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Focal Tantal 520
4 Reviews
rating  4.75 of 5
MSRP  1100.00
Description: 3Way


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

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I bought these 2 years ago to replace some domestical nothings I
had before (thus without much experience). The other
options available in local stores at this price range were several
Tannoy models (probably Mercury m5, Saturn S6), Audio Monitor
(Silver 5i), something from AE and a couple of others I don't
remember. After the several auditions Tantal 520 came out as a
clear winner with no apparent competitors (although I realised that
there are better speakers available, but these were considerably
more expensive).

I have been quite satisified with them for these 2 years and,
although I am starting to look for an upgrade now, I still find them
very enjoyable and sometimes even wonder whether it will be really
worth to spend much larger amount of money for a noteworthy

The sound is clean and well balanced and (depending from the
recording) sometimes may give life-like experience. They do not
have any apparent weaknesses (ie. practically anything that seems
to be well recorded sounds reasonably good). There is some lack
of precision at least in bass and midrange (piano and percussion
sometimes sound more natural on JMLab Chorus 706 (bookshelf
model), which I got later for another room). The sounstage is not
very detailed, but still reasonable. The bass is convincing and rarely
causes suspicions (though sometimes it happens - but then, it may
be the problem of room arangement). Just very recently I noticed that
there are some frequencies that causes small resonance - I can
not tell which frequencies, but there is a spot in a bass range (the
only "bad" recording that shows this is "Era 2"), and even less
noticeable spot somewhere in upper midrange (can be heard
sometimes in female vocals (sopranos)). However I do not consider
these to be a real problem.

The "best" material for these speakers seems to be male vocals
(including many of rock music in this category) - I still feel fascinated
how life-like these may sound.

Initially they were used with Marantz - PM68 amplifier and
Yamaha CDC-775 CD player. Currently Marantz has been
replaced by Alpha 10 - this was an improvement (most
noticeably in midrange precision); however the performance
with Marantz also was quite good.

Since I am looking for upgrade I feel that I need to give less than
maximal ove

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $610.00

Purchased At:   latvia

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sven hijdra a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I allready noted that I searched for quit a long time. My musical taste is from classical to hardcore, from hardcore to jazz and from jazz to techno, bleeps and noise. So I needed speakers who could do them all. I am very demanding so that was difficult and my income is not enough for the super-expensive speakers around.
Now I have a super-expensive sound within my reach and I am very happy. I bought them black, neutral.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Stuut & Bruin, Den Haag Holland

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jordan schultz a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2001

Bottom Line:   
i have had these speakers for nearly a month now and i am and enthusiastic listener of music, whether it be techno mozart, rap or alternative. I use my speakers on average 3-4 hours a day and i am happy with the results. To be honest they are beyound my wildest dreams for performance. Those little 7's compare with my 2 10's in my hitachies and my 1 12 in my technics. For the amount i paid and the products i have heard for anywhere over and up to 1000 dollars more my speakers will compete and actually kick some ass except for bass with speakers. I am now thinking of buying a pair of tantal 509's to use as my rear surround speakers and am going to buy a volodyne hgs-10 within the next 4-5 months. I am not questioning the price of any thing jm lab makes but it is going to take me time to assemble the money to buy my dream system.

I would put my speakers up against a pair of NHT VT-2 or any pair of NUANCE speaker on the market.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $640.00

Purchased At:   star sound canada

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Frederic a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 22, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I have associated the Tantal 520 with my Yamaha DSP-A2 amplifier and I was really astonished by the sound quality provided by these loudspeakers.I really prefer the JM-Lab sound compared to JBL or Tannoy.

These loudspeakers provide a very good sound and are capable of accepting without any problem the power provided by my amplifier. Very good.

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