Yes, this really surprised me as well. The owner's thread, obviously, is a ghost town! There are even shockingly few reviews on the internet.
My quest for bookshelf speakers included auditioning several pairs (there's a thread here somewhere of the experience), but since this was specific to desktop placement it was very difficult to find speakers I wanted to sit 3 feet from my ears. I heard some good speakers, some outrageously bright speakers, but none came close to the Carnival 2 in overall quality specific to this purpose. Shocking that this level of transparency could be gained for $250 a pair.
I'm happy for you! If you ever get a chance to hear others please report back.