I picked these up on a whim. They were on CL last week, the owner said they were mint and have never been driven hard. I drove a 2 hour round trip and forked over $40. for them. They are in perfect cosmetic condition. When i got home I hooked them up to an older BPC jvc receiver just to make sure they work. Fast forward to this evening, I had a little time to hook them directly to my Pioneer sx980 for a little listening time. I searched around on the FM dial for a bit, and after listening to a few different tunes, I ran into the other room and grabbed one of my go-to cd's for a little better listen. I must admit, I am a closet Jewel fan, I have never heard another female voice sound so good. Anyway, I started listening and i was blown away!! I had the volume on my 980 up about halfway and all tone bypassed. Acoustic guitar was amazing! I could actually tell she was playing with nylon strings. Her voice has never sounded sweeter! These things blew me away in the transients and peaks. In closing, i must say I have a pair of PSB image series and thought they were really nice, after hearing these Epi's I'm almost ready to throw them in the trash!!! One is blown,(thanks to my son), I am no longer searching for a replacement.