Hello again, yesterday I had my first demo in a store in Slovenia. I wasn’t able to test all of the speakers I wanted, but still I got a pretty good impression. Demo room was similarly sized as my living room. The store didn’t have the receiver I want to buy (Yamaha RX-V6A), instead we used Marantz NR1710. I wanted to try Focal Chora’s 806, KEF Q350 and Q Acoustics 3030i. At the end I didn’t try the KEFs, because they were brand new and the seller said I won’t get the correct impression, because their haven’t been tuned in yet.
So... First I tried Focal Chora 806 and I must say, I was really impressed with the details they provided. Listening to Beyonce’s Pray You Catch Me made me feel as if she is singing in front of us. In Armin van Buuren’s Mirage I heard the details in violins I’ve never heard before. It was like I was able to hear the sound of strings so clear and detailed, I was really impressed. But what I missed was a bit of bass and because of that the seller told me I‘d maybe like 3030is better for that. Yes, the bass was heavier and punchier with those Q Acoustics, but other sounds weren’t nearly as clear and detailed as with Choras. Violin sounded the same as I was used to, there weren’t those “violin string pulling and sliding” details anymore. Then I tried Choras 826 (floorstanding speakers) and their bass was punchier than in 806, while the details remained more or less the same. I’m thinking I’d get better end result to pair 806 with dedicated subwoofer, like we talked before. What do you think? Because the price would be pretty similar... Pair of 826s or pair of 806s with SVS SB1000 (pro)...
Subwoofer of course as you watch movies/shows too. I think the app allows you to set two settings one for movies and other for music if i´m correct. I would have listened the Q350 even if they were brand new, it´s not like they would have changed so much after "break in-period". If you can visit the shop again i would compare the Focals and Kef still. I don`t think QA can compete with either of these being also cheaper. Of course if there is other shops near you to visit with some other brands/models in your list then go there.. But yeah SB1000 Pro with 806 looks like your best bet at this point. You could play little bit how far the speakers are from front wall, moving them closer can boost the bass, but may also affect other areas then. If they were positioned further away from walls the amount you may not be possible to keep at home then push them in and listen.