I auditioned them and did not buy them. I had the tall order of wanting to replace my Mission M74i floorstanders with satelites, so getting the full sound I was after was difficult. In the end I went for the much more expensive Kef KHT 9000's.
I also demo'd B&W VM1's and I think they were pretty similar in performance to the 5005's, and push come to shove may think the B&W's pose better value at about £25 less per satelite.
Thanks for the comment Stellavision. I would like the 9000's but can't justifiy the cost for my room size. I know i will regret not getting the 9000's but find that they are a little on the large size for a room of 15' by 12'.
Prehaps i will audition them, and rethink my home setup.
Stellavision last question if you wouldn't mind:
Can you say what sort of level of volume you are running these at for standard music ie quater/half volume the reason i ask is in order to get good musicalilty from them do they sound loud. As the neighbours might turn against me if that is the case. Or do they sound good at low volumes as well.
For general listening my pioneer is usually on -20 to -25 db.
They sound good at all levels, but if you are not using a sub I found the bass has little more kick at higher levels say around -15 db
The combination I am using, ie: sub/sat sounds great quiet but can really kick ass at higher volumes.
My room is 12' x 11' and I think i'm getting the 9000 ace's, but i'm going to listen to the flat panel b&w's too.
P.s Barrie can't wait for your review on the kefs once you have them bedded in and set on the stands/wall.
I had a listen to these the other day and they sound pretty good -slightly larger design than the R180 - don't recall the price as the're not available yet although the floorstanding R270 are about £500 pr so I would guess the R225 are about £400 pr or £200 each which is very reasonable given the cabinet quality and drive units used.
At this price point you're approaching M&K K7 territory which are always popular although probably not as good value for money.
I'm using the Kef 5005's in a 7.1 set up with Q5's as front right and left. I'm driving it all with the Denon 3805 and the sound is pretty damn good. For mid priced dual purpose music/movie set ups I reckon there hard to beat. Just my opinion and I auditioned lots of kit. Take a listen and make your own mind.
If you know where to look the the Kef 5005 can be found at £898 not sure if that includes the floor stands though. you need to check some of the big retailers that have £call. one problem is that you will have to travel to collect them as they wont ship. should have mine this weekend!