so the reviewer likes a laid laid back sound, but also notes that it also means some comprise on the level of detail. so far, the reviewer sounds like he prefers a sound similar to what i like-- no tweeters that are IN YOUR FACE!!!! and mids that don't want to draw attention to themselves, and also drivers that can distort the overall sound slightly-- so you can't hear that it really is a mp3 instead of the original cd..
I found both of these drivers to be easy going and pleasant sounding. I sort of want to say laid back, but it wouldn't be correct. The presence isn't actually laid back, rather just smoothed over, pleasing to listen to for long periods of time. I'm speaking of both woofer and tweeter in conjunction as I find both relatively similar in character and match very well. This combination is a great option for those with sensitive ears. There is really nothing that is output that will sound harsh or annoying. To others, this may be their downfall. People looking for the utmost clarity and articulation will be let down as the real fine detail points really aren't there.
the easiest way to understand this would be to tweak a eq for you mids down in the 1-3khz range-- it will make the sound warmer-- it will seem that the voices have more depth, or realism-- their not just playing through the speakers, but you can hear them annuciate the words better then a standard set of speakers..
Again, both are similar in sound. Everything comes across pretty neutral, but the smooth nature does provide a slightly warmer feel from both drivers. However, it's not really a factor of strong or overpowering bass. The woofer does have a small dip in the 2-3kHz range that does create slightly muffled vocals and produces a warmer tone. Minor EQing flattens this out and makes for a very netural woofer or a little more makes it more lively. The tweeter is quite sedate in the same manner, nothing really standing out or overpowering, just very mild.