I picked up a pair of Jade 3's on ebay and I've been listening to them for about a week. I wanted to try them on my best equipment, so I unhooked my beloved dali helicon 800s and hooked these up. I have been contemplating purchasing these for awhile, curious about the drivers and technology employed in this speaker. After a week, I will have to say these speakers are far better than I would have hoped. In a few ways, they best my helicon 800s, I kid you not. They are the clearest, most articulate speakers I have ever heard, and the helicons are certainly no slouch in detail. They are not laid back as I have read, at least not on my system. They are natural yet articulate is how I would describe them. They are the largest bookshelves I have ever owned, and they sound much larger than they actually are, more like small towers. I have played pop, rap, country, acoustic even my heaviest metal, songs that can easily sound harsh and make you want to turn the volume down a bit, and to my utter amazement, not once yet have the jades lost composure or sound congested, and believe me, I have tried my harshest music on these things. They stay clear and you can follow every instrument with absolutely no congestion heard whatsoever. This sounds weird, but I can even understand the lyrics to songs better than I could before. Now they don't have the power and attack that the helicons have, of course, but the bass is absolutely not a bit lacking, to me, for even the hardest rock. Now I don't listen to symphonies or orchestra music, so I can't tell you how they would do there. My only little concern is that driving these speakers to louder levels makes my parasound halo A21 VERY warm, so I would not recommend a low powered amp for these. The sensitivity is 86dB on these. I know the room and equipment synergy certainly plays a part in how a speaker will sound, but I urge you to audition these if you get a chance. I can't believe how little known these speakers are...they are so very good. I have owned my helicons for 8 years and not once have I thought of replacing them, but I am now saving to purchase the Jade 5s or 7s, I have decided they will be the replacements for my helicons. If the Jade 3s are this good, I can only imagine what the floor standers can do. The fact that I am in no hurry to hook the dali's back up says a lot about how impressed I am with these speakers.