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Old 04-22-2017, 03:12 PM
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Considering replacing my Focal Scala speakers.

Would the Focal Maestro be the biggest Focal speaker that would work in a dedicated room of 3.5m (12ft) by 5m (17ft) or do you think the Stella could work?
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Old 04-22-2017, 04:09 PM
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That is a difficult question. The Stella's are fine speakers but I have only heard them in larger demo rooms than what you indicate. That said, it doesn't mean they won't sound great.
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I generally notice that even in smaller rooms I can really enjoy most speakers even some that shine in bigger rooms( within reason of course) ... While the speakers may perform better in a larger room .... they still may outperform the smaller set in your room.There are some exceptions for sure though so the only way to know is to bring a set home if you can. I just moved this weekend and luckily moved into a much bigger room and while my speakers were pushing the boundary's in the prior room I still really enjoyed them ... and while they do sound much better now they sounded better than a smaller speaker in the old room. Good luck!
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:07 AM
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Thanks guys. Trying the speakers isn't an option unfortunately. The Stella is an almost 100% increase in price over the Maestros - if I'm going to pay that premium I need to get my money's worth. Sounds like I'll have to play it safe and go with the Maestros.
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:42 AM
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So finally got the Maestros installed. WOW. On another level entirely than the Scalas. From the first second of playback, it was obvious that there was no comparison. The midrange clarity is startling. The tweeter is so much smoother than the one on the Scala. The seamless top to bottom integration is something that I didn't expect. I was really worried about the low end overpowering the room, but it's actually much better in that regard than the Scalas. Really everything I hoped it would be and then some. And that's with no break in. Can't wait to hear the final results.
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Congratulations on your new setup. May I ask how far from the walls, and how far each speaker is placed from their respective center?
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:30 AM
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I just plopped them down where I thought they might sound decent - I haven't done any tuning and won't until 500 hours or so.

Right now 32" from wall to center, 53" from back wall to front center and 80" center to center.
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Very nice. Would be great to have the room (and wallet & strength to move) to set up a pair of Maestro Utopia speakers. I'm thinking a pair of Sopra #2, but not sure they will fit well enough. Once we get moved I'll rethink speakers. But find the Focal sound second to none. Too bad you are not a AA subscriber, would be nice to see a pic of your system.
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Old 06-25-2017, 05:27 AM
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The nice thing about all the newer Focals is that they have the ability to make small adjustments depending on the room. You'd prefer not to have to make them, but there's the comfort of having them if they're needed. I can't imagine a place other than a walkin closet size room where the Sopra 2 would not work.

You can find my system on the 'gon but I haven't uploaded pics of the new setup with the Maestros and the incoming Shunyata Denali.

Like I said above, the Maestros actually sound better in my room versus my Scalas given the better, more controlled bass. However, that raised one additional "issue". The bass is missing the physical in your chest kick that I heard in the dealer showroom many years ago. I was always under the impression that the Ayre MX-Rs keep doubling down to 1ohm. I was very wrong on that - they double from 8 down to 4 but don't massively increase current after that. For most speakers that's not an issue but the Maestro is a very difficult load down low and requires heaps of current. Given that, the Maestros still sound amazing but never totally let loose.

Silver lining on all that is that I've been looking for a legitimate reason to justify moving up to the Momentum M400s - which do double all the way down to 1ohm (and as a bonus already have WAF - my wife loves the look). I'm planning on auditioning the MX-R and M400 head to head when I'm in Singapore later this year just to make sure but from all the reports I've read plus my dealer's comments, I doubt I'll be disappointed.
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