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Focal Chorus 706
11 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
MSRP  495.00
Description: JMLab Chorus Bookshelf Speakers - Chorus 706 Calvados/ 2-Way Bass Reflex/ 75 Watts Maximal Power Handling/ 6-1/2 Inches Polyglass Mid-Bass/ Black Finish


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Buell1125r a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2014

Bottom Line:   
Hello there in-case there is any one looking at these after there 10years old these are one of the best bang for the dollar for mid size book shelf speaker ive used them for small tube system for first 4 years loved them then they have bin my rears for HT system for 5/6 years now well i had just sold my fronts so till i get my new fronts i put these in the front now i will start they still sound good ten years later and sound good even with them runing on a higher leval front system Classe ssp600 , p70/d70 source, and set of Bryston 28bsst'd all on Shunyata cables , now for a speaker that you can buy for 200/300 used with stands it still proforms with no shame at that price point or its origanal retail and always has bin a great back up speaker for me

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gummy a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I have the new model 706s which look much better and sound fantastic.
They are one of the most neutral speakers I have heard. The top to bottom coherance is very smooth with excellent detail. I use these in my master bedroom and are driven by a Carver M400 cube directly fed from a sony 5Es cd play with no pre amp. In my main room I have Chorus 725 as my mains and when compared to the 706s the later leave them behind in all areas except bass extension and ultimate loudness. The 706s disappear in the listening room and you don't hear the loudspeakers just the music. When hooked up to my Velodyne FR1800II and crossed over at 80hertz they blow you away even in a large room. They have suprised me enormasly with their detail and transient responce. It is very hard to critisize the treble, mids or bass as they blend together seamlessly. Very good resolution even at low volumes.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Asia Sound



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DMolisher a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Perhaps the best standmount speaker you can buy in its (under $500/pair) price class! I usually prefer floorstanders, but these were purchased for my bedroom system where size & (adjustable via stands) height is more important than bass extension. No regrets. Noticeably better than JMLab 705 and PSB Image 1B & 2B, IMHO.

In order to judge their potential, I temporarily compared them to my Thiel CS1.6's in my main living room system; while the 5X-the-price Thiels were clearly superior (as you would hope/expect), the baby JM sounded surprisingly good when paired with superior electronics. In fact, after hearing how good they *could* sound, I now have to buy a better source component for my bedroom! The JMLab's will survive some upgrades of your other components :) You'd have to spend more than twice as much on speakers (Magnepan MGMC1, paired with a small sub, e.g.) to get significantly better sound, IMHO.

They are sweet & detailed, yet lack any trace of fatigueing treble that some competitors suffer in their attempt to be as detailed. Even better than PSB's acclaimed Image series, e.g., which sound just a little harsh by comparison. (They're also even more attractive looking than most comparably priced speakers, incl. PSB.) There's also just enough bass extension that a sub isn't a must (though it could help); and what bass there is is relatively taught and controlled, not boomy like many small speakers.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   The Sound Concept



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is for the Studio guys of us:
Hours of listening to Jazz/New Age Piano/Rock/Pop made the JM 706 being my favourite over the B&W DM601 which

sound rather aggressive after listening for more than an hour, especially when you're sitting closer than 2m in

front of'em. The JM's are less "crisp" in the mid-highs than a good studio monitor (JBL 4408, Genelec >=1030A

etc.) but even though reveal every detail that's in the music. And they're less fatiguing IMHO. A good

recommendation especially for near(er) field monitoring or simply as a good pair of bookshelf speakers. For the

size, you get more than enough bass also, even though they're certainly not built for that purpose ;-)

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $230.00

Purchased At:   Germany



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by xxhanhxx a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Didn't appreciate the 706's sound at first because it sounded thin and harsh. However, after almost two months of breakin these speakers will perform to no dissatisfaction. I auditioned the 705's and love them, and purchased the 706's so to handle heaver type music. I do however think the 705's played better vocals. Who knows, they had better equipment in the showroom. I don't believe there is better in this price category.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Sound World




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