Reviews and Problems with Focal XS Satellite Speakers
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The best out there
Hallu "-", Amazon
25 March 2014
Summary: Well focal doesn't muck about when they say they want to build the best 2.1 set for computers. I actually use it for TV and music as well. The best thing about it is that it's not too bassy, unlike so many PC speakers : it's very well balanced, precise, and it looks stunning. Obviously it's quite expensive, but the cables are tough, the internal soundcard for USB settings works a treat (and installs fine on the computers I've tried them on), and in auxiliary mode (with a...
Summary: I have had these speakers for over a year now, and they only get better with usage. After comparing them with other high-end computer speakers, I can say that they are the best computer speakers I have encountered. They are somewhat expensive, but you get what you pay for when it comes to the sound quality, build quality and styling. I don’t think they are intended for bigger spaces or as main home speakers.
Summary: These are excellent computer speakers. I've owned these for a couple of years now. They are some of the clearest speakers I've heard for a desktop setup. This setup is a 2.1 system meaning there is a seperate subwoofer. This is partially a con too because it requires space under your desk for a pretty big subwoofer. Also it is imposible to run these speakers without the subwoofer being hooked in. This can be a problem if you live in an apartment.
Summary: I've lived with these for a couple of months now, and I can safely say that these speakers are well-worth the price of admission. I'm not into super high-fi (I prefer to spend my money on say, a car rather than a pre-amp). That said, I am into good sound. These little speakers rival my KEF (driven by an NAD amp) in range, and surpass them in soundstage. For a speaker this small and (relatively) cheap to have this accurate staging is pretty remarkable.
Summary: After searching high & low for a high quality ipod dock & speaker system, I stumbled upon this one. Billed primarily as a speaker system for a desktop computer, the ipod dock is often noted as merely a secondary feature. Thankfully, I ran across some reviews that highlighted it as an ipod only device, some also mentioning that it can be set up for tv use as well. The good news: it takes all of 5 minutes to set up as an ipod system.
Summary: A quality sub/sat combo for computer use that sounds very good. I would have given it 5 stars if there was some way to plug it into a dac to get a little better sound, but since it plugs into the usb port in your computer I don't think there is a way to do that.
Summary: When I had my Bose Companion 5 speakers, I hardly ever listened to music from them as the sound quality just wasn't there. Call it glaring or tinny, they just weren't conducive for background music while I worked on a project. More disruptive than agreeable. Hooked up the Focals and found myself in a pleasant atmosphere of music that was very enjoyable to my ears.
Just stunning: best small speakers I have ever had/heard
Melissa E. Davis, Amazon
2 June 2013
Summary: I am an audiophile with what most people would call an insane audio system upstairs in a dedicated audio/video room. If quality equipment such as Classe, Aragon, Rega, B&W, and Velodyne are not things you have heard of, then this review may not inform you. I am not crazy insane enough to even hear all of what a Focal $144K speaker system will sound like driven by a Theta, but this is very high end, pleasing to my near perfect pitch.
Summary: This is the first set of computer speakers that I have been thoroughly satisfied with. The highs are crisp and I hear things in my music I could not hear before. Very nice set. The mid range is tight. For some the base may not be strong enough, but for my ears the base is just right and fits music quite nice. These may be better suited for music rather than movies because of the base sound.