Focal Scalas or Diablos with subs?
was looking for peoples thoughts regarding a purchase that I am considering.
I currently own a pair of Focal Diablos which I have had for around 6months (on & off, don't ask!). Amplifier is Musical Fidelity AMS Primo pre amp / AMS35P 35w class A amp. Source is Linn Akurate DS streamer.
Room size is fairly small, 4mtr x 4mtr x 2.4mtr ceiling, carpet floor on concrete slab, brick render walls front & rear, glass door/window one side & open to dining room on the other side. Listening position is about 2.5mtr from the fronts. Both the lounge & front speakers are hard up against the front & rear walls due to size restricton.
Musical tastes are electronic/dance, blues/acoustic, reggae/dub, bit of rock, some classical but not too much.
Listening volumes are typically soft to medium, I don't often crank it too loud.
I am very happy with the sound quality that the Diablos give me & feel that they suit the size of the room quite well. Synergy with the MF gear is good, the warmth of the a-class amp fits well with the detailed nature of the Focals, nice & silky.
At times however I do feel that they lack a little in the bottom end. Recently had a chance to listen to a pair of Scalas which a local dealer has as trade in, was very impressed. Everything that the Diablos offered and so much more. They will push my budget but with a trade in on the Diablos it can be done.
However I have just started using my JL Audio F110 sub with my hifi & I have to say that it has made me stop & think. I can appreciate that the bass is not as tight or as perfectly integrated as the Scalas but it would be a lot cheaper to buy one more sub than stretch for the Scalas. It would also have the added advantage of beefing up the sub section of my HT set-up.
I have played around with the freq response & phase on the sub's set-up & feel that it is working OK. Still some fine tuning to be done. Volume can tend to move slightly with different source material. I don't have it set too high as I'd prefer a seamless sound rather than overpowering or muddy. less is more.
The pre is hooked up to the power via balanced XLR connection & the sub via RCA. From what I have read an external active cross over might be the best way to get the sub integrated but I would prefer to avoid this expense if I can.
Unfortunately I don't think that home demo of either the Scalas or a second sub will be possible. I could definitley take my amp for a run with the Scalas so this should help, but I doubt that he would want to let me borrow them. Already having one sub I can make a fairly good guess as to how that will sound.
So questions are:
1) Thoughts on comparison of Scalas to Diablos/subs
2) Suitability of Scalas to room size. This would seem to be the biggest concern. Asthetically they will be much more imposing, will the listening position be too close for such a big speaker?
3) Suitability of Scalas in a HT set-up (I use the same speakers for both)
4) Suitability of AMS35P to run the Scalas (won't be able to change the amp any time soon, have been told that it should be up to the job)
5) Placement of subs. Any thoughts on taking the Diablos off their stands & placing them directly on top of the subs?
TBH I already feel that the Scalas are the way to go, they pretty much blew me away when I listened to them & I think that the deal I can strike is great value. But interested to get thoughts/advice from those with more experience than myself. It's a pretty significant purchase & I'd like to get some objectivity if possible?!