Well, after some discussions with the wife I'm sorry to say, but for the foreseeable future I won't be getting these speakers! There is no way to audition them, and ordering them from UK or US without auditioning is... a bit too risky, especially since returning will incur big transportation costs. We've been listening to several speakers in the meantime now: DALI Rubicon 2, KEF R3, Sonus Faber Sonetto 2, Monitor Audio Gold 100 5g, DynAudio Evoke 10 & 20. And the winner: DynAudio Special 40. Sounds best of all speakers, with 2 different amplifiers (Ragnarok 2, NAIM Atom Unity). 2nd best: Monitor Audio Gold 100. KEF R3 had rave reviews so I had high expectations of them but they really disappointed. They sounded better with the Ragnarok 2 than with the NAIM Atom Unity, at least they were listenable, but nothing to make them stand out. Nothing "wow" about them.