OK, I've been looking for new fronts for a bit now and when Newegg put these on sale for $230 each I decided to make the leap. I only had reviews to go by and had not heard them live. Kinda risky I know but after reading multiple reviews on them I just felt like they seemed to be the sound I was seeking. Build quality is great too.
Well, they arrived Friday and I'd just like to say they turned out to be pretty much exactly what I was looking for sound wise. Smooth, detailed natural sound without a hint of brightness, nice sound stage, great mids and solid bass to boot. When I first hooked them up and was listening the wife sitting next to me asked if the center channel was on when it wasn't. When I said no she got up to check because she didn't believe me. In stereo mode I didn't feel I needed the sub going and never turned it on all weekend. They are 30" from the back wall to the front of the speakers and 30"+ from the side wall toed in a bit in an open floor plan vaulted slanted ceiling. Still fill the room nicely imo.
If I had the money I'd buy another pair right now. The fact they recommend 72 hours at 90db break in before critical listening means they will only get better as I only have about 12 hrs in them so far. I'm excited about that. Yes, the folded motion tweeter does have a little different sound initially, but after listening to them for hours straight that disappears and I wondered if this sound is actually closer to real than a domed tweeter sound. Me likee.
My preference is for a bit of airiness, natural, smooth and controlled with no brightness. I was looking for a better version of my Mirage M490 and M190is that I like a lot. I definitely found it.
Additional FYI they are driven by an Integra 7.3 100wpc HTR that can handle 4 ohm speakers. Actually after changing the setting to 4 ohm the receiver runs much cooler than it did when set to 6 ohm.
Some reviews say they are "tippy", which is true if you just set them on the carpet with the feet designed for hard floors. They do more easily tip forward that way, but just putting in the provided spikes and raising the fronts a bit over the rears and they are just as solidly planted as any other speaker.
Anyway, the Newegg $230 per speaker shipped deal is going away after today so if you were on the fence about these I'd get off the fence and buy them. You won't be sorry imo.