Here are some detailed impressions of the Evo2-10 I posted on ecoustics.com:
So now that I've had some time with these speakers and listened to many different albums I'll post some more impressions.
Since getting them, the bass has come out quite a bit. It seems much deeper than before, and while still not as punchy as my other speakers, I can still feel it and it seems much more balanced with the rest of the music. I'm actually finding I'm not missing the extra punch with my old speakers as I'm realizing it was more of a distraction than anything. These have really taught me to appreciate what bass should be like I think.
With the bass came the mids, which seem very smooth but dynamic to me. Guitars sound a little polite, but I think that's an amp issue. Drums, organs, and vocals however sound excellent. I'm listening to The Tragically Hip's Phantom Power right now and Gordan's voice which is VERY dynamic sounds very realistic to me, and listening to the way the snare drum's sound decays just sounds great.
Highs I've said all along have impressed me very much with the amount of detail and resolution. I do think there is a bit of politeness when it comes to cymbals but again, I'd bet a new amp would take care of that. I really do like this tweeter though, it has all the detail I could want without sounding harsh like a metal based tweeter. It also sounds very good off axis to me....I frequently listen when falling asleep or sitting at my computer which is to the right of my system and while it's not the same as my primary listening position in that I lose proper imaging and such, it's still very impressive.
I've also pushed them pretty hard and even with my cheap Onkyo AVR they have never sounded distorted or hurt my ears or anything. Not sure if it's just that the speaker is easy to drive or what but they have never sounded bad even with my extremely underwhelming amplification. I still plan to upgrade my amplifier, probably this winter (although the NAD and Cambridge Audio deals at Spearit Sound are very tempting). But either way, these speakers have never sounded bad at all with any album I've thrown at them. My M80s had some trouble with some albums but excelled greatly with others.....I still think they do better with the albums they were good at but the Evos are much more well rounded in that they do everything. I think the biggest thing I've gotten from this speaker is the learning experience. While I haven't heard as many speakers as you guys I'm sure, I'm definitely learning what I like. I've found to disregard what sounds "impressive" (in a "look at me!" way) such as the punchy bass or over the top highs and just listen for the music. I remember auditioning the Paradigm Monitor V5s a couple years ago and being very impressed with the bass.....Looking back on that I do not think I would have been happy in the long run had I bought those speakers. What I like best about the Evos is that no aspect of them calls on itself, which I think gives it the balance that I'm only starting to appreciate.
I have some ideas for my upgrade path.....Stands as I mentioned in my other thread ( http://forum.ecoustics.com/bbs/messages/1/579584.html
, should be starting those soon), the room treatments as Jan has suggested (and perhaps a new room, which I was supposed to get a while ago but has yet to happen), as well as the integrated amp. I think I will be living with these speakers for quite a while though, these are the closest I've come so far to what's "right" to me and I doubt I'll find anything else in my price class that will come close. Overall I am very pleased with these speakers.