The vocals were so smooth and transparent. The bass was nice and tight, without ever hearing any flutter. I could close my eyes, and not tell where the sound was coming from. The entire time, by fiancee kept asking, "which speakers are playing, the ones on top?".
Once I got them home, the highs just seemed to vanish, and they got very boomy. I knew from the getgo that these guys were finicky as far as placement was concerned, and had read up on placement in the VA thread. I honestly thought I would be fine. the biggest issue I ran into, was that I just couldn't create enough separation between them (Which is probably why the soundstage was horrible). Also, dialogue became very difficult to understand at times during movies.
So, now my bro has them. They sound so different in his house. He has a lot more space than I, therefore has more options as far as placement is concerned. We literally moved them around for about an hour, and achieved what I remember hearing.
Edit: At the store, they were being driven by a 4308. I have a 3808ci, with Outlaw M2200's. My brother is running them with a 2808