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post #16 of 45

I can recommend the XS 2.1, currently my main stereo speaker.  

I've heard good things about Aktimate media speakers (Epos), Monsoon planar media speakers and Quad 9La.

I consider Focals price acceptable but B&W and Audioengine looks too expensive. Audioengine

 nice looking and easy to listen but does not have the sonic edge for a high end desktop speaker i'd expect.Their

first line A5 has a serious flaw, overheating then turning off. They fixed the issue with a new version which has

heat sinks.

post #17 of 45

I actually prefer the more affordable XS book to the more expensive focal 2.1 set-up. The XS book is awesome value, great on electronica.

post #18 of 45
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I actually prefer the more affordable XS book to the more expensive focal 2.1 set-up. The XS book is awesome value, great on electronica.

Doesn't it lack bass? No built in DAC, seems the price of an external DAC would make it more expensive than the 2.1.

post #19 of 45

How do they differ in sound?

post #20 of 45
The funny thing is what I preferred the most the 2.0 system was how much better the bass was. But really, think I almost liked everything better about them. No iPod dock but who cares.
post #21 of 45

I bought the Focal x2.1 system for my son who is at college.

 

It is a very good system.

 

Advantages:

 

1. The sub can be put under your desk so you don't get any desk boom, and it is out of the way,

2. the little speakers take up very little real estate on your desk and have their own well designed stands and look very good next to a Mac or other similar silver coloured computer  any speaker placed on a desk sounds so much better if it is placed on a solid stand so as stands are included you don't need to spend more money on stands.

3. it has its own built in DAC so if you do use an ipod the ipod's rubbish DAC is bypassed

4. it will re-charge your ipod and has a neat little remote control as well as an aux input,

5. I tried it in my study which contains my bigger mucho expensive system on the other side of my study and at times I forgot which system I was listening to

6. It images extremely well.

 

Disdvantages:

 

1. Plays to a reasonable volume level (for near listening) but will not shake the room (but who needs that ?)

2. it is a complete system including all wiring so you can't mix and match other components in with it (other than via ipod dock and the AUX input) but this actually makes it a very neat and compact system.

 

If I wss to buy a near filed system for my desk I would buy one of these.

post #22 of 45
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Originally Posted by s4s4s4 View Post

The funny thing is what I preferred the most the 2.0 system was how much better the bass was. But really, think I almost liked everything better about them. No iPod dock but who cares.

Hmm... Are you sure your listening environment was the same? Do you run the Book through a DAC? It's just hard to believe the cheaper model without dedicated sub & DAC would sound better.

post #23 of 45

I'm also curious about sonic differences, maybe the Book (used with DAC) is better on low volume?

post #24 of 45

Alright then, i will tell the difference soon, i am trading my 2.1 to Book on Saturday.

post #25 of 45
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Alright then, i will tell the difference soon, i am trading my 2.1 to Book on Saturday.

Why? Is the 2.1 not working for you?

post #26 of 45

i need a smaller system. 2.1 is not transportable and too powerful for me. I like the change anyway.


Edited by angevoi - 4/26/13 at 2:16am
post #27 of 45
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i need a smaller system. 2.1 is not transportable and too powerful for me. I like the change anyway.

I see. Please let me know what you think of the Book when you get it. Will you be running it with a DAC?

post #28 of 45

I'll compare them side by side tomorrow. i use it with an odac.

post #29 of 45

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.

 

XS 2.1

 

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.

 

XS Book

 

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
post #30 of 45

Give it time you will see the light, the book is way better.

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