Re: Best/SQ - component set - NO budget help
Actually the Focal 165 K3P set at a measely $1400/set will be all you need. What you want is a different story. The K3P give you 2 6.5" midbass drivers with a fantastic tweeter. The Rainbows are incredible, but plan on spending incredible amounts for them too.
As a former owner of Horns (USD Waveguides), what was noted before in needing at least a 30band 1/3 octave equalizer is an absolute must. So figure on paying a bundle for the equipment. Then understand that they are not an instant "imaging wonder". You have to play with the positioning, figure about 4 to 40 hours for perfect imaging. Plus you will need a midbass driver to match it. Too much trouble. Are you planning on competing? If so maybe the horns will be perfect, but they are too much trouble for a daily driver when there are so many excellent component sets out there.
The Focals will handle 200w nominal, 400w max.
Don't take our word for it, listen to them yourself. And don't stand right in front of the speaker (not to think you would...) but step back about 4 feet from the display and listen to the imaging and the tonal balance, only then would I contemplate buying speakers.
Good luck in your hunt for great sound.
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