Recently I bought a Denon CEOL and a pair of Dali Zensor 1 speakers to replace an aging Kenwood set with some home build 3-way speakers I'd bought more than 20 years ago for 20 euros a pair. (dealer got them as a trade-in and they were taking up space he needed so he practically gave them away)
Now I'm actually quite please with the CEOL but I'm having serious second thoughts about the speakers. I bought these initially as a lot of speaker for little money for the living room and at first I was quite pleased with them. It's a relatively small room at not quite 40 square meters and these little speakers manage to fill it well enough.
However... I find there's a punchiness in these speakers, probably due to the fact that they use a bass reflex system. Even with the bass turned way down on that denon I still get tired of listening to them after about 90 minutes.
Am I expecting too much in this price range? Or is this just something inherent to bass reflex systems?