Alesis Monitor Two by pkward88
I have worked on high-end monitors and midrange monitors (from Tannoy to JBL). When I purchased Alesis Monitor Twos with a Hafler Transnova P1500 amp in in the late 1990s, I felt they were a good pairing, but my room was not ideally set up to truly put them through their paces.
After moving to LA and then back to DC, and now to Portland, bringing the Monitor Twos with me each time, I have now set up a very solid control room and studio, and have replaced the Hafler with a Crown XLS DriveCore 2 1002, which is well-suited to the Monitor Twos (150W program, 200W peak rating on the monitors).
The real test of any monitor, indeed, requires a decent room. And in a decent room, these monitors do very well. They roll at 18K, which is fine for most program material, however, newer powered monitors probably reproduce harmonics in this "inaudible" range that may be preferred by some engineers.
I find the low end to be tight, not squishy, and sound reproduction on all genres seems clear and largely uncolored. Since switching to the Crown amp after a Hafler amp, I perceive slightly more presence in the 1K-4K range, but it is clear and clean, not abrasive.
While these are pitched as near fields, I would not hesitate to drive them a little harder and set them farther away if I had a larger room, to get a little more alignment out of the three-way setup.
I endorse them -- if you find them used in good shape, find some spare parts, set them up in a good room, and you'll be very happy.