So I got them and hooked them up in the living room until my TP23 arrives. I must say these are impressive little speakers. They are very solid, the finish is fantastic, and the knock test reveals a sturdy cabinet.
I just listened to them in direct mode and they sound wonderful. They are a little more forward than my EMPs, but nothing I would consider bright. The thing I immediately notice is the detail, they are very accurate. I have my studio monitors as a reference and these don't skip a beat. You definitely need a sub with these, but even in 2.0 they are very pleasant to listen to. I had no problems turning them up in my living room which is 16x13, and I sit 10' away. I look forward to trying them out in near field but I am very pleased with them so far. This is just my initial impression after 30 minutes.
Samsung PN60F5300 | Denon DBP-1611 | Roku 3
Denon AVR-1713 | EMP E55Ti | EMP E56Ci | EMP E5Bi | BIC F-12
Topping TP23 | NHT SuperZero 2.0 | Velodyne DEQ-8R