I have been listening to wide range of music from different sources (vinyl, MP3, CD) with these speakers and yes, initially I did feel that the top-end can be a little wearisome. That said, having run them in for well over a year, the sound has become a lot more refined and smooth.
Listening to The Chemical Brothers' "Believe" off a 12" 'Push The Button' promo, Miles Davis' "Basin Street Blues" off 'Seven Steps to Heaven,' and "Dead Born and Grown" by the Staves. The Gales handled them all pretty well, if at times a touch sibilant.
Having hooked them up with a vintage NAD 3020, I leave the tone controls at the 12 o'clock position, let the speakers lie down on their side and toe them in. I get very good soundstage, well-presented mids and punchy bass.
Have done a side-by-side comparison with Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 and Q Acoustic 2020i speakers and the Gales perform well in comparison but have a different character and not as revealing as the Q Acoustics.
Definitely worth as much if not more than their price tag.
I found a pair of these in the loft, and gave them another try having replaced them with a pair of cheap tannoy F1s about 2 years ago. Better sound than I remember with my Onkyo 515. Very different sound from the Tannoys - very smooth, controlled and clear up to a point, but when the volume goes up, music becomes woolly and indistinct in comparison as treble lacks clarity. All in all, though, not a bad sound - just different, and no doubt to some peoples taste.
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