The other day, I listened to the V2.1's and the V2.3's. They were being powered by a Yamaha RX-V1. IMO, an okay amp but not enough power to push these speakers to the limits, especially the V2.3 (explained below). I tested these speakers using four CD's. AC/DC "Back in Black," Metallica "The Black Album," Metallica "Garage Inc. CD 1," and Iced Earth "Horror Show." As you can see mainly heavy metal and hard rock albums. I like these albums for their very dynamic sound. They have lots of bass, mid range and treble plus the sound is very clean, unlike a lot of metal album these days. IMO, great albums for testing speakers. The first thing I noticed about these speakers were the tweeters. I absolutely love them. There's something about their sound that's very unique from any other tweeter I've heard. I don't know what it is, but they are very loud and detailed, almost bright but not quite, and yet they aren't overwhelming. The tweeters added a whole new dimension to my music. I'm suddenly hearing effects and cymbal crashes I never heard before. Very nice. A couple weeks ago I listened to most of the Dynaudio Audience line and those speakers, by far, had the best imaging I ever heard. The imaging with the Veritas is almost as good, if not just as good. When I closed my eyes, I could visualize the locations of the musicians in front of me. Very cool. These speakers also have excellent bass. The V2.1's are small booshelves and I was surprised with the amount of punch they had. I was little disappointed with the V2.3's bass. They had lots of punchy bass, but I was expecting more because of it's size. But I guess this is because it was being underpowered. It might be a totally different story if a real amp was hooked up. All in all, these are great speakers. I thinking about getting the V2.2's now. Even though I haven't heard them before, they fit right in between the V2.1's and V2.3's and they should sound just as incredible. I still need to listen to the Paradigm Studio 40's and the Klipsch RB-5's before I decide which ones to get. But right now the Veritas V2.2 are my favorites with the Dynaudio 52's trailing behind a little bit. If you're looking for some nice speakers for both music and movies, I strongly recommend you check the Energy Veritas out.