Focal Chorus 800v Series 5.1 Speaker System (Was £3,100) £1699 @ Nintronics (Focal 700 Series 5.1 System [Was £1,560] £1,100 - link in comments)
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Focal Chorus 800v Series 5.1 Speaker System (Was £3,100) £1699 @ Nintronics (Focal 700 Series 5.1 System [Was £1,560] £1,100 - link in comments)

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Found 2nd Dec 2014
Chorus 816v Floorstanding Speakers:
The floorstanding Chorus 816V makes the most of the two-and-a-half-way configuration: elevated performance in lower octaves thanks to the combination of woofers working in unison. Rooms up to 30m2.

Chorus 806v Bookshelf Speakers:
Neutral and balanced, the Chorus 806 V seduces by the richness of its upper midrange and the speed of its bass. An entirely refined speaker, ideal to play in rooms under 20m2 without any limits. And easily larger spaces if it is combined with SW 800 V. Type: 2-way bass-reflex bookshelf speaker.

Chorus cc800v Centre Speaker:
The central speaker CC800V enjoys the developments from the Profile 900 and the Electra 1000Be lines: perfectly mastered directionality, linearity, neutrality and dynamic subtlety; its timbre is calibrated to match that of all Chorus 800 loudspeakers.

Chorus sw800v Subwoofer:
The power of the subwoofer Chorus SW 800 V climbs to 350W RMS and the frequency response extends to 32Hz. Over-equipped and capable of generating bass with a substantial power output of 115dB, it stands arms and shoulders above others in its category.
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Chorus 714v Floorstanding Speakers:
The smallest of the Chorus V floorstanders exhibits a fine form with a minimal footprint. Elaborate yet balanced, the Chorus 714 V benefits from two 5.5" (14cm) woofers in a 2-and-a-half way configuration to deliver solid bass. Ideal for rooms of 15 to 25m2.

Chorus 705v Bookshelf Speakers:
The smallest of the Chorus V floorstanders exhibits a fine form with a minimal footprint. Elaborate yet balanced, the Chorus 714 V benefits from two 5.5" (14cm) woofers in a 2-and-a-half way configuration to deliver solid bass. Ideal for rooms of 15 to 25m2.

Chorus cc700v Centre Speaker:
The Chorus CC 700 V is a centre loudspeaker that has been phase-optimized to offer an optimal directionality. Its qualities of dynamics, linearity and timbre are equally in phase with the ensemble of the Chorus 700 V line to maintain an excellent sonic coherence.

Chorus sw700v Subwoofer:
A considerable evolution of the famous SW 700 S subwoofer of the last generation, the new SW 700v uses the same motor (BASH amplifier and 11" Polyglass woofer) in a more elaborate cabinet design which is among other things, much more rigid. More depth, more impact.

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Original Poster

Focal 700 Series 5.1 System£1,100

http://i.imgur.com/QdhDV6F.jpg

Why the cold votes?

mike1212

Why the cold votes?

I've not voted, as I find it hard to imagine that anyone serious enough about audio reproduction, to spend this sort of dosh to get it right, wouldn't be having home trials of several setups before deciding what to go for. Not much point in "saving" a thousand quidlets or more, if the sound doesn't sound right.

OP, most peeps including me wouldn't know if its a bargain or not...sometimes its useful to stick original cost or saving off

A steal for people than can afford this pedigree of speaker.


I'd have to trade in my ears for a better set...to fully appreciate these bad boys

hmmm what kind of amp will suit well with these speakers?????

I have this set (near enough)

816v fronts, 806v rears. I opted to go for the 700 centre however....bear in mind if you plan on using the centre speaker mounted on a wall, the cc800v isn't too good an option as it has a rear firing port, which the cc700v does not. Works fantastic....paired with a BK Monolith sub

great bit of kit for the money

I wonder how many numpties buy this and hook it upto a MP3 player

Thanks ordered 5.

Amazing price for an awesome package! Shame most people won't appreciate the bang for buck they could be getting here. Personally, though if it wasn't for the looks I'd have them sharpish. I really feel Focal need to update and clean up their designs it just a little too 80's imho. Still great deal. Heat!

Banned

wonderful

Why do people seem to think this sort or price for speakers is expensive,a decent set of speakers will last you years and often will hold their money really well so you get a fair chunk of your money back when you decide to change them.

I find it more strange that people will gladly throw money away on the cheap tat sound bars that the likes of currys will try and sell you.

paul.jacobs

I wonder how many numpties buy this and hook it upto a MP3 player



Anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference between high bitrate MP3 and CD is a liar.

shahidali47

hmmm what kind of amp will suit well with these speakers?????



It's a 5.1 set, you need an AV receiver.

Personally I don't think it matters that much which one you get. But you are looking at A/V rather than music equipment here.

Brought a spare set for my bathroom!

good deal... makes a refreshing change from someone finding 20p off a DVD no one wants

I bet these sound awsome

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dudedude

Anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference between high bitrate … Anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference between high bitrate MP3 and CD is a liar.



That all depends on what you are listening to it on ! Any half decent audio setup and you can clearly hear the difference. Now with audiophile recordings on Bluray it's possible to listen to the Master tapes and the difference can be quite marked.

Besides which albums like Pink Floyds Dark side of the moon were recorded in Quadraphonic it's impossible to listen to it without a surround system, and CD / mp3 can't carry enough data for multichannel albums. I don't know anyone else whose listened to Dark Side of the Moon as it was recorded, it's a very different experience !

Nice kit. Hot from me.

I switched away from floorstanders to smaller wall mounts earlier this year. Still 5.1 and still sounds good, but the floorstanders were just too much sound in a flat and I prefer having neighbours who don't want to kill me .....

Pretty much same setup sans floor standing speakers http://www.amazon.co.uk/Focal-700-Series-Speaker-Package-Ebony/dp/B00KAAHG3O

Looks to me like this is just the going rate atm.

I think some of the cold votes will be assuming the diminishing returns on audio equipment that expensive.
I've not voted, but imho from my own experiences, audio kit rapidly drops off in returns after a few hundred. So this would probably be for people who want the ultra premium (and not value for money). I've owned £1500 Dynaudios, and lots of cheap to mid range (£500~) sets, and there was a good improvement, but not anywhere near a linear increase with respect to the price. Despite the lies and rubbish you read in WhatHiFi (they say £100 hdmi cables are amazing, then show adverts for these £100 cables). I currently own some ESI nEar 05s (£160) and they are amazingly good, not that far off (apart from raw output power) the Dynaudios.

Some brands tend to tweak the response curve to give the impression of revealing something new (Beats are a good example), rather than just being a different take on the sound.
Anyway, like I say, I've not voted as I've not heard of this brand.
Edited by: "NitrousUK" 4th Dec 2014

dudedude

Anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference between high bitrate … Anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference between high bitrate MP3 and CD is a liar.



Yes, on a cheap nasty system. Have a decent system to go with these speakers and the MP3 will be shown up. As you spend more on a hi-fi set up, it can start to reveal the source you use.

great find op, though the focal sound is not for me

Midnight Tboy

I have this set (near enough)816v fronts, 806v rears. I opted to go for … I have this set (near enough)816v fronts, 806v rears. I opted to go for the 700 centre however....bear in mind if you plan on using the centre speaker mounted on a wall, the cc800v isn't too good an option as it has a rear firing port, which the cc700v does not. Works fantastic....paired with a BK Monolith subgreat bit of kit for the money



Ditto, except my fronts are 816w - the "special" version they did with different materials for the drivers. I also bought, when I got a nice bonus one year, the anniversary red 826w for stereo listening. I have become a big fan of Focal and, given the typical suburban listening environment, feel no need to upgrade in either case.

And yes, the CC800V is a beast and not wall mountable if just because of the size

And finally, also got the BK Monolith from before the Focal's and never really considered the sub that part of these packages - but they will not really compare either.

Anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference between high bitrate … Anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference between high bitrate MP3 and CD is a liar.



And anyone that say's they can't, Are listening through an "Alba All In One Stack System".

babylon

And anyone that say's they can't, Are listening through an "Alba All In … And anyone that say's they can't, Are listening through an "Alba All In One Stack System".



There's been tests done. I believe on Hydrogen Audio, where they did random blind A-B testing (on the many audio enthusiast members), and found people couldn't tell the difference between 192 MP3, 160 OGG, and CD.
Edited by: "NitrousUK" 4th Dec 2014

I regularly listen to 320k MP3 through a £2200 amp and £1500 speakers and can't reliably pick out the differences between than and the same material in FLAC. So many modern recordings are so crunched anyway that the format/bitrate can be largely irrelevant.

Only now do I find out that I could have saved a bundle of cash. Anyone have an Alba all in one stack system that they want to swap?
Edited by: "mistertad111" 4th Dec 2014

dudedude

Anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference between high bitrate … Anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference between high bitrate MP3 and CD is a liar.



I must be a liar then. Obviously if you can't tell the difference on your system then it must be the case. What a silly thing to say!

Wish I could afford a house with rooms large enough to setup speakers like these. I'll have to make do with my 5.1 satellite speakers for now.

dudedude

It's a 5.1 set, you need an AV receiver.Personally I don't think it … It's a 5.1 set, you need an AV receiver.Personally I don't think it matters that much which one you get. But you are looking at A/V rather than music equipment here.



sorry that's what I meant. will the Yamaha rx-v673 be able to drive these speakers or do I need to upgrade ma av receiver as well to maybe the yamaha advantage or equivilant range??

mosschops

I must be a liar then. Obviously if you can't tell the difference on … I must be a liar then. Obviously if you can't tell the difference on your system then it must be the case. What a silly thing to say!



It's not silly, it's a scientific fact, and ideas to the contrary are delusional based on confirmation bias.

Here's a test with trained listeners done over a decade ago on high-end equipment (MP3 codecs have got better since then), and 256kbit was indistinguishable from CD.

tra…ate.google.co.uk/tra…ate?hl=en&sl=de&u=heise.de/ct/…rch

shahidali47

sorry that's what I meant. will the Yamaha rx-v673 be able to drive these … sorry that's what I meant. will the Yamaha rx-v673 be able to drive these speakers or do I need to upgrade ma av receiver as well to maybe the yamaha advantage or equivilant range??



It will drive them no problem.

dudedude

Anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference between high bitrate … Anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference between high bitrate MP3 and CD is a liar.



Anyone who says things like this is ignorant. What audio set up do you have? have you ever ACTUALLY compared the sound of an MP3 file to a high quality CD or FLAC file? When I went from cheapy speakers to a good receiver and speakers I found I couldn't listen to some of the MP3 files I had of some pop music because it was so terribly recorded and mastered it ruined the song.

Please don't just say things like if you don't know what you're on about.
Edited by: "lukew5" 4th Dec 2014

dudedude

Anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference between high bitrate … Anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference between high bitrate MP3 and CD is a liar.



I notice a significant difference going from MP3 to CD...Actually hooked up my CD player to try it out and difference was pretty amazing! All depends on setup.

Bootygrabber

I notice a significant difference going from MP3 to CD...Actually hooked … I notice a significant difference going from MP3 to CD...Actually hooked up my CD player to try it out and difference was pretty amazing! All depends on setup.



This simply suggests that your CD player is a better source than whatever was sending your MP3s.

Try making a couple of good rips from the CD to FLAC and 320k MP3 and then compare.

AAAAAslapppaaaaadebasssssmannnnn

for a layman, how does this compare to bose 520 5.1 pls?
thanks
Edited by: "foxabcd1234" 4th Dec 2014

I have two of these just to annoy the wife. When i crank up the volume and base on the kitchen one, which is right under our bedroom, the whole house vibrates and plaster falls off the ceiling. She loves it. Especially when I get up for work at 6 a.m. and she wants a lay-in.
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