As you might expect, there were huge differences in bass slam and overall impact from the two different set-ups. I was especially taken with the bass, depth, air, and detail of the bigger speaker package. But even the $1300 monitors, however, delivered solid sound that turned heads and influenced people. Source was a laptop running Windows Media Player, feeding a NuForce uDAC-2, VT 01 preamp, and MB 200 monoblocks. (I can't find the last two on NuForce's website, but it's what company founder Ammar Jadusingh, shown in the photo, scribbled in my notepad.