I'll declare an interest first. I know, and used to work with the guys who make these. But that hasn't stopped me reviewing at least one of their other products unfavourably. Spent a happy afternoon comparing the Leema Xyps to my Dynaudio BM15 passives. Despite being smaller (and prettier) than the BMs, the Xyps are more open and, on a fairly wide range of material, more honest than the BMs. The real giveaways are female vocals, piano and especially bass guitar. Althought the BM15s are no slouch at any of these the Xyps just articulate better and place things in the sound stage more accurately. Bass guitar notes are more obviously separated and distinct. The difference was not so great as to have me reaching for my chequebook but, to put this in perspective, the (more expensive and much smaller) Leema Zens, which I also have a pair of, make the difference much more obvious. But these really need a sub-woofer to compensate for the lack of the lower octave or so. One of these days, I hope I will be able to afford the full 5.1 set-up. No sales pitch, but anyone who really reckons they have 'golden ears' really needs to hear Leema's speakers before buying elsewhere. I am led to believe the floorstanding Xaviers combine the virtues of the Zens with the bass extension (and more) of the Xyps. I'm eagerly looking forward to hearing them and I'll report back here when I do.