BTW, the Monk+ w/Original Monk red doughnut rings sound superb when amped with the SinglePower MPX3.
Outstanding openness, clarity and resolution from these babies.
. . . but, alas, certainly not the last word in bass slam/extension . . .
Just hooked up the Pro-Ject USB Box S+. Hi-Res Bach organ music.
Wow! The Monk+ sound exceptional.
. . . then I strapped on the Martin Logan Mikros 90 . . .
. . . still wearing the MLs . . .
The Mikros 90 still RULE!
The Monk+ have broken in nicely after 50-ish hours or so. Fuller, airier and less bright sound [thinking back to the very first few hours]. Midrange has gotten very open and clear as well.
Really sounding nice with AQ jitterbug and Dragonfly , FLAC files, straight out of the laptop.
Just did some more a/b-ing, and I agree with your perception of the Originals sounding more "organic". The originals convey more ambient realism to my ears, as well. Although I do like them both. It can be a matter of my particular mood at the time. Have the Monk+ going most of the time at my desk. Late night listening . . . nice with the Originals.