Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I installed this component set in my 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, earlier this week. I was replacing the speakers that were standard equipment with the "base" 6 speaker set-up. Yes, as a number of folks have mentioned, the Focal tweeters are a little bright, but in many cases, you're comparing them to the marginal OE tweeters. However, as they reproduce the upper sound frequencies more clearly, that's to be somewhat expected. I prefer to describe them as "more detailed". While the OE speakers surprisingly provided a fair amount of bass, it was rather "muddy". The Focal mid/woofers again, are much clearer. My only criticism, is the really limited instructions that come with the speakers. I've been installing aftermarket speakers and amps in my cars for close to 30 years, so I certainly know the basics. However, in the case of this particular component set, the cross-overs are "inline", and I really don't know how the Focal people expect you to wire them in. There isn't any secondary wire tap on the mid/woofer, to draw a signal from, assuming the vehicle's wiring harness was feeding a full range signal to that speaker, and in the case of my Jeep, the OE harness already had a feed to the tweeters. Unfortunately, there isn't a "plug and play" adapter available, to hook the tweeters to the harness, so I had to cut the OE tweeter's power wires, and splice it to the Focal tweets. I did not use the Focal crossover.
Pros: Good, well detailed sound. I've heard it takes speakers several hours to "break-in", so I'm anticipating even better sounds in the future. I probably would have given them 5 stars, if there was more install/technical information provided. Even though I'm pretty happy with their sound, I still am wondering, in the back of my head, if using the cross-overs would have made any difference. I have no back up information to tell me that they either were or weren't necessary.
Cons: They're a bit "pricey", and the instructions are vague and pretty much non-existent. The installation instructions, provided in the box, are little more than a few pictograms, demonstrating how to screw the speakers to the door panels in the car. I'd hate to be someone installing these speakers as their first time experience with an aftermarket install.