Depends on the volume desired. Unfortunately, there's a lot of confusion with midfield and near field, etc. Speakers that are stated for nearfield do not all of a sudden sound like crap in the midfield. They still sound the same. Otherwise, almost every bookshelf that's ever made would probably never be used more than 2 meters away. So there is nothing wrong with using a bookshelf speaker/nearfield monitor at 3 meters as long as it plays loud enough for the desired listening level.Are these speakers suitable for mid-field? Say, at 9ft/3m MLP?
I'm going to say go with the Neumanns. I really do not like Focals for anything other than casual listening, they're just so fuzzy and unfocused sounding. My guess is this is a combo of maybe less than amazing stored energy behavior in the drivers or similar as well as the off axis being super wide.
I just went through the same decision. I ended up buying the Focals, from Sweetwater for about $1100 each. I like them and I've decided to keep them, but I'll probably always wonder how the KH120ii would sound in comparison in my room.
Maybe you should go with the Focal, if you don't use a subwoofer.
pure objectively speaking, I would go for the KH120II, it's a better and all round speaker overall, but if you really have some special feeling about focals, go with it then, it will not be too far behind in room, as long as you feel comfortable paying the money
Mind you the KH120 II has really impressive max SPL being only few dBs lower than the KH150. But as others written the Focals are also a nice choice if you prefer a more "hifi sound" (wider and less continuous directivity) and in my opinion also look nicer.Maybe you should go with the Focal, if you don't use a subwoofer.
It has a 6.5" woofer and i would think it has a bit more SPL or less distortion in the lower registers because of it (i haven't actually looked, maybe this is not the case). The KH120 II has a 5" woofer, but seems to be a better speaker in all other metrics.
Then choose the tool. Get into the Neumann speaker system for professional work (you can always add a perfect fitting sub or additional speakers for surround)Thanks guys I will be using them in a studio for mixing a wide range of music.