First off, upon unboxing, it was clearly evident how good looking these speakers are. (Gloss white) Probably the best looking finish of any speakers I’ve ever owned. Another thing that struck me was their size. For a bookshelf, these are large and heavy. Build quality is evident from details like the matching cloth grills to the double set of binding posts on the rear. (For biamp) As far as the sound: I’m impressed. The Ultra Bookshelves have a wide soundstage and are even capable of a bit of bass. (Given their size) I’m running in old Yamaha RX-V 992 receiver with 80 wpc to them and it seems to drive them well. They can easily handle more power though. In conclusion, while a grand may seem like a lot for bookshelf speakers, you will not regret this purchase.