Originally Posted by Rex Anderson
I've owned F208's for several years now and have thrown just about everything in the book at them. They sound great with all styles of music and they should, they are neutral, full range speakers that tell you what is on the recording. That said, everything is dependent on the quality of the recording.
I had someone come to my house yesterday to hear them and he brought his own CD's. We spent 3 hours listening to a wide variety of rock, pop, jazz and classical music. He will soon be the proud owner of a pair of F208's. I really enjoyed watching (and hearing) him listen. A few times he shouted "WOW! That was amazing! I have heard this music many times and just heard things I haven't heard before". He commented on how much more detail he heard than with any other speaker he had owned. He was a conductor for many years and a music critic, a very serious musician with thousands of records in his collection.
As I was reading through this thread, I thought, "Hmm, I should post..." but looks like Rex beat me to it.
I'm the guy who took up three hours of his valuable time listening to music on those F208s, which are now proudly and beautifully placed in my home theater (with the matching center speaker soon to arrive!) The F208s are major, or as a friend said, "Those sound like 'endgame' speakers," something you could live with for many, many years.
As Rex indicated, at one point, I shouted out loud because I heard a violin section flourish with a vividness I had never heard, and in a recording I've listened to literally dozens and dozens of times (a magnificent Mercury Living Presence, three-mic recording from 1956!).
Over the past two days I've thrown Mahler, The Puppini Sisters, Ben Webster, Wagner, Robert Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders (no kidding), King Crimson, Primus, and many more at these speakers. In every case, they just 'said,' "Hey, Bob, listen to THIS!" So, my conclusion would be that no matter what kind of music you currently listen to, the F208s are more than equal to the job; and when you branch out into other areas of listening, they'll have you covered there, too.