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Hello,
I already ordered the AMP Dayton DTA-100A but still lost on which speaker to buy.
Initially I though my budget for speaker is 200$ but finally decided I could stretch maximum of 600$.

Yes, more speaker to decide from but before we get into that, I don't live in the states and I only plan to buy the speaker locally.
Speakers here are very limited.

I stumbled into this shop who's speaker brands unknown to me as far as my research goes.
Its the Focal JM Lab Chorus 706s. pictures below.


It's sold to me for 581$ with the stand on the pic above and is a 2nd hand product.
Please note that its impossible to have same price here than in the states, it always more expensive. And the difference of the US/local price stretch further the more expensive the product gets.

I auditioned it and so far it is the best speaker I've ever heard.
I might even decided to settle at it, so before that, I need your thoughts too about this.

Other products are:
Era D4 for 627$ brand new.
Polk speaker - which was initially what I planned to settled at - the TSi 100. - 230$
TSi 200 - 348$
300 - 488$
RTi A3 - 488$.
Wharfedale speakers - 10.1 - 230$
10.7 - 488$

Is it fine with my amp?
Any pros and cons with the 706s?
Could have had a better deal for the price?
Please note that the product is 2nd hand but in good condition and comes with the stand. I might also buy a subwoofer if that helps.
I use it always for gaming/music and movies which are all near field but might also use it for some parties.

Please share your thoughts on this speaker.
Edited by imakuzim - 2/8/12 at 10:21pm
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They retail for $450 in the U.S. I am surprised you paid $581--my impression is European products usually cost much more in the U.S. than the other way around. You didn't say where you are, so I am *assuming* you are in Europe.

PSB, Monitor Audio, and B&W are other brands I would consider looking into.
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They retail for $450 in the U.S. I am surprised you paid $581--my impression is European products usually cost much more in the U.S. than the other way around. You didn't say where you are, so I am *assuming* you are in Europe.
PSB, Monitor Audio, and B&W are other brands I would consider looking into.

I'm from Philippines and foreign products cost more. Example would be the B&W MM-1 costs 650$ here.
Any thought regarding the speaker's performance compared with the polk/wharfedale products which are available here too?
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Do you have access to Usher speakers in the Phillipines? They are a Taiwanese brand. They're better than Focal and certainly anything I listed. Their speakers are designed by Joeseph D'appolito who was one of the main engineers behind the National Research Council in the 1980s--they pretty much wrote modern speaker design.

See if you can get an Usher S-520.

Polk stuff is mainly entry level, only the Lsi/LsiM series I would begin to even call hifi...
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