After nearly a week of listening to these speakers, I am absolutely floored by their performance. There are just so many things that the Arros do right... and many more that they do almost perfectly. Their ability to produce a nearly three-dimensional soundstage is uncanny, and imaging has to be heard to be believed.
One preconception of mine in this regard has been totally reshaped, however, in that I suppose I always assumed that a forward, etched out presentation would be the byproduct of a speaker which imaged like crazy. Not the case here. In fact, it's odd to hear the soundstage actually begin somewhere behind the speakers. And whereas, some might find this to be recessed and laid back, I find that it actually makes my room seem larger by extending past the back wall. Amazing...
Of course, I tossed in selections that I knew the Arros would adore -- Stop Making Sense by the Talking Heads (remastered), which always had a way of making my system sound a whole lot better than it really was. The results, of course, were magical. Without going into, I heard *this* or *that* when I had never heard *that* or *this* before, suffice it to say that I forgot I was even listening to the Arros, critical listening placed gently aside for an hour of just listening to and enjoying good music.
How about something not generally so "agreeable"? Like for instance, the Ramones... The Ramones Jesus, high-fidelity and the DIY punk aesthetic aren't generally the best of bedfellows. Critical listening sessions while sniffing glue and what have you... but my goodness, did the music come alive!!! One 4 1/2" driver should not have been able to reproduce the utter bombast of drums and guitar that is a typical Ramone's two-minute ditty, but did it ever. I cannot believe how far these speakers dig in the bass department. And of course, it's articulate and quick out the wazoo... lending even more urgency to each of these songs. If you like quick, snappy, and tempo tempo tempo, than the Arros are your darlings. No sub here -- the slug couldn't keep pace.
There is a caveat to all of these gushings, however. My equipment has been humbled, as I am overwhelmed with a sense of how limiting my equipment might be. Totem suggests 40+ integrated watts to feed the Arros.... As 4 Ohm speaks, they take the 220 into 4 ohms that my Rotel RB980Bx dishes out and suck it dry. Not that the amp is necessarily straining (though it runs a tad hotter than usual), but I get the feeling, not just from research, but from experience, that these speakers would immensely benefit from more quality and quantity. As such, I've probably only hit the tip of the iceberg with the Totems.
Other owners have warned of this... you may think you're getting the deal of the century with 'em, but wait until you're selling your home to place an order with Halcro. But I guess this make them an even better investment -- no rolling speakers -- thoroughly enjoying what I have, but knowing that every step up in power and source will yield an even better product. I've heard they never plateau... though I doubt I will ever be in a position to confirm this unless I win the lottery.
Finally, good luck pinpointing them. All sounds seem to exist outside of the Arros, and as a result and maybe luckily, I have had absolutely no problems setting them up. They're beautiful, but skittish... and enough jibber jabber.. How 'bout some pics?