Speakers: Sony SS-M7A speakers
Amp: Carver TFM 35x
Preamp: Xiang Sheng Tube Preamp
Source: Sony SACD Player
Similar speakers heard with the same equipment: Polk SDA 1C's, Polk RTA 11TL's.
I have never reviewed speakers, but I thought I'd share my thoughts on these speakers.
Build Quality: The build quality of these seems very solid. For such small speakers, they weigh close to 60 lbs. You wouldn't believe it to look at them, but they are heavy. From reading other reviews, they seem to be made of high quality components.
Soundstage: The soundstage fo these is very impressive. When seated in the sweet spot, it's almost as if the sound is not coming at you, but rather is coming from around you. That sounds like the SDA effect, but I can only say it is different. The SDA effect makes me think that the sound is all around me - as if I was in the middle of the sound. The Sony's make it seem like there are numbers of speakers all around you directly sending the sound toward you. It's almost as if the sound is directly coming from outside of the actual speaker box. Very impressive.
Imaging/SoundQuality: This is the most impressive aspect of these speakers. I find, more than any other speaker I have heard, that the transfer from highs, to mids, to lows is seamless. When listening to percussive Jazz, the drums are so precise and clean. Classical music imaging is wonderful. I can hear where the flutes are in the orchestra as compared to the brass. More than any other speaker, I find these are a neutral, natural sound.
Negatives: The only negative I can think of is the bass. The small woofer on this does not dig deep, but it is actually surprisingly crisp and clean as can be - similar to the imaging. The bass of the speakers did not knock me off my feet, but kept me smiling as much as my 1C's.
Overall: I must say that I have been, and will be raving about these speakers for a long time. I doubt I will get rid of them. There is no listening fatigue, a natural, clean, crisp sound that is so pleasing to listen to. It has gotten better with time. I must say that I did not think that a monitor type speaker could impress me as much as a floor standing tower speaker, but my opinions have changed drastically. These get my highest recommendation - considering I haven't heard the highest of valued speakers. Take it for what it's worth.