The CS 26 offers a very appealing combination of sonics, ergonomics, and aesthetics. It can stretch across many types of material, and look good in the process. None of its sonic shortcomings came at the expense of the whole sonic picture, which is critical at any price point. While I didn’t find any one aspect of the CS 26 truly extraordinary, I also didn’t find anything truly unappealing, either. It sounds good, looks good, and is easy to set up and drive. This is a solid performer.