Focal Chorus 816 V Floor Standing Speakers £649.99, was £1279.00. @ Nintronics.co.uk
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Focal Chorus 816 V Floor Standing Speakers £649.99, was £1279.00. @ Nintronics.co.uk

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Found 27th May 2014
Seems like a price worthy of some heat hopefully! Free delivery and five year warranty.

The description:

The floor standing 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.

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Never heard of Focal, are these going to be big improvement over my 170W Bush speakers? Description says Focals are 200W so should be better?

Original Poster

BenderRodriguez

Never heard of Focal, are these going to be big improvement over my 170W … Never heard of Focal, are these going to be big improvement over my 170W Bush speakers? Description says Focals are 200W so should be better?



I am not an expert, but I think Bush are not what I would call high end, so I assume so

Would these be a good match for my Binatone stereogram?

Anyone have these in a hifi set up able to comment? Quick search online seems to indicate they have been around since around 2006 at least, is this correct?

hermano2

Anyone have these in a hifi set up able to comment? Quick search online … Anyone have these in a hifi set up able to comment? Quick search online seems to indicate they have been around since around 2006 at least, is this correct?



That's too old then, any decent company should release new models more often. Better stick with something more popular like Sony or Pioneer then.

Original Poster

Here is a review for anyone interested:

witchdoctor.co.nz/ind…ew/

Its from May 2013.

Oh dear. Distinct lack of hifi experts here. Good price from what I can see.

Original Poster

jrw

Oh dear. Distinct lack of hifi experts here. Good price from what I can … Oh dear. Distinct lack of hifi experts here. Good price from what I can see.



Lol, thanks xxx

nejjy

Here is a review for anyone … Here is a review for anyone interested:http://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/index.php/2013/05/focal-chorus-816v-floorstanding-loudspeakers-review/Its from May 2013.



And here from 2006 (sorry, its german but google translates well).

testberichte.de/tes…tml

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hermano2

And here from 2006 (sorry, its german but google translates … And here from 2006 (sorry, its german but google translates well).http://www.testberichte.de/test/produkt_tests_focal_chorus_816v_p83869.html



Thanks will have a look.

I have had these exact speakers a few years ago, they are superb & that price is 50% of what I paid. They are well detailed but be aware can be bass heavy, but in saying that proper bass not boomy bass.

Focal are a French speaker company & now own Naim who are a renowned British hifi maker.

This is a bargain.

Normal price. Cold

Seem to be cheaper in Europe (500 Euros - £405). Not sure how much shipping would be though eshop.nl/win…cpc
Edited by: "mtc1" 27th May 2014

If you take the rear window out of a Ford Focus it will be cold when you're driving unless the weather is quite warm or even hot, and you could fit these speakers on the parcel shelf.

rob1990

Would these be a good match for my Binatone stereogram?

They will certainly get the best out of it.

It's only a Chorus, at this price I'd want an Orchestra, LOL.

On a serious note, I know nothing about these speakers, since I've been out of the AV market for quite a while, so if anyone has an expert opinion please share. Reviews are fine but real life experiences by someone with good knowledge is often better.

mtc1

Seem to be cheaper in Europe (500 Euros - £405). Not sure how much … Seem to be cheaper in Europe (500 Euros - £405). Not sure how much shipping would be though http://www.eshop.nl/winkel/Luidspreker/Focal_Chorus_816_V_ebony.html?utm_source=Kieskeurig.nl&utm_medium=cpc



That is an excellent price & it says free delivery, I'd be tempted to buy these again at that price.

fishmaster

If you take the rear window out of a Ford Focus it will be cold when … If you take the rear window out of a Ford Focus it will be cold when you're driving unless the weather is quite warm or even hot, and you could fit these speakers on the parcel shelf.



"When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they expect sardines to be thrown into the sea," Eric Cantona

tpol

It's only a Chorus, at this price I'd want an Orchestra, LOL.On a serious … It's only a Chorus, at this price I'd want an Orchestra, LOL.On a serious note, I know nothing about these speakers, since I've been out of the AV market for quite a while, so if anyone has an expert opinion please share. Reviews are fine but real life experiences by someone with good knowledge is often better.



I've had these speakers & they are superb in my opinion. Placement is fairly critical but mine were firing down my living room & were both detailed & musical. You won't need a sub woofer with these speakers guaranteed unless you want to shake the windows out.

Tallyho

That is an excellent price & it says free delivery, I'd be tempted to buy … That is an excellent price & it says free delivery, I'd be tempted to buy these again at that price.



35 Euros delivery to the UK it seems.

BenderRodriguez

That's too old then, any decent company should release new models more … That's too old then, any decent company should release new models more often. Better stick with something more popular like Sony or Pioneer then.



Try telling that to Rega or is that not a decent company in your view ?



Focals are very good and yes, Bush are pretty low end. There will be a sizeable difference as long as you pair it with a good amp to do them justice.

BenderRodriguez

Never heard of Focal, are these going to be big improvement over my 170W … Never heard of Focal, are these going to be big improvement over my 170W Bush speakers? Description says Focals are 200W so should be better?

hermano2

Anyone have these in a hifi set up able to comment? Quick search online … Anyone have these in a hifi set up able to comment? Quick search online seems to indicate they have been around since around 2006 at least, is this correct?



Not true at all. A lot of audiophile grade equipment does not get nearly as many updates as you would think. Because they are THAT good.
Edited by: "good_kid_maad_city" 27th May 2014

BenderRodriguez

Never heard of Focal, are these going to be big improvement over my 170W … Never heard of Focal, are these going to be big improvement over my 170W Bush speakers? Description says Focals are 200W so should be better?



See the 170W and 200W? All that means is the maximum power they can take before blowing up. Not a measurement of better or worse.
If you were getting anywhere near that you wouldn't be deaf, you wouldn't have a head.

Edited by: "bleachingshane" 27th May 2014

ITT some audiophiles aren't very good at detecting sarcasm.

Tallyho

£122,000 for these … £122,000 for these :http://www.nintronics.co.uk/bundles/hi-fi/speakers/focal-grande-utopia-em-floor-standing-speaker.html?gclid=CPb8_M6Izb4CFcbKtAodmFwAdQ

Yes an absolute steal, & apparently the first 5 customers will receive a free outfit of new clothes, fit for an emporer!

Don't assume this price is for a pair of speakers just because theres a picture showing two!

Tallyho

£122,000 for these … £122,000 for these :http://www.nintronics.co.uk/bundles/hi-fi/speakers/focal-grande-utopia-em-floor-standing-speaker.html?gclid=CPb8_M6Izb4CFcbKtAodmFwAdQ



Thanks, they look good so I went for a pair! Only a quarter of a Mil X)
Edited by: "21benson" 28th May 2014

I think there's some trolling going on

professorx

Don't assume this price is for a pair of speakers just because theres a … Don't assume this price is for a pair of speakers just because theres a picture showing two!


Are you expecting a four speaker package then? (Rushes out to get his Quadrophonic pressing of Birds of Fire by the Mahavishnu Orchestra).

This thread =

https://forum-s3.pinside.com/201212/527542/57373.jpg

Funny though.

Tallyho

Try telling that to Rega or is that not a decent company in your view ?




Eeew, record players are for old people, I keep all my music on iPhone 5, just had to upgrade headphones to Beats.

Trying to show some sanity here... This is a good price but not great in the moden world. The 816V's are nice speakers but are getting a little old and are probably near end-of-line - I have to say I have not kept up-to-date with recent developments from them. I say this as someone who has *all* Focal speakers for a 5.1 AV and a 2.0 stereo set-up. The sub is from BKElec but everything else is from the Chorus series. I can't fault them, it's as simple as that. There are better speakers but not for the same money. I bought a pair 816W fronts, SR800V surrounds and a CC800V centre about 4 years ago - the W distinction is important and there are plenty of references as to the difference between the 8x6V and 8x6W series - but it's not a showstopper for most.

Focal are rather cool as they make everything from scratch in their factory in France. Most may know them from the car speaker market but their home hifi/AV stuff is also very nice. Oh for the oney to upgrade my 2.0 system to the Be tweeter based floorstanders

Search youtube for a Focal factory tour etc...

UPDATE: I should note that these speakers need some decent electronics to drive them properly. The go down to below 4 ohms when driven hard and your amp may not be able to cope. The like, love being driven hard :P

Edited by: "PeterGalbavy" 28th May 2014

Banned

jrw

Oh dear. Distinct lack of hifi experts here. Good price from what I can … Oh dear. Distinct lack of hifi experts here. Good price from what I can see.



Paying ridiculous prices for speakers that sound the same as speakers one tenth of the price unfortunately does not make an expert.

Cold as it's most certainly not a deal.

trixabel

Paying ridiculous prices for speakers that sound the same as speakers one … Paying ridiculous prices for speakers that sound the same as speakers one tenth of the price unfortunately does not make an expert.Cold as it's most certainly not a deal.



HAHA - please see my previous post....This is you.

I can say for certain that my Monitor Audio RX6's hooked up to a REGA Amp are a whole lot better than any system at a tenth of the price.

BenderRodriguez

Eeew, record players are for old people, I keep all my music on iPhone 5, … Eeew, record players are for old people, I keep all my music on iPhone 5, just had to upgrade headphones to Beats.



I don't own a record player yet i play all my Lossless music on my server through my REGA DAC into my REGA Amp....

whathifi.com/rev…o-r

jrw

I don't own a record player yet i play all my Lossless music on my server … I don't own a record player yet i play all my Lossless music on my server through my REGA DAC into my REGA Amp....http://www.whathifi.com/review/rega-brio-r

Niiiiiiiiiiice. (_;) http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Media/Pix/pictures/2008/03/31/jazz460.jpg

BenderRodriguez

Eeew, record players are for old people, I keep all my music on iPhone 5, … Eeew, record players are for old people, I keep all my music on iPhone 5, just had to upgrade headphones to Beats.



So your into decent replay formats (not) then & that makes you an authority on fidelity.

God forbid (_;)

jrw

I don't own a record player yet i play all my Lossless music on my server … I don't own a record player yet i play all my Lossless music on my server through my REGA DAC into my REGA Amp....http://www.whathifi.com/review/rega-brio-r



Nice set up that

trixabel

Paying ridiculous prices for speakers that sound the same as speakers one … Paying ridiculous prices for speakers that sound the same as speakers one tenth of the price unfortunately does not make an expert.Cold as it's most certainly not a deal.



Oh dear oO
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