There is a reason why they won't let you audition the Sapphires - and being not completely truthful towards you would be a good reason to move on and not let them have your hard-earned monies.
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...while i like when speaker can provide scale i would always opt for bookshelf of the class above floorstander if considered between two...C1s have better cabinet and is more musical speaker than those two...little different...Focus and Sapphire are more forward sounding speakers while C1s are more laid back...more forgiving with great mids...nicer to listen over long haul...they are made for music you listen...and is not shy on a bass for a monitor....im not fan of a Krell but i am sure it will do the job for C1s...however i think its questionable it would give justice to Sapphires regarding the power...
I would contact Dynaudio regarding warranty. Here in the states the warranty follows the speaker regardless if you are the original owner.
I owned C1's and later C1 Sig's for about 6 years. Great speaker. I had heard the Sapphires on many occasions. They have more forward sound. They are quite lively and punchy with deeper lows. Highs will be a bit brighter even though it has the same Esotar2 tweeter. When I first heard them all I could say is WOW. But in my personal opinion/taste I can't listen to them very long when playing them LOUD. Although both speakers have the same Dynaudio sound they are very different in the way the music is presented.
That said I haven't heard the Focus 340's. But I will say I have found that as you move up the Dyn ladder the sound gets a little more refined with each step up. Also Dyn should start shipping the new Contour 'C' series around October of this year. They are also working on an 'Evidence' monitor.
Thanks everyone for your advice.
I have basically decided on the C1s, but am also flirting with the idea of the C2s. My only concern, aside from cost, and wife, is whether or not they would be too big for my 14x18' room.
Would the C2s be able to "breathe" in a room that size? I don't want to spend the money and have them not be able to exert their inherent awesomeness.
...C2 will be good for that shape of room....by my humble opinion more valid question is "are C2s deserve more powerful and most important more quality amplification than you currently own?"...wouldnt be better to invest in a higher level amp to mate it with C1s and get them to a clearly another level for the difference you would invest in C2s...or have averagely sounding C2 with your Krell...you will get more deeper bass, higher and bigger soundstage with C2s but fundamental refinment in sound of Confidence series will get you only a higher level equipment in the rest of the chain...not to say your amp is bad or something...
@raindog031 How are you? Been a while. Anyhow I have to agree 100% with you regarding the SQ of the different Dyn's. As far as the C2's in the OP's room I would question which wall they would be on. If the 18' wall there shouldn't be any problem except for the taller vertical soundstage if that would even be a problem (for me it was - I don't care for the tall soundstage). On the 14' wall they could be a bit much without a lot of room treatments especially in the low end. My room is 26' X 14' and I had the C2's on my 26' wall and the extra low end was everywhere except in the 'sweet spot'. 14' wall for me is not an option - bummer.
@keithr The C2 is still considered a 2 way not 2.5 per the Dyn reps in the states. I will agree that the C1 with a good sub will perform similar to C2's without the taller soundstage. I have a Rel B3 and used it only to add to what the C1's couldn't do. A match made in heaven IMO especially for the money.
Dyn's especially the confidence series are world class speakers. You will have to spend boatloads more gold bars to get better IMO.
Good luck whatever you finally decide