Just get a utopia sub(current or wait new em) and cross at 40hz.diablo is better on low levels listening than scala IMHO.
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My local Focal dealer always pairs the Utopia speakers with JL Audio subwoofers. The most impressed I've been was Diablo's with JL Audio subwoofer, bit I don't know which model other than it wasn't the Gothom (they do have one). I liked the Diablo's better than the Grande's. I have not heard the Scala but they did have a pair and they are about three quarters of the Grande, still very large. I think a subwoofer would be a better investment if it were my money. You can't go wrong with Diablo's in my opinion.
I have given serious thoughts about using the subwoofer. However, my wife does not want too many of my toys shown in the living room. The less the better. As a result, that is the reason for me to look into bigger speakers. Currently looking at YG Carmel, Scala, Tidal Piano and Revel Studio2.
Thanks very much for your input.
Correction, I was thinking of the new Stella and not the Scalla. The Scalla isn't nearly as big and is fairly reasonable for a normal room, but I'd still think a JL Audio subwoofer sitting in the corner might have a higher WAF than spending double to get larger speakers. I've heard the Scalla speakers at the store a little bit and was impressed, but I've never heard them in the main listening room hooked to identical equipment to make a true comparison to the other speakers. I think I've heard them hooked to some Pathos equipment rather than Krell or Asthetix like the others.
based on the past experience:
1) if you go with JL Audio Sub, you must buy an active crossover( Bryston makes) it will be costly as buying sub, plus, another set of cables, a descent sub cable.......
2)Pass XA series overall a good contender but if you talk about bass which is kingdom of Krell since it keeps pumping the bass even load is less than 1 ohm. With Pass amp you are limited between 4-8 ohms.
3)Seriously, Scala did better and observable compared to Wilson Sophia as far as bass concerned. Didn't do the faults of Sophia since all variables of the setup remained constant.
In other words, a loudspeaker which is comparable or even better than Wilson Sophia is likely to be very good speaker indeed. Ofcourse you may compare wilson sasha to Scala or maestro Utopia but mind you there are not many manufacturers in this particular price range...