5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly excellent, January 29, 2014

I read the outstanding reviews, thought I'd risk it (especially after reading one reviewer's comments "just buy them," regretted it immediately after placing the order ($500 for little bookshelf speakers made in China??) and was prepared to return to Amazon after a quick listen and realization that I must have been high to have ordered in the first place. Shipped and arrived promptly. Well packaged. Extremely heavy compact nice looking speakers with remarkably good sound quality. Easy set up, great connectivity options. Gave a dedicated 2 hours to listening to variety of music (Temptations, Modest Mouse, The National, Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Puccini's Nabucco, Miles Davis) and had a huge smile on my face the whole time. Truly shocking. Much, much better than expected. My only gripe is that they could have included the USB and optical cables but not a huge deal. I tend to tune out when audiophile writers start yammering about speaker burn in and high end speaker wire but, at the risk of sounding snobby, I will say that these little speakers have nice sound depth and differentiation. As one reviewer commented, you can hear things that you didn't notice before.

- Peter A.
Kailua, HI

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