I would have matched my Junior against any flat burr home/ light commercial machine and am confident it would have held its own. The Max is a clear step up from there.
Positive Product Points
Remarkable improvement in my shots. Easy to make very fine adjustments in your grind.
Negative Product Points
Large adjustments in your grind would take some time.
I'm actually surprised to be writing this, but feel compelled to do so. Having owned a Cimbali Junior/Cadet for several years, I wondered about the Max and its conical/flat burr mix. Got a used original Max recently and found it made a notable difference in my shots. Also, my Junior/Cadet has markedly sharper replacement burrs. I have not replaced my Max' burrs, though I have pulled off the carrier to inspect them up close and personal. While there is no noticeable damage to them, they do not have the razor sharpness of the Junior's. Still, given the quality of the espresso, I do not see any reason to change any of the burrs. Besides, the conical ones are supposed to last forever. Fit and functionality is also excellent, as even with the taller hopper that comes on an original Max (unlike the Max/Junior hybrid from Chris' Coffee), it still fits under my upper kitchen cabinets (just barely). I have no problem with the sound or speed, and the the "Thwacker" is operated daily by my three year old son, who thinks that making coffee with daddy is the very best way to start each day. Sometimes I consider removing the grinds flap that sits in the doser, so that I can sweep any grinds that collect between the burrs and the doser. Haven't done so yet, but thinking about it.