Excerpt: I listen to a wide variety of music, as well as watch many movies. The sound stage of 1 pair beats many 5.1 systems. Properly set up, the speakers will disappear and provide perfect left right center balance. Extremly loud, and love to be pushed. They will laugh at poorly compressed audio, and reveal artifacts you can't even hear on headphones. The frequency response below 50 hz is not too great. A subwoofer crossed over between 50-60 hz is needed to get any lower. Also, a good quality amp is a must.