Focus Audio 688's


Is there a Focus Audio dealer in the SF/Bay Area? Particularly interested in the FS688's. Any opinions on this speaker?
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Eyeballman,

We were the first dealer to offer the Focus Audio speakers in the US. Feel free to contact us for info.

Best Regards,
Tony
the Focus website lists dealers in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Florida. Websites for the first two are

www.fidelisav.com
www.sonicspirits.com

Tony007 above must be the one in Florida (they don't list his website)
I own a pair of 688’s and enjoy them immensely. They’re eerily three-dimensional. To my amazement, they work well with all types of music (jazz, world, classical & rock), and engage me through soft and loud passages, solo & complex. I've never experienced listening fatigue. They’re ‘forgiving’ of poorly recorded passages too. The oak burr is beautifully finished, and workmanship is gorgeous.

FYI- I power them with a PS Audio HCA2, Musical Fidelity 3.2cr and Jolida j100 CD. My room is small, yet they are not set-up sensitive. (I toe them in about 15-20 degrees). They are definitely worth a careful listening. I don’t understand why the 688's are not a more talked about speaker.
Yes Tony is the one listed in Florida. Visited him last Summer in Central Florida. Wonderful gentleman!

Rubinken hears the speakers the exact way that I do. 3D sound, works great with all music, makes virtually any recording listenable regardless of the quality with gorgous woodwork, mine are burr Oak as well.

One thing that really surpised me was although Tony had both the Reference 3A Decapoi and FS688 when I told Tony my listening preferences, Rock and Jazz, Tony recommened the FS688's with its 5.5" midbass rather then the Decapo's with its 8" midbass!

If you hear the speakers in the 50-200hz range you will know why. I've actually never heard better in this range regardless of price or size. Bass guitar and Drums are incredible. They made everything else I heard sound muddy and slow in comparison.

When I went to buy my Jungson ClassA amp at Sekei (Sekei.com) the owner Andy (Great guy!) commented on how much he loved the bass and how much better it sounded then his much larger reference speakers. Near the end of the listening session he asked me if he could listen to some of his music on the FS688's.

I'm with Rubinken. I don't understand why this speaker isn't talked about more. Merlin and Decapo's come up frequently in SOA conversations when you mention monitors in the 3k range.

Amazingly while Merlins and Decapo's are always listed for sale on Audiogon, you almost never see the FS688's. Only 2 pairs used in the last 12 months. One seller was going to the larger Focus Audio Floorstanders the other was scraping his entire system and going to a budget system. I know as of August of 2003 Tony said they had sold over 1000 pairs world wide. So there are plenty of them out there the owners are just not giving them up. These are definitly in the same class, or above, and arn't nearly as finiky about component matching and recording quality.

I will say that with the sweet extended treble of the Revelator 9900 tweeter, tube like midrange and incredible bass all along with forgiveness, I can see why a Hong Kong Audiofile publication listed the FS688 as #1 sounding bookshelf speaker ever made.

Hate to sound like an add but they really are incredible
I agree with what Rubinken and Maxxc have stated so accurately about the FS688's. I auditioned several speakers in the $2000-$4000 range. I liked the sound of the FS688's the best. I purchased my pair at Sonic Spirits in New Jersey. The owner, Phil is very knowledgeable and a pleasure to do business with.