I have it for a week, and it is f***** awesome deal! i get it brand new boxed for just 550 euros ( sorry folks, we live nearby Austria), and it is sweeatest deal i have ever have. the looks are fantastic, and you have feeling you'be bought a nice piece of furniture ( mine is in cherry finish).
and the sound. i have not a chance to hear previous model, but Haydn Grand has verry pronounced and airy top end, along with tight bass. midrange is quite magical,and sounstage is immpresive. manual stated how chage of sound is noticed after 30 hours and full potential after 100 hours, so it is not even break in and they alredy sound fantastic.
i was wondering about new position of bass reflex port , which is on the sides of tweeter, but it has no any negative influnce on the sound,even at high volumes.
i think you can't go wrong with this, they look gorgeous, sounds fantastic, and i think you should go much deeper into your wallet to find anything better than this for a bookshelf speaker.
friend of mine brought Monitor Audio B2 to compare, and for a price MA is a pretty good but it was knocked down in the first round by Vienna's. MA has smaller scale, lack the intimacy of Haydn, and lost some fine details.
but, since they're not harsh or bright or such, it is very honest speaker and as such it will be slightly hard on bad recordings so forget your MP3's with these babies! they deserve the best you can, either electronics or CDs, LPs and so on...