+1 this. There is no way the Focals have greater dynamic range than the Perlistens. I have to wonder if the amp isn't clipping?\n\nMy amp was Parasound JC2 feeding to JC5 (600w for 4 ohm). Are you familiar with the Focal 1027be? Is it possible the Focals just attenuate the frequencies they can not handle, vs playing them loud w distortion? I have often wondered if speakers do that, and maybe you can comment.\nFrom the R7T's I guess the distortion I hear is probably under 100 hz. There is a lot of music under 100hz. \n\nYour tip about nearfield listening is a good one. It's nice in nearfield.