I would say these get me at least halfway or more to the sound of my m80's at about a tenth of the cost, and in an extremely portable version.
I came here to update my review of the HF5's and re-read what I had put here.
I think what I meant to say in the above quote, is that these get me at least halfway to what I imagine my m80's would sound like in a Portable version... if that makes any sense. I was already discounting certain aspects of the m80's due to it being a tower speaker (soundstage, low frequency presence, mid bass thump, etc. when I was comparing the two.
In any event, the update to my review:
I am still happy with the HF5’s but had to get a warranty replacement due to the fact that my cable had frayed near the plug in. The replacement had a red-designed plug in (curved, thicker). After one year, the cable is now splitting near the plug in again.
Fortunately, I have until June until my 2 year warranty is up, so I will send in for one more replacement next month. We’ll see how long the next replacement will last…