Speaker upgrade question - Wilson vs Focal


Hey audiogoners!

Thinking of upgrading and need the community/expert input.

Thinking of upgrading from a set of usher mini ones that I've had and loved for a few years.

I listened to a bunch of speakers, Focus Audio, Martin Logan, B&w, higher end ushers, Wilson audio, and Focal.

The ones I liked the most were the Wilson Audio Sasha DAW and the Focal Sopra 3. 

Loved the forward and detailed instrumentation on the Wilson's, especially the Sasha DAW, but liked the vocals slightly better on the sopras, though instrumentation on them was not as crisp as on Wilson's. But the two are very close.

Music is mostly jazz, classical, light rock, electronic and occasionally symphonic metal / European metal (night wish, sonata Arctica, dream theater). Mostly jazz though, vocal and instrumental. 

Trying to decide between getting the Wilson audio yvette, ( Sasha is too expensive and Sabrina's don't deliver enough) and Focal Sopra 3. Though I can wait a few years and get the Sasha then second hand.

I won't be considering other brands since I already did that research run around. These two brands work best for me and synergize well with my inwall home theater speakers (origin d87s).

I will be powering them using a McIntosh mc452 /C2600 for 2 channel, mostly LPs (McIntosh mt10) and tidal streaming and a anthem 1120 for home theater. 

What you guys think? Go for the Yvettes, wait for the Sasha's or go for the focals? 

Thanks.


128x128mepstein10
Alpha, these are all good points however, your electronics might have favored the Wilsons over the Focal Lascala. 

Also the Focals of today sound way better then the earlier versions of these speakers same with the Wilsons. 

It is also possible that you might have been able to get the  Focal's to sound better but that would have meant you were charmed enough with some of their sonic attributes to make a few changes with cabling, sources or electronics.

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ


Hi go for wilson sasha's mk 2, great speakers, i have a pair, i have seen them go for £17000, great bargain great sound, 
Before you buy, just for fun, listen to a properly set up Sound Lab Majestics or Ultimates for your room size/configuration and price range, (even if you have heard QUADs, MLs or Magnepans and don't care for them....not the same thing)
Try the Eminent Technology 8bs and a pair of REL  G1 subs, there is a combo will make other aforementioned brands sound like a carbon copy of music IMHO....