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My experience with Dynaudio is limited (read casual listening) but I can definitely comment on the Chorus and Kef. Between the two, provided everything else remains the same, my choice would be the Chorus, anyday!
But then again the caveat remains the same, it all depends on how, what and where you listen (some even consider the ??when? part also; not to mention waf, wine etc.)
All the best. Happy auditioning...
i thought the image was smeared and veiled - that is the best I can say about how it sounded.
tell me what your impressions are of this speaker
It's no surprice that one find another's findings contrary to their own in HiFi. The whole idea sometimes feels like thrive on subjective opinions afterall!
AFAIR the 816 sounded nice, better than the IQ9 imo. It had good imaging and impressive sound-stage. The voices were clear and the bass was tight. Infact, I felt the vocals were natural with that rare neutral touch. I don't remember correctly but believe it was driven by one of the Denon PMA/DCD-2000 or 1500 combo with Chord cables. Another better option would be to get the 807V
As they say, ymmv!
the Focals were a waste of time. I don't know why they even bother to sell those speakers (Chorus 816V). No detail, muddy through the entire spectrum and constricted soundstage.
I found them very disappointing, personally.
...Well, i felt the same and was quite surprised that you felt they were good.
So its 2 against 1 and why should that make you feel surprised that the 1 did not agree with your observations?
I would probably go the way of unleash_me myself. Ever since I saw and heard Focals Grande Utopia I'm sold on Focals. That's true of everyone in every area too. For instance I drink only Coke & Co. and don't drink Pepsi & Co. unless Coke & Co. is unavailable. I know some people who are the other way around.
Focals would probably end up sounding better to me just because they are Focals (we can call it mind coloration of music!!!). KEF on the other hand, a friend bought them over a year ago (costing around 3.5 lacs IIRC and brought all the way from France) and they did not sound like anything that was worth Rs. 3.5 lacs to me personally. With this personal experience behind me probably anything KEF would not sound great to my ears and sound overpriced!!!
it would be suicidal to jump into a brand since u liked the Utopias.
We all have our preferences and that diversity of opinion makes a forum fun to be part of IMO.