So I've been listening to the 85fs for just over a week now and my impressions were a bit back and forth when it came to music.
During my initial stages of listening I was having a great time with watching some movies, TV and some music here and there.
I decided to listen to some music in 2 channel, playing tracks that were used in some of the reviews I've read for the 75f all the way up to the 95f. They were nice to listen to but nothing jumped out at me. I tried listening to some rock, house, pop, and hip hop. Rock by far was the most fatiguing for me at the time. This was all after running my Pioneer MCACC and saving different settings for reverb.
Fast forward a little a bit and I'm debating on whether or not I should reposition my speakers. The bass and mids were pretty flat to me with the highs kind of overshadowing everything in the aforementioned genres. Acoustic and jazz were the only genres I could listen to and be satisfied. So I decided to try one thing before repositioning my speakers, setting them to large and removing the sub from the setup. I ran the 85fs by themselves set to large and just...WOW. Everything I had listened to before that was somewhat difficult for me to listen to I was suddenly able to jam out to or just sit there in awe. Anything I had played previously that I was enjoying already became heavenly. The bass from the 85fs even shook my sofa! I had to double check that my sub wasn't on! These things are crazy! The perceived brightness I was experiencing was also gone, yet everything was still so detailed.
I can only imagine at this point what these speakers would be like with better matching gear but for now I don't even want to reconfigure anything because I'm so delighted with these. Going forward, when it comes to music I'm going to set these guys to large and keep the sub out. Definitely going to set them to small with sub for movies, tv and games though.
This was such a newbie thing to go through, but I'm glad setting them to large gave me such a great experience for 2 channel music. I'm far from a critical listener, but I'm sure I'll learn a thing or two going forward.