yonson: Working things out with seller, good news is FedEx was suppose to professionally pack them and they did not, so this should speed things up... They do sound wonderful... either way I can make them look much more presentable, but if I have to give them up, so be it.. Now compared to the Contour 20's, right now a tad more deeper bass and a very slightly tipped up highs verses the Contour 20's this is only after a few hours of comparing but they do sound better on some music, very similar to the review that was posted. They are like a sonic punch in your face when you crank them up, Contour 20's more laid back. They Look marvelous minus a couple of scratches and slight dent on back of left speaker..
Seems like a fair assessment.
I only auditioned Special 25 once at the dealer using Accuphase, but how you describe them matches my memory of them. They have also been compared in reviews to Focus 260. Meaning, focused, fast, dynamic for their size, but also a bit in your face. Even if I had not moved to a smaller place, the 260s were on their way out because I was getting a bit tired of the focused "in your face" part. I had already auditioned Contour 20 and 30 and knew they offered a sound I was ready for: a few rows back in the audience, wider, more comprehensive, and a little less focused. The result is that I have longer listening sessions with my C20s and keep them on for longer periods of time than I did with my 260s. I also enjoy the C20s more for low-volume listening. Though sometimes you do want it in your face!