So I had a chance to check out some Hi-Fi stores yesterday. One of the places was down to their last 2 sets of Paradigm floor standers as they will no longer be carrying them. I Did a side by side of one of the monitor series floorstanders (didn't care for them... too punchy.) then some Focal speakers which sounded better but were very very bland, then some Paradigm studio 60s which I thought sounded great especially down to $1800 for the last pair.
Well anyways the guy kept seeming to talk about the Focals and push them, he was very subtle about it. But i thought they sounded mediocre and the girlfriend agreed. He was explaining how they go through and tune each speaker individually to the box its in in or something. I mean I stopped listening at some point because I was madly in love with the paradigms.
Then I went to Magnolia not noticing there were 2 other Hi Fi stores right next to it dealing with similar brands and then some. But I heard the B&W cm5 bookshelf speakers and fell in love with those. They did have an open box pair for $1300.
Would really like to find a place to listen to LSI bookshelf speakers...
Have you guys ever heard of/opinions on Focal speakers? (not just separate drivers)
How do you guys feel about B&W bookshelf speakers?
Paradigm Studio series floorstanders vs B&W CM series bookshelves....?