Focus Audio FS68 Floorstanding Speakers

FS68

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  Audio Enthusiast [Jul 04, 2003]
Strength:

NIL(NICE FINISH)

Weakness:

LOTS

Personally i think it is more like for home theatre.(REAR SPEAKER FOR HT)

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Steven Driver   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 04, 2003]
Strength:

none

Weakness:

plenty

Ain't worth for 1600 sound like cheap speakers from japan

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1
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Alex   an Audiophile [Nov 18, 1997]

Can't understand why this speaker is not that famous yet, excellent speaker that it is. Its an insult to even compare it to the B&W CDM1 or even the Matrix 805. The only thing that comes close is the mbl 311, which is still not on par, not to mention it being more expensive.

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5
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faiz   Audiophile [Nov 04, 2001]
Strength:

FS68 has good transparency, seperation of instruments are good, very musical & neutral, tight bass, fantastic quality finish in black piano lacquer

Weakness:

Bass can be lower but the perfect mid tonal range is sacrificed, so its either better mid or more bass, for me I choose a better mid

You will need to know what equipment I am using to gv you all a better judgement of the matching. Here it is:-

CD - Rotel 991 AE (Audiophile Edition)
Int Amp - Audio Refinement Complete fr YBA 50w
Speakers - Focus Audio FS68
Speaker Cables - Tara Labs Prime 1000 Bi-Wire
Interconnect - Tara Labs RSC Axiom
Stands - Foundation Classic 1 series

My opinion is of course neutral, not biased as listening will always defer fr each other's ear & ability to appreciate music. I like jazz & vocals & R&B, so the speakers I used must be able to translate these abilities.

I bought the FS68 second-hand fr an audiophile but its in a very good condition.

FS68 is very musical,very neutral as in the guitar will sound natural like he's playing right in front of you, vocals will sound like she is singing in front of you. The transparency of instruments are good, has good depth so you can tell the musicians are standing at a different location while playing (of course you also hv to use a good recorded CD like Jazz at the Pawnshop Super HDCD 24 bit Gold Discs fr FIM & Particia Barber's Modern Cool & Nightclub). For me the midrange tonal quality of FS68 is rich and really brings out the richness & naturalness of the vocals. Soundstaging is wide but positioning of speakers are important to ensure centre imaging is perfect.

However, the drawbacks are the low fq bass, if you like tight bass, the FS68 will reward you but if its real low bass you want like fr hard rock recordings, this is not the speaker for it. But don't get me wrong, it can still gv good low frequency & tight bass to 45 Htz for a small 5.5 inc woofer fr Eton of Germany. The high frq is perfect, Scanspeak fr Denmark produces really good tweeters (and expensive too).

I use a relatively small int amp but the speakers are easy to drive, so its not really a prob. If I hv more $$ later, prob I wl switch to a better pre/power combo but the Audio Refinement Complete Int Amp are very well rated by Stereophile US and The Inner Ear Report - Hi End Amp at low end prices, its a solid state amp but sounds like tube.(Its made in Taiwan to bring the price lower, under YBA's quality control, finishing & amp parts uses the same as YBA Intregre sold at 3 times more expensive)

Also, pls use a good amp, at least a good int amp if you want the FS68 to really sing. Of course the source, the CD player fr Rotel 991 AE is equally important too to bring out the data fr the CD's.

Build quality of FS68 is excellent wz the black piano finish, the Cardas binding post is 100% pure copper and looks really expensive & hi-end.

I give it 4 stars for value because its not a cheap speaker but 5 stars for the quality of the sound it produces.

Buy it and keep it!!

Similar Products Used: KEF Cresta 2, Mission 780's, B&W CDM 2 SE
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4
John   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 10, 2000]
Strength:

pretty good and tidy mid-frequency and high-frequency and bass control good.

Weakness:

Nothing other than price.

First of all, i would like to say that i like music very much.I keep changing my set but something that i want is not there (something missing) and now I'am using Marantz CD Player, Copland amplifier and Pro AC speaker but not satisfied with it. Until one day when i change my amplifier to AUDIO SPACE, speaker to FOCUS AUDIO and use my existing CD player, i realise that the mid and the high range totally better than my previous set. Now i feel very satisfied with it. It really close to the analoque sound. You guys should try it at your nearest dealer~!
Finally, i really agreed with what the JOE wrote on 6/14/00. There's another thing that i would like to remind you guys. The dealer that the JOE mentioned at pass, now carry COPLAND. BEWARE~! If you want to buy COPLAND also, please STAY AWAY! The COPLAND they are selling is way above the original price. So, get it from HONG KONG if you intrested with it~!

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5
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5
Wong   an Audiophile [Sep 11, 1999]

I would like to know from all for you out there who has compare this speaker with the ProAc 1SC. I have audition the FS-68 a few times and find it very good. Its sound is balance top to buttom (within its range) and very airy.The sound is open and very good imaging. Its quality certainly is a five star rating. However I have not a chance to audition not to mention compare (Not possibe in Singapore) it with the ProAc which I read to be the equal of the Focus and better in terms of imaging. Anyone please advise as I plan to upgrade to either one of them. Well, down here the ProAc is slightly cheaper.
It is sad for those in other country that have not heard this speaker. It is really one of the best monitor speaker ,at its price, I have heard. I too wonder why Focus Audio is not very famous yet.

No way this speaker go below 5 star unless you really hate its sonic presentation. Further more, the piano finish is beauitful.

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5
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GIRLY 68s   an Audio Enthusiast [Sep 08, 1999]

I THINK I AM THE ONLY GIRL WHO WILL WANT SHARE MY HIFI EXPERIENCES WITH YOU GUYS IN THE NET.THE PAIR OF 68s HAS BEEN WITH ME FOR 3 YEARS NOW.RECENTLY MY BOYFRIEND HAS THE INTENTION OF CHANGING TO ANOTHER PAIR OF SPEAKERS TO REPLACE THE 68s.BUT WE FAILED.
I CAN SERIOUSLY TELL YOU GUYS THAT,AT THIS PRICE THE 68s HAS GOT NO COMPETITORS FOR ITS LOOKS AND SOUND!TRUST ME,DO NOT REPLACE YOUR 68s ANYHOW BECAUCE IT'S THE BEST!BYE.

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5
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Rashid Abdullah   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 15, 2002]
Strength:

good transparency, seperation of instruments excellant, very musical,warm & neutral, tight bass, quality finish and look

Weakness:

none

no regrets if you intent to keep it forever. you will definitely enjoy listening for hours.

Similar Products Used: Dynaaudio
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5
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5
Jeremy   Audiophile [Mar 03, 2001]
Strength:

Superb Highs and Mids. Very clear and precise positioning of instruments. Lively strings

Weakness:

Relatively weak bass

Within this price range this bookshelf is really difficult to beat. Prior to my purchase, the Pro Ac sc1 and the tabelette 2000 were also on my list. After listening to all three I think that both the Pro Acs sounded brighter and more neutral but the FAs were warmer and more "musical". In this aspect, it was purely a personal choice. The big difference is when listening to strings and vocals. Both sounded more alive and real than the Pro Acs. All three are very precise and clear but the FA edges out as being the more "human" of the three.

Another strength of the FAs is that the positioning of instruments is very precise and 3-dimentional. Its best when listening to a live recording of bands or orchestras.

One relative weakness of the FA is that although the frequency of the bass is satisfactory (low enough), it lacks the "punch" that the tablette 2000 does better on. This is really personal and it also depends on what music you usually listen to. These speakers are perfect when listening to Jazz and Vocals (both male and female) but when it comes to to POP or bands (e.g. Eagles) it can do better on the "ommph" (I might need a bigger amp to drive these babies though...). For those of you that have the money or space, get the floor standing FS78 or FS88. These are THE PERFECT speakers!!!!

If you are using bi-wiring in your current set up, you must try them out together with jumpers. Your mid range will be more complete and certain instruments will "stand out" from the background.

One very important point is that these speakers MUST go with Foundation Designer II speaker stands (almost $900 USD!!). Otherwise, you will only get half the fun out of these babies!

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4
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5
xunfa   a Casual Listener [Jan 17, 1998]

Good bass from such a small speaker, good transparency.slightly bright sounding though.

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4
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