Hello, Regarding your MB Quart spkrs.-I have a pair of 502's that are a German-made model (medium-sized) that I purchased from Sound City of NY/NJ about one year ago. The salesman that I bought them from them (and whom I have I dealt with several times) said that one of his customers said his pair rivaled a similar size pair of Dunlavy or Snell's that he also owned. My setup is entry-level high-end Counterpoint, Bryston, Citation, Rotel. I am very happy with them w/my system, although at first I thought they were a little on the bright side. If I had my way, they would be on stands, but they sit on top of an entertainment ctr in my medium-sized room. I did upgrade cheapo Monster Cable (XP series) to some recommended Cardas cables (the Twinlink) and have been pretty happy. As you say, MB Quart seems to be largely ignored here in the U.S. for home audio, and I get the upgrade bug quite often-I see Monitor Audio, Proac's, Dynaudio, Totem, etc. spkrs that I wish for but actually it is more out of what "Mr.Jones next door" has than reality. The aesthetics and construction are pretty good, with gold-plated (biwireable) oversized posts, a rubber surround, pretty thick MDF walls, and a beautiful oak veneer finish. Incidentally, I have seen a couple of reviews of ultra high-end speakers in Stereophile that use MB Quart drivers (tweeters mostly)-the one I remember is a pair of $2500 Aerial's. Hope this might give you some peace of mind.
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