Hi. Do any Focal / JM Lab users or sellers have any comments re: the sound quality of the Series III Utopia line vs the Be (previous) line?
I like the look of the Grand Utopia BE (not the inital version), with the wood sides and the look of the Focal Scala Utopia III in white. The price of the two (one used) and one new, is comparable.
I have been quite impressed with the general sound of the B&W 800 and 802 diamonds, and have heard that the Focal have the same detailed quality sound, but with the addition of much increased musicality.
I would buy something like the B&W's for a friend (and still may for myself...) but am really looking for something special, both audibly (especially!) and visually, to use for many years.
To my eye, these two Focals are special, in that regard. I would really like to constrain my price, given the quality I have heard now with the 800's and 802's.
JV had great things to say about the Focal Stella Utopia III in the latest German show report. Does a good portion of that quality transcend down to the Scala III? How does the BE line (particularly the Grand Utopia III) compare to the new III?
Thank you everyone for all your suggestions.