Glad I Got'em!
I jumped on the recent BOGO deal and couldn't be more satisfied. I currently run these (A mon.) and a pair of JBL305 (B's). I had the JBL's for a couple of years and they were excellent in the space I was in prior (10'x9' treated room with desk close to wall). However, I just moved into a larger mixing area (20'x17' semi-treated room, desk out away from walls) and immediately started on a mixing project. The familiarity I had with the monitors in the previous room was completely wiped away. They sounded NOTHING like what I was used to. It was very frustrating. Needless to say I made multiple trips to the car to check mixes. I had to do something about the monitor situation so I started shopping around. I had my eye on these and the Sceptre's but when I got the email about the BOGO deal I got a pair of these R65's. The first thing I did after set-up and burn-in was pull up some reference tracks. It was like someone pulled cotton balls out of my ears or something. The detail was incredible compared to the JBL's. Everything in the tracks seemed to reside in a very specific spot within the eq spectrum. I haven't heard that before. I also noticed for the first time how the "big guys" used multed tracks and eq'd them differently in each section. For example, I noticed the kick drum in one particular song was eq'd completely different in the verse than the chorus. After listening to them for a couple of days with references I pulled up a track I was working on and while I did go to the car to listen I found that I was VERY close to having the track ready for mastering. I still use the JBL's in the A/B set up I now have. They are excellent for midrange -- specifically the low mid. I still am in the process of learning the weaknesses and strengths of these, but I'm in a way better situation than I was -- NO DOUBT. Here's what I can tell you from my experience:
Strengths: Excellent high end detail that sounds amazingly pleasant without being harsh or "boosted" in volume. In other words, the upper frequencies are not louder on these monitors, just more prevalent yet smoother at the same time. There seems to be multiple "slots" of eq sections in the highs rather than a generic large high end band. The lows are accurate, snappy and true. I have a much easier time mixing low end on these monitors than the JBL's -- and without a sub.
Weaknesses: The midrange seems slightly scooped until you get to a certain volume. I mix at pretty low levels and I can only work at higher volume for short periods of time. I get this weird anxiety thing going on at high volumes for longer than 5 or 10 mins. However, once you find a decent level on the louder side the midrange is amazing!!!! It is at that point that I'm making last minute mix bus decisions -- then check it at lower levels.
All in all, really glad I pulled the trigger on these! Hope this was helpful...