OK, I just listened to some music and they do sound a lot better for music. They are just so much clearer. I haven't watched an entire movie all the way through, so I haven't had a chance to hear them in that sense.
Music sounds 100% better. They can take all the power my receiver can give them. The louder they are, the better they sound. No distortion, clear, concise, tight, clean, and everything I could ask for in a small speaker. I love the size and sound quality. I love the price too!
I'm much happier than before after listening for a bit. They really do sound great.
For some reason, I still have to turn my volume up pretty high to get considerable sound. I was told if I had more efficient speakers, (I would think the Velos are more efficient than the Onkyos) that I would get more audible sound at lower volumes. It may be a little better, but not a lot. I can just turn it up a lot louder now since the speakers never get muddy. I can turn it up much louder than I'd ever listen, but I'm just curious.
Perhaps the receiver from the 590s is what is inefficient? It is "rated" at 100 watts/channel and the speakers are 150 watt max. I know those numbers mean nothing, but just FYI.