First, this is probably not a fair review because my home reference speakers are Bowers and Wilkins bookshelfs arranged into a surround arrangement with a sub, and that system makes me like music I usually hate. However, on the other hand, these speakers went into a Toyota Corolla with one of the worst stock systems I've ever heard or imagined, so the bar was low! The factory speakers were literally paper and plastic with magnets the size of a $2 stack of quarters. I yanked those out and put them in the garbage, and also installed a Kenwood head unit to replace the pathetic 20W stock cd player. Signal is good!
It's a world better now, but I now wonder if I should have spent more. These speakers were definitely designed to go with a sub, so in a sub-less 4-speaker system like mine I set the EQ flat and put the dreaded "loudness" on level one. I might experiment more, but the point is they're not perfectly balanced out of the box. More concerning, I just don't feel the sharp (but not too bright) crispness I like from my reference speakers. These speakers seem biased toward emphasizing stringy sounds like guitars, violins, and harmonicas. That said, they're strong on classical music.
Pros: -with the connector supplied by Crutchfield, wiring is easy and foolproof.
-covers are not juvenile-looking like so many others.
Cons: -lacks crispness, yet on flat EQ the treble is too high. Compensate for the treble with a sub, EQ settings, loudness, or bass boost. Compensate for the crispness by spending $100 per speaker next time.
-no anti-rattle foam along the mounting surface.
-no anti-road-noise foam long the front (used weatherstripping after I realized how much louder the road noise was after installing these. That fixed it.).