lively but not bright or harsh. nice speaker for sure.
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I have plenty of experience with the Amphion Xenons. One of the warmest systems I ever heard was the Xenons paired with some Pathos amps. I heard them sound bright with a Rotel 1080 reciever. I have also heard them with Cayin KT88 but tube rolled Tung Sol 6550, Sim Audio W-7 and W-3 and a modded Unison Unico SE. Other than the Rotel, none of above sounded bright at all. A great speaker, but like most things, room and components will determine your results. I heard from some one that knows the line very well the Conrad Johnson is a great pairing with the Amphions.
Picking up this thread late but I agree with KClone.
Amphion are essentially neutral, stunning value. The idea that they sound "metallic" comes either from a well-known psychological association (metal drivers have to sound metallic, orange-glowing tubes sound warm) or from a genuinely bad pairing (or room resonance, etc...).
I used Amphion Argons with solid-state amps and the result was stunning. I rate the brand quite highly.
Have had Argons in my system for about 7 years or so, and no intention of replacing them. I don't find them bright or harsh at all. As someone above said and as advertised, they are to my ear very neutral in a musical way.
Quick, punchy bass, clear yet smooth treble, and a very - not sure the right word really, but "engaging" comes to mind, as does realistic, midrange.
And very beautiful to look at.