I've never purchased speakers (of ALL things) without having heard them (more than once) and without immediate A/B's with others, price be damned. Then, after I know what $16,000 sounds like, I return humbly to the middle floor "salon" and dive headlong into reality. I've never been disappointed when I got them home.
When I opened my M60's and plugged 'em in, I WAS disappointed. That changed radically within a few days. That's when I finally brought in my Snells and put them side by side. THEN I was even happier, considering that "replacing" my Snells would have cost $20,000 and the company finally bought the farm last month anyhow.
I'm glad there was a debate here. For whatever reasons, anecdotal or other, I was relieved that others didn't like thiers outta the box and also felt way differently a few days later. It slowed down my rush-to-judgement and changed my mind, too.
Happy happy happy. Joy joy joy. God, now I'm quoting Billy West!
"Ya rolls the dice and ya takes yer chanskes."