Tens of thousands of happy users can't be wrong. :-)
The sound is more dynamic even backwards, but kind of congealed not clear like you're hearing. So you got it right. Like any good component it sounds great right out of the box then continues to improve and sound even better as it burns in. They work in everything and the best way to get them is when they're having a promo and you get a free Fuse with a set of HFT or whatever. Because you want those too, throw in the Fuse its a no-brainer! Either way yeah, one of these is as big a deal as a really good $300 to $500 power cord, only for a lot less money.