Focal UK New Special Edition Chorus series

Focal UK today announced the launch of a new series of special edition loudspeakers exclusive to the UK market. The new series, the Chorus 800V W UK Special Edition, feature Focal’s very special W cone sandwich and is finished is high gloss black.

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Summer Sounds Roadshow from Naim

33 Naim retailers across the UK are particpating in the Naim Summer Sounds roadshow.
Featured products are the newly launched Ovator S-600 speaker and there will also be previews of the soon to be launched Naim DAC.

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The Neats have arrived

After much heavy breathing, carrying the Neat Acoustics MF9s up two flights of stairs, they are now in place and running in.
They seem to work pretty well in roughly the same position as the ES30s, which is about 15cm closer to the back wall and about 20cm closer to the side walls than the MF7s.
The bass in this spot is really detailed and surprisingly dry: when the music doesn’t deliver bass there isn’t any. I must have hit just the right spot in the room.
It’s probably going to take a couple of weeks for everything to truly settle before I can do the final moving around but so far very pleased.

I’m really enjoying listening to music on these and that’s only after a few hours of running in.


Just sold my Epos ES30s

Sort of sad to see a pair of loudspeakers go that I have been listening to and enjoying for around 10 years. Strangely, looking back, it seems I change speakers around every decade.
The Epos’ have a wonderful way of communicating music but having recently had the Neat MF7s here for a month or so the ES30s just had to go.
Next week, hopefully, a pair of MF9s will be arriving – In fact Bob Surgeoner the man behind Neat Acoustics is bringing them and maybe I can persuade him to help carry then up the two flights of stairs. I’ll report on the Neats as soon as they have had a few days to run in.
At the moment I’m using a pair of stand-mounting ALR Note 3s on Slate stands. Rather missing the scale and weight of the Neat MF7s but the ALRs aren’t too shabby as they say.
The Note’s have mass adjustable Auxilliary Bass Radiators (ABRs) and setting the right tuning point for the bass has given me a speaker with a good bass entension but far more importantly excellent timing.