I am new to listening to classical music, so please don't take my review too seriously. Nonetheless, I wanted to say that I have listened to these recordings of Beethoven symphonies and thoroughly enjoyed them. Despite being analog recordings, the sound quality is very high. I will also say that I researched reviews of these Blomstedt/Staatskapelle Dresden recordings broadly across the web, and nearly everybody states this is the best of bargain-priced versions and perhaps as good as many of the more expensive, more famous recordings.
The box contains 5 cds in cardboard sleeves, with no notes, or anything, but I'm not sure why one would pay extra for notes with so much information available on the Internet.
Anyway, a purchase well worth the money.