Looks like your dog enjoys them, too
The Aerius was my first ML’s too, very similar to your experience. I owned a pair of stand-mounted speakers that had limited range (Spica TC-50) and after a year or so, returned to the dealer thinking perhaps a subwoofer would help. He demoed the “just in” Aerius, and I was hooked.
But as often the case, I wanted more, so I shortly moved up to the Quest Z, which is fabulous.
I doubt I will ever go back to box speakers.