Focal Sopra 2


I just posted a review of the Focal Sopra 2 and my speaker journey.

A little sample.

"First listen and I was smiling. The same beautiful sound that I heard in the large showroom was present in my home! And I only had to turn the preamp volume half as high as I had to with the Bob Carver Amazing Line Source speakers. The sound quality was there from the lowest bass to the upper treble. Nothing stood out, or faltered, the sound just blended together as one cohesive sound that is so easy to listen to for hours and hours. Also, I think the speaker style is cool and the speakers finish is impeccable."

Full review below is in the Audiogon Member Review section.

https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/my-speaker-journey-and-focal-sopra-2

ozzy
ozzy
Really enjoyed reading this Ozzy.  Glad you found the right speaker for you.
Best....
I also added the Iso Acoustics GAIA 1's footers under the Sopra's.

ozzy
Congrats Ozzy, happy you found a speaker that you really like.  Your mention of the Von Schweikert struck a cord with me.  I was intrigued by the VR33 speakers they were making.  I read all the reports and found a used pair here and bought them.  Biggest disappointment of my audio journey.  I couldn't stand them and stopped listening to my main rig.  A year later, I sold them for a huge loss and purchased the GE Triton 1 and last year moved up to the Triton Ref.

Your review was extremely well written and I really enjoyed reading it.
ozzy - whats your opinion on the Gai ?
Great review Ozzy.

I had to say I was wondering what you would make of the Carver speakers when I first read you had bought them.

Forget now how many speakers gone through based on reading reviews and been disappointed in one way or another.

Not sure we truly learn our lessons... lol

Love the looks of the Sopras and it appears they have the nads to back up the looks.

Enjoy.
After hearing the Sopra N3 powered by the new Classe amps at RMAF, I'm dreaming of a set of them.  Very smooth sounding, with nice, deep bass. 
Stereo5, maplegroovemusic, uberwaltz, lak, mtrot, Thank you for the replies.

Maplegroovemusic, The Iso Acoustics GAIA 1 were put under the Sopra’s the next day after I found the sweet spot. At the time, they did seem to add a deeper 3D image to the sound, but now I am used to it. They were kinda tough to install since my right arm is still recovering from surgery. I also bought the carpet spikes.

uberwaltz, yeah I was disappointed in the Carver speakers. There was a review of them in 2015 in the Absolute Sound but I think that was of a earlier version.
BTW, Bob Carver also doesn’t think too much about speaker cable quality. He told me so. And after looking at the wire in his umbilical cord connecting the crossover to the speaker it appears to be about 18 gauge wire.

mtrot,
I hope you can get them. With the Sopra 2’s now on the Iso acoustic footers they appear to be much larger than they are. The Sopra 3’s would even be taller. But if you have the room they are really impressive sounding.

ozzy


I should add that my review is slanted to the type of genre and sound that I prefer. Many of the other speakers that I listened to did have their qualities and I didn’t mean to dismiss some of the very popular designs.

I did want to hear the Legacy Aeries but never got the chance. The Tekton speakers are inexpensive relatively speaking, and seemed interesting, but I couldn’t get past all the drivers and the boxy exterior. I also wanted to hear the new Martin Logan’s but passed based on the Magnepan demo. But so many people own these...

So, based on your equipment, genre, and listening habits many of the other speakers could be preferred to what I like.

ozzy
I just removed the metal screen cover that is over the Sopra tweeter and found additional airiness along with a wider dispersion. 
So, those of you with these speakers remove those grills!

ozzy
I often wondered how they would sound with the metal screen removed. 
Your post helped me decide to remove them. Definitely hearing the wider dispersion.  

Mike
I thought metal grill was there over Berillium tweeter to prevent accidental touching since material is toxic and very fragile.
@dmk_hifi not at all.  It's there to tweak the sound from the tweeter.  Focal thinks it sounds better that way; obviously, others disagree.  There is nothing dangerous about the tweeter in its current form.  In fact, the earlier generation of Utopia III speakers let you completely remove the tweeter grill by simply pulling it off as it was only magnetically attached.
93cobra, dmk_hifi, bar81,

Thanks for that information.
When you look at pictures of Focal’s higher end Utopia line they seem to be shown with no screen.
To me, it does sound better sans screen.

ozzy

twoleftears,

I read that notice with the instructions for the speakers. I took it as though it is dangerous if the tweeter gets damaged. Which I hope will never happen.

ozzy
...if the tweeter gets damaged.

Which I assume is a little more likely if one removes the protective screen.
For me the risk is worth the reward. Big difference in sound with them removed.  Only person I need to worry about damaging the tweeters...is myself...
93cobra,
I agree. 
When was the last time you poked out a tweeter or any speaker?

ozzy
I would think that homesteads that are void of children without climbing animals should be able to handle the removal of the protective screen etc.
lak.

Thanks. I agree.

ozzy
Did you listen to both the Sopra 2 and 3 before buying?  I am leaning towards the 3 only because they are the ones I demoed.  Now to decide on color...
I have owned the 2 and currently have the 3 and I will tell you if you love the 2's the 3's will absolutely blow you away. 
At the Audio store I was only able to listen to the Sopra 3’s and they were awesome! I picked the High Gloss black since most of my equipment is either black or silver. But the Blue looked pretty nice!

ozzy
I had heard the Utopia Grande (over $200k/pair) driven by the Naim Statement NAP S1 monoblock amps + Naim Statement NAC S1 linestage analog preamp before and those were the best I've heard. They also had very high end flagship Naim 500 series streamer/DAC digital front end components with separate Naim 500 psu. Highly musical presentation. You could easily perceive the very subtle dynamic shifts in timbre. 
caphill,

I have never heard the Utopia line, but I would like to someday. They must be huge!

From what I have read, Focal actually makes the speaker drivers in house and is one of the largest speaker manufacturers in the world. 

ozzy