Summary: value for the price. a 6.5" woofer puts excellent bass for its vented size. I built a subwoofer that adds bottom oomph, but the bookshelf had adequate bass response for a small living room. at $129 each, you're paying for a premium sound in its most classic sense.
Summary: I wasn't sure about these when I first received them. I've heard few bookshelf speakers I really like, so I wasn't holding my breath these would be any different..... but they were. Far from the wall I was unimpressed.