While vocal, acoustic and orchestral music sounds sublime, metal, dance and pop is less impressive. True, with the sub cranked up the eclectic thrashings of The Dillinger Escape Plan sound powerful. But the four mid and high-range speakers cope less well with the complexities of modern metal. There's also a distinct lack of clarity in the very high end of the audible spectrum. It detracts from the sound of bright crash cymbals, for example, resulting in a muddy blend of high and upper-mid frequencies
It's worth noting that if you've got a cat, you might discover that delicate speakers that cost almost a grand are not practical, especially if your cat walks, jumps and generally acts like an ordinary cat. The only way to truly secure these unique speakers would be to use Blu Tack, which would somewhat detract from the intended elegance. If you find balls of pressure-sensitive blue adhesive aesthetically pleasing, then perhaps this won't be an issue.
And it's true, the price of this system is a drawback for fans of a wide range of musical styles. If you enjoy mixes of metal, folk, dance, classical and acoustic music (we do exist), you may find yourself less than satisfied with your costly purchase.
If you're interested in style, these are without question the speakers for you. Generally, they sound good, and they'll blend into the background of your designer bachelor pad or open plan apartment with ease.
On the other hand, there are speakers out there that offer better performance options for those who like a vast array of musical styles, and we were disappointed with how they handled higher frequencies.
If you're a keen audiophile and want the best sound, regardless of genre, you'd be advised to test these out before putting your money down.
Edited by Jason Jenkins
Additional editing by Shannon Doubleday