Sonus Faber vs Focal and maybe even Dynaudio or PSB


Hello,

A favorable tax return is allowing me to upgrade my current B&W 684 2.5 way floor standers. I have a Rogue Audio RP-1 that I would like to keep in the system and eventually upgrade the Rotel class D amp to a more modern class D piece after I choose the speaker. I am also running a single Velodyne Micro-V

I want to support my local dealer because they are pretty good about letting me have demos or brand new stuff in my system. The speakers I can choose from are Focal,PSB, Sonus Fabor and DynAudio. I can probably demo any of these products. But I don’t want to go overboard and request to demo everything as I have a modest budget of $2K. The first product I have lined up for a demo is the Focal Chorus 726.

My sources are vinyl and digital (deezer and some HD files) fed through a Wadia 321. I listen to all types of rock, progressive and some jazz.

I have always been fairly satisfied with the B&W characteristics so I don’t want to have a speaker that is to bright or not natural sounding or has to much bass. I just want a well balanced product.

Any light that can be shed my direction is appreciated.

jbuhl
It's easy to compare one brand to another, but when you take in consideration several more brands it makes IMO the task impossible. Choosing btw B&W and Focals I'd go for Focals for greater bass which is really important for the listener of rock. SF is really great for chamber music.
Vad,  Tell me about it.  I think I am focusing on Focal.  Problem is the budget handle seems to be coming off and things are spinning out of control.  I am now considering the  Electra 1008 Be. Help me.
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The ELAC Uni-Fi series is a noticeable step up from B&W 600 series, despite it low price.  The ELAC UF5 is a floor-standing, three way that I believe is worth adding to your list.  They only cost $1000/pr, same as your 684's, but they easily compete with the CM series.  I was amazed when I compared the UF5 to the CM7/CM8/CM9.  I found it to be much better everywhere.  (I sold B&W for 16 years, very familiar)  
ELAC has another line, Adante, to be released in June that will have a $5000/pr 3-way, floor-stander.  I imagine they'll give the 804D3 trouble for half of the price, but of course need to compare first.