For me --I've heard both--the Martens seem smoother--but if you're into heavy metal then the Focals have more "bite"
I have heard both in fact IMO I personally feel th Marten Duke-2 is the most musical loudspeaker I have heard and this is in direct comparison to the Magico monitor. The Magico may be or not as accurate these new Accuton drivers are exceptional and Clean,the latest improvement with all
martens speakers was the decision to use Mundorfs best Silver,Gold Oil
Capacitors it brings a new warm balanced sound with exceptional layering
And depth of instrument. The Magicos are a great speaker But not at over
$25k. As far as the Focal ,Nola , or anything in between for this speaker
To be this good and can be purchased for under$7500 it is on of the best buys in a reference quality speaker. Make sure youhave a very good quality stand the Duke stand you can get for around $950 and good cables are a must for these speakers draw out which is on the cd or record.
I would recommend a good quality subwoofer if you want great low Bass
Into the 30s and 20s. The new svs sealed 13.5 is incredibly good
Youcan buy 2 for the price of one JLaudio sub and the quality is very close. This is my new speaker come income tax time .my freind in Boston has had them for over a month and said even at 400 hours they continue
To keep getting better,this is because the Mundorf caps are so huge
And the ceramic drivers surrounds are so stiff. This is a loudspeaker I would recommend with total confidence ,with a sub- subs from hard rock
To full tilt orchestral !!
Thanks for the information and good advice. I'm just hoping that the new Duke have at least adequate bass w/o a woofer. Would you say the Duke 2 compares well to other stand mount monitor's bass performance? I'm not really a big bass guy. I just want some resonable bottom end. Just for perspective, I was pretty content with my early Quad 63 bass. Most importantly, I value musicality, tonal balance, layering and a speaker that disappears. I have sound anchor stands with changeable feet that will allow for either 24" or 26" height.
I will be using an Ayre Ax-5 amp to drive the Duke 2, and after seeing tubes most often withthe Martens, I'm hoping quality solid state will work well.