Since my shipment didn't include my stands and my new speaker wire from Monoprice won't be here unit tomorrow, I was not able to properly set these puppies up.
I was able to give them a quick workout however propped up on the cardboard boxes.
Like I mentioned before, I am no expert able to discern between the subtle nuances of each and every speaker made. I'm not going to try and pretend I am an audiophile by giving you a uneducated opinion of the sound quality.
I can only tell you beyond the shadow of a doubt that these speakers look great and they sound pretty good too. Of course you knew I was going to say that.
All kidding aside, I am thrilled at the performance of these units in my living room.
I am temporarily rigged up as a 2.1 system, so I first set up the 686s and disconnected the sub. These little bookshelves really sounded full and clear. I would be happy running these as my mains in a home theater setup. With my REL Q150e turned on, they were simply stunning.
The HTM62 is essentially two 686s sharing a tweeter. It should serve me well as my center.
Switching the 686s for the 685s was a real treat. After hooking them up, I found myself questioning the need for my sub for music. Much fuller and more forceful than the 686s. The amount of air blowing out of the front-firing flowports was a bit shocking. I was sitting on my couch at least ten feet away from the speakers and the puffs of air were rippling my tshirt. No exaggeration.
Anyway, I decided to see how far I could push them so I took my 100 watt Pioneer up to -20 and I could not believe the clarity even at that tremendous volume. I couldn't imagine the need to take it louder. This system is all I could have hoped for.
As far as fit and finish, the vinyl wrap is not my cup of tea. It looks like nice red cherry from three feet, but upon closer inspection it's just plain 'ol vinyl.
I feel that it may be easily scratched or torn during those inevitable bumps and dings. Other than the vinyl, the speakers look and feel incredible. Solidly built, with good heft. The soft touch face plate is amazing, the kevlar drivers with the concealed hardware, the diamond cut tweeters and dimpled flowports are very nice. The beefy gold plated mounting posts mean business as well. Truly beautiful pieces of equipment.
Sorry if I didn't give you all any good info. After all, a speaker is only as good as it sounds to you and how it makes you feel. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
YMMV, as they say.
I'll submit more pics tomorrow. I can't get good light at night here.