Summary: This is not a disparagement of the Bose speakers. I still prefer the Bose volume button and the lack of a green light on the right speaker. The Bose speakers are also approximately 1/3 the price of these Focals. With the higher price should come the expectation of better sound and the Focals deliver on that point. I am listening to 24 bit wav files thru the Asus Xonar Essence ST PCI card. I am hearing things that I never heard from the Bose speakers.
Summary: Would give these five stars but there is always a better (and likely very expensive) set of speakers out there. Also nothing beats a good sub in the mix. Not withstanding these are excellent (base very good too). I combined these with a DAC and I am thrilled. I got a rocking desk. I really like these. Glad I got 'em. Hint, spread them out if space permits they will sound even better. Poor quality MP3 files detract from these and any speakers.
Summary: Bought a unit and tried for a week. Hooked up to iMac, sounded very, very muffled, lots of base, however, just does not have the clarity I was hoping for. Units are built strong and heavy. However, I think since they are attached via the audio plug and not usb, the sound suffers. They need to connect via usb and allow for change in bass and tone. Returned item, would not purchase item for the amount of money, many other better choices out there in the $299 price range.
Summary: I have sold some of the very best in high end audio for many years. I also master music, so these are being used both for music enjoyment, and mastering. I needed a set of computer monitors that were reasonably small for a small computer desk so these fit perfectly and look great. They look very nice, feel very nicely built and finished. Yes as other have mentioned they are tall and thin so if you have animals as I do I was worried about them knocking them over.
Summary: i bought it for 290$. i think it was released at much higher price (about 450$). at the current price, it's a real bargain. like any good speaker, it requires couple of dozens of playing hours to let the speaker "open" and get it's final sound. before purchase, i listened in a store to this focal xs vs. audioengine A5+. like comparing bmw to toyota. focal has crystal clear sound, accurate & not too dominating bass.
Summary: I bought these speakers to replace some Harmon Kardon Soundsticks that went bad. I hooked them up to a Mac Pro desktop, so they certainly weren't tested to the limits of fidelity - but, nonetheless, they sounded quite nice. However, I noticed when they weren't playing music, they emitted a fairly loud buzz. I'm not sure if this is some kind of shielding issue or what, but to me it was completely unacceptable. I returned them.
Summary: Good for computer audio with a decent DAC, but not as good as a good pair of studio monitors and amp. I had them hooked up to a VPI traveler in my study and enjoyed them quite a bit as near-field monitors. there is some background noise with these but still sound quite good regardless and for $299 are hard to beat.
Summary: When I purchased my new computer I ordered the Focal speakers based on the reviews and I am very impressed! I've never heard a set of "small" speakers with such a BIG sound. I expected them to be a huge improvement over my previous speakers, but I wasn't prepared to enjoy them as much as I do. I find myself spending more time listening to music on my computer because of these fantastic speakers.
Summary: First and foremost this is a great speaker for small room listening. I returned my item because, my room situation is double or triple normal size room. This speakers suffer from a shortage of power. This is epically true, when I wake up in the morning, and I start getting ready to head to school. It is very difficult to hear my music when I was in my private restroom. The only cons I can think about with these speaker, power level, and absences of the bass department.