I recently got these for my home studio, while they were on sale. I'm running them through an old Focusrite Saffire via my 2008 MacPro Firewire bus. I use Logic Pro as my DAW, and listen to music via iTunes. I work in this space every day, but music is a hobby; I make my living as a partner of an ad agency. So, being a responsible adult *cough*, there's a limit on how much I can spend versus the mortgage, lol.
My out of box reaction was that they do kick some serious butt. This is in a currently untreated room (waiting for my GiK Acoustics order). I have them on 36" Ultimate Support stands, which are acoustically decoupled, and filled with sand.
So: As you can see from the photos, even in the untreated, polygonal, window-filled room that is my office... with a pretty compromising placement of the speakers themselves... I get a really solid sound stage. Maybe a teeny
amount of smearing for the center stage on some songs, but otherwise solid.
To my ears, they give an honest representation of what the source material sounds like, which is what a pro studio monitor is supposed to do. If it's a crappy recording, you'll hear it. A good recording, or a nice soft-synth, and you start to grin.
I personally think they can get loud, but I'm never
going to sit there all day abusing my ears at the levels they could go... but for short demos? Yeah, they're hammer time, even when was standing 10 feet away from them... but not fatiguing, which is coming from someone with sensitive ears.
Oh, and they do go low... they surprised me, actually, but I didn't get the visceral feeling of air displacement, that impact
, that you'd get with a 12" or larger. Compared to my 2.1 system in the living room, some tracks that I use as reference tracks were missing that "special something".
But like I said, I'm going to see how it all sounds like after I have the treatment set up, and if I feel the need, I'll get a sub to monitor the subsonics.
Otherwise I'm very happy with the purchase.