I have the Kanta 2's for my L/R/C driven by a mcintosh mc452 for 2.2 and a mcintosh mc275 tube amp for 2.0. Awesome speakers.
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I compared Focal's with Sonus Faber's and found them to be vastly different. With that said, I'd make sure I'd pair whatever choice you make in speaker with an amp that would bring out the best.
In my opinion the Sonus Faber's have a "softer", less dynamic sound, and would probably respond well to a "fast" sounding amplifier. I have found the Focal's to benefit from smoother sounding amps, I have a McIntosh MC452 driving my Sopra No2's, a very good match...but have heard similarly priced Sonus Faber's connected to that same amp, and they sounded (to me) somewhat muted. When I did that audition the Focal's seemed to fill the room, while the Sonus Faber's sounded like they were played in another room...very much muted.
When selecting my current set of speakers, I listened to both the Focal Kanta No. 2 and the Sonus Fabor Olympica 2 (not the 3). Not the exact comparison you are looking for, but close. Both speakers were driven with the same equipment in the same room. I liked both of them quite a lot. I ended up with the Focals (which admittedly cost more), mainly because they resolved to a greater level of detail, without being too harsh or bright.
One note about the Focals (which I drive with a Levinson 585) - I have seen a number of comments about the Focals being harsh or bright. My experience has been that once broken in (which takes quite a while), they are very smooth. If they sound harsh, the problem is somewhere else - either in the system driving them or the room acoustics.