Focal XS 2.1 sounded lifeless and harsh on the first day. It has become to my
reference for a fun desktop speaker after a year. The XS Book is more different to 2.1 then i expected.
Pro: Grand sound-stage, good dynamics, detailed, very even. Emotional without being warm, very cool.
Con: The plastic stand makes resonance, very rarely. iPod dock is outdated. They are desktop speakers but the sub placement
is a hassle. Heavy and barely transportable. These are a transition between a HiFi system and a media speaker in size and sound.
I'm very satisfied with it, however i sold it to my friend. Deep hum only audible from close.
Pro: Sound is intimate. Sound-stage is good, well detailed, sweet midrange. These are more laid-back then 2.1, by no means fatiguing.
I have not found their perfect place yet in my room. They sounded very different in each room i've tried.
Con: Bass is boxy in the shadow of the XS 2.1. They are not as even and powerful (2x20W versus the XS 2.1 2x30W+70W).
Hiss is more apparent then in 2.1. slight compromise but there, i don't like it.
Happy news! Sound with the RCA input is another level!
I needed a more transportable, cheaper Focal, now i got it.
Edited by angevoi - 4/28/13 at 4:48am