This system has been ever evolving for nearly 20 years! I liked the focals so much I went ahead and moved the 926s to the surround position! The Scalas are some of the finest speakers I have ever heard...ever! I've heard and had a lot of speakers in this system over the years, and at this point I'm not sure how I could do much better.
The only items left in the chain that could use some immediate help are the phonostage, amplifier (I need one for the surround speakers and maybe an upgrade for the mains), and cables perhaps...
Would love any ideas on how to maximize the remaining rig!
I have never had the Sopras, though I thought about getting some to try. I do know that they use a lot of the technology found in the Utopia line, including the tweeter. I would imagine them to be much like the older Electra line that I loved so much and brought me to the Utopias. I have never been disappointed in Focal, but without having heard them first hand, I couldn't give you a whole lot of other details.
What I will say is that you shouldn't need to concern yourself too much with the lowest end presentation of the speakers in conjunction with the JL Audio. I would think that a crossover somewhere in the 60Hz range should support these speakers and sub nearly perfectly!
Nice system and setup by the way! Let me know if you ever get your hands on the Focals and what you think!
Do you have an opinion on the Focal Sopra No.1 monitors?
I am torn between them and a set of Joseph Audio Pulsars. I am concerned about the limited bass supposedly out of the Focal Sopras, but my room is small (11 x 15, 9 foot ceiling), and I will be matching it up with a JL Audio Fathom f113 subwoofer.
Nice system love your speakers, the biggest thing that alot of people do is neglect their stand, the stand should be considered a very important component, the best material to use for a stand is hardwood, and construction of the stand is also important. I build hand made custom walnut and maple audio stands, i sell on audiogon, i also have a gallery page listed under mdegeorgis's system. just scroll down im just a little down the page, you will see a large walnut thorens turntable. Which i made, check my feedback your system will benefit from my racks.You have a nice room that will also benefit from a wood rack these are very easy on the eyes, Mike