Summary: Crisp with a rich treble and pumping bass. In fact the base is a little overwhelming but you can adjust your system accordingly. I am no audiofile, but I have systems in every room of my home and I put this my garage to listen to Pandora while I restore a classic car. I know Rock and Roll and how it is suppose to sound, these speakers accompanied with the Concert Hall setting on my receiver give excellent separation.
Summary: I just purchased these speakers after months of reading reviews and listening to speakers in various stores and i must say that these bad boys rock!!!!!!! For $108.00 with shipping you would be hard pressed to find a better sounding speaker. Plugged em up to my Denon receiver which pumps about 75 watts rms into them and i cant turn these puppies past halfway. The highs are crisp, and the bass is very surprising considering the size of the woofers.
Summary: we bought these speakers to complement a small computer 5.1 system. I have been familiar with Cerwin Vega professional audio products and home stereo products for over 20 years. I have always appreciated the bass response from most of their products. The highs are great and not too bright. The bass is responsive but not too boomy. Overall, they are good bookshelf speakers perfect for a small room (or dorm room), compact area, or for an apartment with sensitive neighbors.