WHAT YOU ARE GETTING. Fell in love with these speakers the moment I saw the slender shape, because my small room can't accommodate regular towers, and the glass stand which make them look classy, in contrast I don't like the black stand of newer models. Don't know how these, relatively narrow, stand fare on thick carpeting, but they do sell an optional spike kit for carpets. The regular rubber feet are height adjustable, within reason. Fairly hefty weight so they won't tip over by themselves but if you have small children or large pets, careful, they should have built an earthquake safety hook for us living in the West Coast, or Oklahoma :) but no. A couple of hand-holds while moving the speakers would had been nice, but again no, but that's minor details. The shell finish at first feel plastic but is more like a thick clear coat over aluminum which it said to be constructed with, is fine, is black, can't really tell at a distance, don't know about the silver version. The banana jacks, the bared wire holes are facing each other, so you have to be careful the bare wires don't end up touching each other, Note to Definitive, screw those jacks so the holes are 15 degree slanted from vertical.
SONIC QUALITY. Great, better than my previous bookshelfs, duh. Even with multiple drivers + passive radiators, don't expect mega bass from these, Definitive expects you to run these with a subwoofer. Spec says drivers are 4.5" but I measured the active cones at barely 3.5" Definitive also seems to suggest you wire your subwoofer through these rather than through your amp's SW output, but I will let you research that yourselves, it would make ad-hoc trimming less convenient depending whether your sub has a remote. The manual says to crossover these at 80hz but my preamp auto tested and picked 100hz, still playing with these.
AESTHETIC CONSIDERATION. Because of room constraint I had to place these speakers close to my TV, which doesn't make it look good. Towers, I suppose in general, want to look spread out, so if you have this problem, I suggest make yourself a couple of cardboard facsimiles, paint them black and see if you like it. My old bookshelfs on stands were more agreeable in this regard.