Summary: Overrated. The bass is very detailed and very tight. Unforunately that is the only real good thing about these. The highs flat out suck. If you listen to rock music the crashing powerful sound of symbal drums and guitars is completely overpowered by bass sound. They just do not have bite to them. I imagine these are quite good for home theater as part of a 7.1 system. For 2-channel music not at all. They are very light and small .
Summary: I decided to try out these speakers given that they have great reviews from about.com, and they were originally priced at $700 pair. For around $200 a pair, I thought it's a steal... Well, I was wrong. The speaker is very flimsy - the front grill just snapped right off (plastic broke) without any applied force, and the sound quality is decent for $200 pair speakers, but there's no way anyone will pay much more than that.