Hello Peeps. I received my Leema Xen 5.1 setup, consisting of 5 Leema Xens and 1 SPLX10 subwoofer. After a week of pretty critical listening, albeit while the speakers are well within their break-in period, my thoughts are you beauties. They are by far the best speakers that Ive ever owned, they should be, they are by far the most expensive speakers Ive ever owned. Firstly, the Xens. They seem incredibly well engineered, the main body of the speaker is made from steel while the baffle is a very thick piece of maple. The baffle is connected to the main body of the cabinet by 16 tiny bolts while the backplate is also connected to the cabinet in the same manner. The back features two incredibly sexy sets of binding posts for bi-wiring. The Xens were delivered in three boxes of two Xens, a nice touch from Leema was that the third box which should have contained only 1 Xen also contained the carcass of a Xen featuring just the cabinet and a dummy baffle, in this carcass you can see some sort of what is probably sound damping material and a steel tube cross brace. They do look pretty professional, and they might not be to every bodies taste, but I think they look just groovy. Even Ms Dazed is coming around to them .hmmm. They are also tiny, obviously not tiny when compared to my previous Gallo NMs, but tiny compared to all of the other speakers Ive ever owned, they measure 22cm tall, 14cm wide and about 20cm deep. The SPLX10 looks just as well engineered as the Xens, the design is one I havent come across before. The cabinet is made from the same high quality steel as the Xens, the design features a 10 inch, very serious looking driver. About 5cm in front of the driver is a piece of maple featuring the Leema logo. I think the design is called a pressure zone cabinet (?), it can also be used in a downward firing configuration. The rear (or top) features all the usual controls, power, function full or low pass, volume, crossover and phase and the high and low level connections. The SPLX10 has a 250w amp. Im driving the setup with a 2011, fully mcacced up for my far less than perfect positioning. The speakers dont seem to present a very difficult load for the 2011 despite their 6 ohm rating, even at pretty high volumes the amp barely gets hot, infact I think the Pioneer used to get hotter driving the Gallos not sure why this should be, maybe Im just imagining it. Blah Blah Blah. What about the sound I hear you ask. Just one word is sufficient awesome. Just awesome. The sound just sort of exists, completely independent of the actual boxes themselves, Ive heard people talking about a lack of boxiness, especially with my previous speakers the Gallo Nucleus Micros but these are on a different plain. The clarity and level of detail are breathtaking, I know its a cliché but I am actually hearing stuff Ive never heard before. Last night I had a bit of a late period Radiohead and Mogwai session, at low(ish) SPLs and the insight was just superb, the bass was just so clean and pure, the soundstage so wide that I couldnt actually bring myself to go to bed, just one more track, one more track. Id only really heard about holographic imaging I didnt really know what it meant. I do now. On heavier stuff, like Rammstein, Mad Capsule Markets, Will Haven etc the guitar crunch and attack (not hi-fi words I know) was just sublime, the closest Ive ever heard to actually bashing out those oh so satisfying chops yourself. On more dance oriented material like Left Field the bass is just all enveloping and so, so sweet, effortless and yet fearsomely accurate. He-he, and Im still only probably about half way through the recommended 70hr break in period. What about the sub? Well to tell you the truth you dont actually hear it, its there of course but such is the level of integration that the sub has simply disappeared. Maybe its because Ive moved the sub about a metre from my old subs position, maybe the 80hz crossover point lends itself to better integration than the Gallos 100hz (80hz is a far better and more satisfying crossover point than 100hz imo) I dont know, as it stands Im finding it difficult to talk about the subs strengths due to the amazing integration between the Xens and SPLX10. On multi-channel material the sound is just as good IMO, although to tell you the truth I was so busy enjoying LOTR The Two Towers that I simply forgot to really listen to what the Xens were doing. Needles to say however the imagery was transparent and very coherent, beyond anything that Id previously heard. Is there a downside to the Xens, well yes. Id really love to hear what these babies sound like with some top-notch amplification but thats only the upgrade demon having a word (must .resist .must .resist) To use one word to describe my Leema owning experience Chuffed.