I recently auditioned the GR Research AV-2 (formerly A/V 1+) in my home for 1 week. First off, let me say, I wish I could have A/B’ed the speakers with a comparable pair, but I will attempt to give the best review I can without a direct comparison. Appearance The first thing about these speakers that impressed me was their sheer weight and sturdiness. The wood cabinets are not only beautiful, but incredibly well made. Also, the nifty removable magnetic grill makes showing off the dual drivers to friends especially quick and easy. Sound Overall, the speakers produce a rich full sound that I had yet to experience with my equipment. Their warm sound couples well with my vintage Marantz 2245 receiver to reduce fatiguing in my listening experience. The speakers proved versatile catching many nuances of jazz recordings and providing sufficient power for rock n roll. I was especially impressed by the realism of harmonica and guitar in some of my favorite folk and blues CD’s. Breakdown If you’re a treble freak you might think that some of the highs get lost, as the tweeter is situated in the middle of the two drivers. But, if you appreciate a warmer sound like I do, you’ll love the blending created by this design. As for me, the midrange really hits the spot and these speakers bring out a rich tone. The bass holds it own with all other bookshelves I auditioned. If you’re going to run a two channel setup (no sub), then these are about as good as you can get. Conclusion If I had enough confidence in my own handiwork, I’d buy the kit in a second. It’s like getting $1500 speakers for only $550---this includes the upgrades that I experienced with the pair sent to me. However, $900 for a fully assembled pair is currently out of my college student budget. These AV-2’s are exceptional in reproducing a remarkably realistic and full representation of the music. These are a handsome, great sounding pair of speakers that would be terrific on their own or an asset to any setup. Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz Ella & Louis- Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong Maiden Voyage- Herbie Hancock Folk-Rock Beeline- Peter Case Willy Porter- self titled Blood on the Tracks- Bob Dylan Rock Dosage- Collective Soul Greatest Hits- Bob Seiger Associated Equipment for this Review: Receiver: Marantz 2245 Sources (CDP/Turntable): Cambridge Audio D500SE Speakers: GR Research AV-2 Cables/Interconnects: Monster Cable Room Size (LxWxH): 11 x 12 x 10 Room Comments/Treatments: carpeted Time Period/Length of Audition: 1 week Go Here for More Pictures!