After some tinkering they are excellent. I bought them without knowing anything about monitors so I was a bit thrown when they sounded weird for certain things like games but great in music. Some basic tweaking of the high and low knobs on the rear of the speakers and raising them to ear height and they are fantastic. I'm no expert but with some minimal faffing about to suit your own ear they are very good, pretty rounded to me. I don't have a great deal to compare to so not sure how much my insight will be of use!