Im listening to a pair right now in my office system. Smooth, grain-free and a little rolled off. Definitely not bright. Didnt need much breaking in either. Id suggest losing the Monster ic and RS speaker cable. Dont need to spend a lot of money. The Radio Shack audio/video cables are fine as interconnects, though of course you can do better for a lot more money (yellow and white color coded and thick, in a white package, number something-1504, not the red and white thinner audio cables). A lot of people swear by Sound King or Carol 12 gauge, but depending on length, the RS 18 gauge solid core hook up wire is also ok. Again, you can do better by spending more money but I doubt you want to spend more money than you have in the speakers themselves.