you would be correct in thinking the model ones are almost identical with imaging in the mids, however 'some amps' match better with the manis than 'others', and the 'weight' of some instruments (piano, kick drum, tymphani, etc) will not sound as real as the manis in an a/b comparison. before you swap them out, try other amps(big power) with the manis. you can always add a sub to the manis, but i think you'll be shocked at how low and articulate they can play. i am not a fan of modern smaller speakers as a general rule, but totem makes some of the best, and i would take the mani over any expensive british monitor(and companies like harbeth, pmc and spendor make great speakers). the mani is in a classic by itself.
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