So, I'll just leave this here....
Thanks once again
, there's absolutely no way I could have got them running tonight without you. Well, maybe if I installed the jet engines in the room, lol. You, my friend, went above and beyond! Beers, food, and tunes are awaiting the next time you're in my area. Don't be a stranger!
As for initial impressions...well, I don't really want to say a bunch, yet. But, I'll say a few things I notice right off the bat on tracks I've loved on the Cats and feel I know well.
1) Imaging is different on these. I probably still have to play with position, and they are in a different spot than the Cats were, so it's not 1:1. That said, there were times on the Cats where I'd notice a "cool effect" where a voice would shift a little bit as, for example, the singer modulated their notes. These speakers, the singer's voice sits rock solid at the same spot without "warbling." In this case, I will surmise the "cool effect" was a "distortion" that the M2s don't have. However, in some tracks, I more clearly noticed smoother panning on the Cats. Yet, these place things more exactly. So...there's a noticeable difference, and I think I have to dial them in to get the best of each. Unfortunately, I don't know if I'll ever know what's "right" because headphones, for some odd reason, never seem to image really well for me; always sounds like I'm in a box.
2) Detail is definitely greater on the M2s. I'd say that's especially noticeable to me thus far in the lower ranges. For example, I can pick apart bass guitar riffs better. The Cats were excellent here, these are better. Also, the highs "sparkle" a bit more (with the Cats I needed to let Audyssey do its thing to tweak the highs a bit and, while that added some harshness, I preferred it).
3) Still some things on tracks I can't make out even with these, lol. So, either the track isn't mixed well enough to let me, or it's my room (or ears, lol). For example, I've tried to hear what these weird, but audible, background vocals were trying to say in Temple Of Theives - In The Garden (Collecting Souls) and I still bloody can't.
That said, I have a few things to work on -- tweaking position, tweaking gains, trying to remove a bit of hum (which isn't really audible at my seat, but...still, fanatical and all, lol) which is probably caused by RCA -> XLR on my Denon. I had it slightly on the Cats, too, and had to connect them to a power cleaner which also powered my Denon (and probably just supplied a better common ground) to get rid of it. I don't have that option here, so... Also, I should find a way to trigger the amps on and off because I don't think they should be on all the time, not because they suck down power, just because they shouldn't, lol.
And now, I'm going to finish my beer, listen to a few more tracks, and head to bed. Tomorrow, maybe I'll get to crank them a bit more and see what I can wring out, lol.