Since everyone wanna know, a bit OT..this is what I am probably going to replace the Focals with.
Speakers mounted on a wall with their woofer parallel to the wall exhibit serious cancellation problems due to wall reflections. There is a depression in the response of about 5 dB at 350 Hz followed by an exaggeration of about 5 dB around 800 Hz. This rather severe coloration cannot be compensated in the network and results in a very characteristic “sound” of such speakers.
Not only was it robust but it sounded remarkably linear -no boom, no suck-outs. The same can be said for midrange performance. The Gallo A'Diva speakers that the Thiels replaced suddenly sounded like miniatures - little boys sent to do a man's job while the Thiels sounded like cavalry. Where the admittedly and decidedly less expensive yet over-achieving A'Divas sounded clear and detailed, they also sounded as though they lacked density and body. The Thiels had that body, that density - that ability to conjure reality from thin air. While home theater enthusiasts often credit their systems for sounding better than commercial theaters, the fact is that while linear and refined, most home theater's I know lack the gravitas - the weight of a real theater. And I'm not talking about overloaded bass. I'm talking about a sonic saturation here that occurs through the midrange as well as the bass. Suddenly, my living room had that saturation. As far as my experience in my own home theater goes, it was a singular event. I'd never before heard it like this. I'd never heard such well-balanced density with absolutely no excess boom or bloom.
a pair of these and the CDQ in the bedroom.. also tempting..how do they sound placed close to wall? no port, so maybe ok?