time ago and i made improve my room acoustics since.

Mine was on the warmer side, though the Maestros were superior, in some areas, the Scalas seemed to suit better.

I used to have a warmer sounding room.

The Maestros were like a big cc long distance cruiser and the scalas more a little town racer.

It was amazing the Maestro allowed a close field monitor like listening position @ 2 m.
My room is definitely not overdamped, it's a living room all concrete with tile floor. I've treated it as much as I can - large rug, acoustic panels and bass traps along with furniture and shelving.


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great speakers, do you have a picture of how the speakers are set up in the room ?
I haven't done any tweaking. It's still in the same position with just a little bit of adjustment to original toe in. I should get my new audio points in the next couple of weeks and then will see. Unfortunately this site has a weird policy on pics so nothing I can post here. You can see general location in my system on audiogon (which shows my earlier Scalas).
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