I bought this set mainly out of curiosity. I had become familiar with the first versions of the Third and Eighth Symphonies in the Inbal renditions, but had never heard those of the First and Second. Well, from the very first hearing, I was dumbstruck by this set. Not only do Tintner's versions of the Third and Eighth surpass Inbal's in spaciousness and tension, but the other symphonies at the very least equal the very best competing performances; Tintner's Ninth is the only modern version that in my estimation equals the classic Furtwaengler recording.
I have seen some reviewers disparage the first version of the Eighth Symphony. I do not understand this at all. To me, this very first version of the Symphony is far more dramatic and turbulent than the rather smoothed out revision, even in the Haas score (the Nowak is a failure, as far as I'm concerned, in endorsing the cuts in the Adagio and Finale that ruin Bruckner's superb transitions). Bruckner's origingal thoughts in almost all cases (except the Fourth) show him as a far more inventive and bolder composer than do his own revisions.
I am also happy that Tintner chose to include the Symphonies "0" and "00". I have long enjoyed "0", but I find the "Schulsymphonie" rather conventional and uninteresting.
At any rate, here is a Bruckner set in superb sound that can stand as the standard recommendation. And at Naxos' prices, who can resist?