Just out of curiosity, have you heard the Sopra no3?
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Well, I guess I was asking too much assuming someone had not only compared the two speakers but in both music and HT environments.
I put a deposit down on the Maestros after speaking with my Avalon dealer who is a good friend of mine. While he felt the Time was superior to the Maestro for music (naturally) his silence on HT use made it clear that my concern in that regard is justified. Combined with the insane Avalon pricing ($9k more for Walnut Burl than the Focal) and the fact that the wood will likely be affected by the humid weather in my area, the decision was pretty much made for me. Another bonus with the Focal is that I don't need to rely on a trade-in to get to my expected price point; I get to keep my wife approved Scalas for use in our living room.
i was testing with Sopra 3 and Devialet 120 then 400 for over 6 months. the sound was amazing. I recently upgraded to the Maestro and 1000 Pro combination. At low volume, it creates a great background companion even though the sheer size of the speakers are very imposing. When i crank the volume up, they sound better and better (even my wife does not mind the loudness because the sound is amazingly clear and un-distorted... it passes the wife-factor test) for every genre of music.