Compared it with the KEF LS50 Metas and preferred the Aria.
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These Focal Aria's are worth it in their price range in the bookshelf category. I like that they're open on top with the vocals and instruments having the kind of inviting sound that makes you want to listen for extended sessions without the gnawing feeling that you're missing out on something. Once broken in, recordings falls into place bringing with it lots of musical enjoyment. I listen to a lot of acoustic music from CD's and WiFi streaming, mostly from singers/songwriters from different genres. You're getting a good tonal balance and detail here without the sense of having discordance or too much of something or the lack of it from top to bottom within the audio limits of the speaker. The Aria's don't need to be played loud to sound great either, probably because the sound is so smooth, detailed and refined and because it this they deserve good clean power. Not that the Aria 906's present a difficult load on the receiver or amplifier, but because they're able to resolve so much within the mix. So you're getting stable imaging as you move around the listening position so everyone gets the goods. I tend to run them full-range with my 10 in. Boston Acoustics sub filling in the bass and placing them on 24 in steel stands about 2 foot from the front wall. Yes, there are speakers that resolve more of the low-end but what you get here is more than just good. Highly recommended!
Pros: Easy on the Ears Musically Involving Smooth Refinement Resolution
Cons: Bass could be a bit better
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In the less-than-ideal setting of my library, the Arias do not compare well with the Concertinos with which I am comparing them.
Pros: Bright highs. Relatively deep lows.
Cons: Hollow midrange. Not as smooth or full sounding as rhe Sonus Fabers. Currently allowing for break-in as suggested, but will likely return.
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