LOL I have Event Opals here, plus some old KRK Kroks, both are pretty fast and snappy, but the Opals go much lower, and higher - very good stereo imaging and depth as well.
And Opals are made here in Sydney, Australia
No stereo bass here, but the PMC TB2+ I had before had stereo bass....
Also had Twins, but they are not too accurate down low, kicks sound a bit funny on them as well
I also have Focal SM9 coming, will be interesting to see how they compare... but there is no space for both Opal and SM9, at least for the long term, well not by compromising acoustics for one of them..
But seeing as the SM9 is custom designed everywhere, custom discrete amps, and has 2 sealed volumes - it should be tight and fast, along with good room interaction with no ports.
Originally Posted by warhead
The Focal SM9 are insanely matched to your description, if budget allows I can say with confidence they deliver.
I can't sit here and say I can compare to everything in the world, but we hear tons of stuff and the combination of sealed cabinet (with the midrange side separate from the bass side internally closed off) the transient response is extremely revealing and the passive radiator gives a deep, but seemingly controlled bass response. The ability to switch to a 2 way mode is nice as well...
The Opals do kicks and bottom end that sound close to what I hear from my Beyerdynamic DT880 headphones. They have the same tight and dry headphone sound.
They will definitely get down to 40 hertz before dipping.
Also the cables you drive them from the DAC will influence the sound a lot!
I have tried 3 different cables - premium silver TRS, cheap silver TRS to XLR and gold TRS to TRS. And they all sound different!
The first set, the most bright and detailed, but also less bottom end, the next set was way too bassey, muddy and slow. The cheap gold TRS cable sounded very sweet, like it went through a tube preamp.....! TRS Patch Cable Stereo / Balanced Lead 6.5mm 1/4" 80cm | Swamp
Cables do act like filters, so it's not a surprise why they all sound different. So get a good set of AES/EBU 110ohm cables, Mogami/Gotham/Belden etc, and use that for your monitors, much less capacitance than regular line/mic cables. Redco can custom make these for ya. Blue Jean Cable can also make you some Belden 1800F cables.
Also Opals will show up your DAC colouration like nothing, due to lower mid range distortion levels. My Saffire Pro24 DSP made them sound quite metallic in the top end, with a very obvious sheen and colour, plus fuzziness. When I got the Lynx Hilo, the sound completely changed! Became much smoother, and more bottom end, and more neutral in tonal colour.
So monitor sound = Monitors themselves + room + placement within room + cables + DAC + (amp if passive)
And the better the monitors, the more obvious each aspect makes, and around you go, it's a vicious circle