Summary: I got these for the freaking awesome price of $99 dollars apiece with prime shipping. When I got them in I immediately bi-amped them due to all the reviews I heard about how power hungry they were. They do indeed need quite a bit of power to play at their best, but when they get it they sound fantastic. Set up and installation were easy as pie, and the included different styles of feet were a welcome bonus.
Summary: I wouldn't call myself a audiophile, however, I would call myself a sound freak/junkie. Having been through countless sound systems, both car and home audio. I know good quality sound when I hear it. I've had everything from Klipsch F-30S to B&W S3 602s to Pinnacle to Polk and back around again and these ES80s continue to impress me. The sound is warm, full and wide, delivering in both music and theater. I use them frequently for both.
Summary: I'm no audiophile but this produces clear crisp sound for my media room (14' x 18'). Part of 9.1 setup. Like other 2-3 JBL speakers I've used the speaker wire hookup was easy (12 gauge wire is largest I've used). One of the boxes was pretty torn up by UPS but only a small scuff on one side (can't see from seated positions in room).
Summary: I got these speakers about a year ago to go with my bic acoustech center, sub and rear fluance bipolars. People say you shouldn't mix and match speakers but I firmly believe that if they heard this, they would be impressed. The jbl speakers sound amazing with music(lossless Dave Matthews, pink Floyd, rage against the machine, rascal flats, Tool and jack Johnson. I also listen to music on vinyl, with Mumford and sons, black keys, and jay Z.