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I have built the Cheap Thrills and the Fusion 8. I would not characterize either designs as 'muddy' in any way, however I would not characterize them as bright either. The CT sounds a little darker perhaps, owing to the 15" woofer and the crossover design. The Fusion 8 sounds remarkably similar, although perhaps actually a little more 'in your face'. They are designed for the most part to have a flat response. Damping the cabinet should take care of resonances that might be considered muddy. They blend in a surround system nicely for movies. Music sounds great on either.
I listen to a ton of classical guitar; from Julian Bream to Pepe Romero to Manuel Barruecco. IMHO the dynamic range of these designs is everything you could hope for, including low volume and delicate passages; this would include Alison Krauss (although I am not a fan particularly).
Having said all this, buying any speaker without hearing it is a crap shoot; a little like buying a projector without seeing it. Certainly the consensus of those who have heard SEOS designs (at least around here) is that for the money these are the best value going in speakers. Ya' pays yer money and ya' takes yer chances. I am pretty sure the Tempest 12" and a 15' Dayton sub would provide a quality listening experience no matter what music genre you were lightning to.