I don't have extensive experience with these but I did hear them at a local dealer. First of all, they are beautiful. Given the press I was expecting to be blown away but I was surprised to find them a little thin sounding. The highs were a little brittle and the bottom end wasn't really flushed out. They were driven by some high end tube monoblock amps so this was particularly surprising. I don't think they were fully broken in, and perhaps the dealer hadn't positioned them ideally, but that was what both me and a friend thought.