I have been using them and also think they are very good. So much of this stuff is mix and match. Even with great pickups, if they incorrectly adjusted, old strings, wrong amp, wrong guitar etc any pickup set can sound bad.
I have the area hot t bridge and area t neck. I play a lot of hard rock, gig and solo quite a bit. With the bridge pu and a mid range amp (more EL84 sound then a fender 6V6 or 6L6) you can get some pretty amazing rock tones. But if playing clean, the bridge pu is not that exciting. But the neck pickup is exciting for clean stuff and works great for chordal melody, jazz, blues and rock stuff. I also added the Kinman-like treble bleed circuit and that also helps maintain treble at all volume levels. So in general... I use the bridge for the dirt/rock stuff and the neck for the clean rhythm stuff and it seems to work. People always talk about 'it sounds like a blanket is over my amp'. These (any that are humbucker types) will always have a hint of that... but the tradeoff is they also reduce hum/noise a lot and thats a big deal if you are playing with a fair amount of gain/distortion.