These monitors have 5 inch woofers so dont expect big bass. In the wrong environment, your gonna' hear more harmonic distortion than actual bass. That's just the nature of a small cone. If you need real bass, add a subwoofer in the right spot, with the right crossover settings. If they exhibit poor frequency response in the bass / mid bass its all about your environment. The truth is, if you are very critical of your stuff, don't buy budget equipment. You'll never be satisfied. For the price, I think these are a good deal. The tweeter is very sweet, uncolored, extended and lifelike. These monitors get loud enough for their size. the controls on the back are useful. I think the tweeter and the woofer are not equals though. The tweet really is a better driver than the woofer. The woofer simply does not have the resolution to match. Close but not close enough. I consider these listening speakers and not necessarily mixing speakers. They will reveal great detail, aspecially in the high frequencies. I use them to listen, and to check translation from my primary mixing speakers. I like the port on the front, which is the way it should be. I like the looks, price, output, and high freq detail. I dont like all the controls on the back. I dont like the response of the tweeter in relation to the woofer. I honestly cannot find the "perfect" tweeter level setting. I settled on "0". Boosting the highs makes listening fun for short periods of time because the highs sound so sweet, but the balance seems to be a bit off in any position. Buy these if you like sweet highs, okay mixing capabilities, if you dont need sub bass, if you like the novelty of ribbon tweets, or if you dig Samson. I guess my reasoning was, I like sweet highs. Plus, I cant go crazy with the bass where I do my work, as not to disturb the neighbors. Use these with another set of speakers to get a clearer picture of your mix. Use these alone for listening pleasure.