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I rate these a 3 out of 5 or avg sound for their price point. At lower volumes the mids and especially highs are too subdued/not very revealing. While some people may prefer this, there are other speaker choices that do better. This is not a casual listening, background speaker if you like detail in your music or HT. It actually shines at high volumes by feeding it a clean and powerful signal. At volumes where other small bookshelves break down, compress, etc., these things will really sing! At high volumes they are highly musical and will get you really involved in the music. But, how often do you intend to listen to really loud music? There are alternatives in the market and some that Crutchfield has which I recommend are the PSB Image XB which should produce clear mids and highs and can keep up with the more expensive Imagine B, and the Martin Logan Motion 15s, which sounded very much like my Paradigm SE-1s which I own, but is more efficient and had a unique quality in rendering voices to appear more live. Either would be a great choice and likely a better alternative than the Bostons, unless you really want to crank the music. So, Boston M25 if you play your music really loud. PSB XB for nice mids and highs until they get loud (titanium tweeters could sound shrill to some). Martin Logan Motion 15s for also a nice balance and a more live sounding voice rendering, but may break down at higher volumes, sooner than my Paradigms or PSB will.
Pros: Best at load music and HT applications.
Cons: Not as musical or revealing/detailed at low to mid volumes. Also black gloss looks with leatherette nothing really special.