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Grmanalishi
11-13-2006, 12:29 PM
I know the tweeters are made of aluminum and I know I can't take titanium tweeters (ie. Infinity). They're really piercing. I could only find one review on the net for a Focal speaker (6x9) and it was very positive. And woofersetc.com has Focal speakers rated as extremely popular. Any thoughts?

Motovet
11-14-2006, 12:50 AM
Tha K2p's sounded nice to me.

Towncar
11-14-2006, 01:10 AM
They are very bright...

Dephect
11-14-2006, 02:57 AM
focal are great speakers. they are bright, but they're up there with boston and etc.

if you're interested in focal, you might be interested in hertz as well. hertz is from italy and is owned by audison. i personally own hertz components and i love them.

enzowho
11-14-2006, 03:14 AM
They are very bright...

x2. They do sound excellent, but I cannot listen to them for any extended period of time.

jacka
11-14-2006, 03:50 AM
i've heard both the k2p and 165v2.. and both very harsh in my opinion. coulda had more midbass, but the midrange was very detailed.

hatemonger
11-14-2006, 03:57 AM
they're very nice. especially if you have good eq control on the deck or externally.

dleccord
11-14-2006, 04:01 AM
is it clarity bright or slightly distorted bright?

2kchevy06civic
11-14-2006, 04:03 AM
I used to own the 165A's and I thought they were pretty good for the price. I agree that they lacked a bit in midbass but I didn't have my doors sealed and I was only feeding them 75 watts. The tweeters never got harsh b/c they were done in the floor and werne't aimed at me. I believe I paid around 240 for my set and I thought they were great.

I've never heard the higher end stuff from focal but I've read pretty decent reviews.

hatemonger
11-14-2006, 04:04 AM
is it clarity bright or slightly distorted bright?

not distorted. you can't just blast rms power at them and expect a smooth sound. if you have good eq controls, one of the best around.

joetama
11-14-2006, 04:16 AM
The metal that the tweeter is made out of is only one factor that makes it sound the way it does. So, don't discount all titanium tweeters because you don't like some of them. Personally I like alloy and silk dome tweeters because of their smoothness. I would say check out some Max Fidelity Tweeters and some other mids than going with a Focal set. Shopping for a component set is hard because not many places sell high end ones that are worth what they are charging...

MBrock4u
11-14-2006, 05:39 AM
I got to listen to some last year at a local shop. To me, they were amazingly clear and detailed. They are very bight speakers, which is not what I was looking for. I like a smoother sound. If you are looking for a bright speaker, these are fabulous. They, to me, cost too much money , but if you are willing to spend the doe, they are impressive.

DoobieBrother
11-14-2006, 03:23 PM
I really like them. They are bright (very clear) and mid-bass can be very good. It's in the install. They get progressively warmer if you listen to their different models. 165A1 --> 165V1 --> 165V2 --> 165KP, etc.

Notwerk
11-14-2006, 03:37 PM
They're **** bright. You can probably get around this if you're willing to put in the install work and play with the tweeter mounting. It probably helps if you like bright highs. I like them more than Quart, but I don't like bright speakers at all, so take that with a grain of salt :)

If you're not into the bright tweeter thing, and want something that works well out-of-the-box, as it were, Focal might not be for you. I'd strongly encourage listening before you buy.

I always found Focals to have plenty of punchy midbass for the price.

They're just not very neutral speakers, but I guess you can't accuse them of being dull, either.

6spdcoupe
11-14-2006, 04:49 PM
Focal is a great company supporting a solid product. Although the lack of midbass and the harshness of the tweets are more of an aquired taste. They are by no means 'bad' sound, just not for everyone.

6spdcoupe
11-14-2006, 04:50 PM
focal are great speakers. they are bright, but they're up there with boston and etc.

if you're interested in focal, you might be interested in hertz as well. hertz is from italy and is owned by audison. i personally own hertz components and i love them.

Hertz is not owned by Audison, they together are owned by Elettromedia. They are also not nearly as bright/fatiguing as the Focals are.

computerparts
11-14-2006, 05:04 PM
Just like everything else it is all about component matching and install. Get a smooth amp for the Focals, give them a proper install, and you'll be fine IMO. I don't remember any Focal setup I've heard lacking midbass either.

Nightscrawler
11-14-2006, 10:42 PM
I have listen to Focals a couple of times in the local authorised dealer. It performs very good on vocals. It gets strong midbass as well. But I don't really like how it sounds. A little bit too warm, not energetic enough for me.

It gets a character. Just may not be everyone's favourite.