I purchased these black 225s in February, 2019 & installed them ~1 month later (have several pairs of speakers). These were used ~4 months, total. I primarily listen to low volume classical music on this desktop/nearfield system. Might have cranked them to moderately loud twice during that time. BTW, the 225s work well in a nearfield setup. These have no flaws of any kind that I can see. My price was $250; now $225 (bottom price). Includes shipping & Paypal fees in CONUS only. Please, no trades or lowballs.