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!

Room Details

Dimensions: 18’ × 17’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’

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    • Focal Scala Utopia
    • Classe Model 15
    • Classe CT-SSP
    • MIT Digital
    • Logitech Squeezebox
    Boulder modified, military spec linear power supply and upgraded coaxial output stage with vampire coax connector.
    • Scheu Analog Classic
    • Thorens Phono Preamp
    • JM Labs Electra CC-900
    • JM Labs Electra 926
    • Audio Physic Luna
    Stereo Subwoofers, flat to subsonic
    • MIT MH-750 spk
    • Ortofon Black

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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!


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New three channel amp on the way!  Excited to get the Proceed HPA-3 in place to finally watch a movie or something ;)

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Hey Jeff!

Those are the protective padding on the speaker plinth.  Still experimenting with placement, though I believe I'm close at this point!  

Can't wait to fill in a few of the "gaps"

Mike, I TOTALLY agree!  I've seen your products, and they are beautiful...and one of the gaps that'll be filled at some point 😉

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