Summary: I had bought some 100$ 12" Numark Studio Monitors and they were s*** So I went and found these M-Audios for 20$ less and was going to gamble with hope and see if they would be better. Now my whole house set up is M-audio. I definitely recommend this brand no matter what you're buying from them. I have NEVER been disappointed!
Summary: Best as near-field monitors, but capable of filling a room music. I was happy that the bass is not boomy or over-emphasized: some people might find this a weakness, but with the rear port, positioning them near a wall will boost the bass a bit. I like to hear voices clearly, and too much bass makes that hard. The amplified speaker is quite heavy, and both seem well built.