I upgraded to a monitor audio system just over a year ago and couldn't be happier. Yup, just as others have stated, I'd put this system up against ones costing 5x as much and would probably still win the battle.
After spending a few years using the m&K s150's, ss150's (rear) it was finally time to make a change. Unfortunately the s150's, while amazing for movies, really sucked for music. No exageration when I say I didn't listen to a single music cd for well over a year as I hated them that much.
Then just over a year ago, one of our large 'box stores' went out of business. They were literaly giving everything away with discounts in the end as high as 90%. Needless to say I took the opportunity to buy up all my account could afford. I'll never forget going in the day before they finally closed and seeing a few speaker systems left. I had never heard of monitor audio before and there was no way to plug them into anything to hear what they would sound like. Not to mention, even if we could have, the store was empty and the room was echoing so loud it wouldn't ahve made a difference.
There were 4 gr10's left which I snatched up for next to nothing. Hell, they even through in a velodyne dls sub at no charge when I bought them, as they just wanted everything gone.
I returned home and installed the 3 of the speakers across the front figuring, what the hell, if they're no good, I'd just ebay them. Well upon putting the first cd into the player, I was immediately blown away. I pulled out the computer and about 2-3 hours later had everything properly callibrated. The sound was nothing short of breathtaking. Never before had I heard such a huge and beautifull sounding soundstage in my home.
The next day I ran out and bought every sacd/dvd audio disk I could find as it was time to really sit back and enjoy the music. I was still using the ss150's in the rear and sides so the surround mix wasn't perfectly matched, but it was ok. I spent the entire afternoon/evening just listening to music. It was absolutely beautifull sounding and once again I was hooked.
Immediately I started watching ebay for monitor audio, and about a month later I added the grlcr and upgraded the front to a pair of gr60's. I moved the gr10's to the side and rear for the 7.1 setup.
Since completing the setup, I have had dozens of friends over and without exception they have all been blown away with the sound. They had all been used to coming over for movie night, or sports in hd, but never before had I turned a music cd on, until the monitor audio setup was complete.
Simply put, these speakers are absolutely perfect for my homes setup. The sound is amazing. Not to bright, not to warm, somewhere in the middle. The bass response is impressive, though I do use 2 subs in the system, a velodyne dls, and a sunfire mkII. (need to upgrade those someday) The soundstage is absolutely huge. Vocals seem to be anywhere between 6' behind the center to about 3' in front of the center depending upon the recording. Two channel stereo sounds almost like 5.1, where 5.1 sounds like there are 2x as many speakers. If you close your eyes, the speakers completely blend in and you almost cannot pinpoint speaker placement. Many friends have sworn that I am running many more speakers behind the columns than I actually am. For the first time, I truly feel like I am in the recording studio or the concert hall.
Everyone considering a speaker upgrade in this price range really owes it to themselves to at least audition monitor audio. You are going to be quite impressed.
2x gr60's up front
4x gr10's rear/surround
velodyne dls 12"