I think the CM1 would at least be worth a listen. It does have its own sound signature, but I could see how some would like it. It pushes the vocal range foward so the singer is right in your face. This seems to particularly true of female singers. At the same time the high end is a bit rolled off, at least compared to the eras. They were a speaker that was very easy to listen to. The imaging and soundstage were very good on the CM1 maybe even a bit better then either of the eras. I had AB the CM1 against the era D5 and thought that the era was just a bit more natural. They were both good speakers though.