Sonus Venere 2.0 or Focal 906
I'm looking for a bookshelf speaker to place on my corner TV stand in a small family room (11x13).
They will replace a pair of Elac Uni-Fi UB5s which are amazing for the money.
I would like a little more musical detail and refinement and a front port (or sealed enclosure) to tame the excessive bass I get with the rear-ported UB5s in the corner. I'm driving them with the 50wpc Rega Brio 2017 and they must also handle TV/Movie duty for the family (offer some bass and some dynamics).
I recently grabbed a pair of Vandersteen VLR to try and they do offer another level of refinement over the Elacs that I could happily live with, plus they don't have the excessive bass boom; but I'm not sure they are going to offer the dynamics I'm looking for.
The Venere and Focal are both front ported with good reviews and can be had around ~$1K new now a days.
I've not heard either speaker or brand for that matter though. Has anyone heard both and can they say how they compare to each other and the VLRs? Are they as refined as the VLRs but with similar punch to the Elacs (that have no problem energizing my room with the Rega).