I have been salivating over the Vienna libs from the moment they came out. Always seemed like the Rolls Royce of orchestral libs to me. I have been using EWQL Gold and Gold Pro XP over the past few years and really like it but...
...Vienna SE is fantastic. The player is just spot on. The most intuitive and logical player I have encountered. I have a legato string patch coupled with a portamento (finally I have portamento!). The portamento is triggered by velocity and sounds delicious. Once you experience true legato it is murder to go back. Again this is all my humble opinion from a newbie to Vienna but 1st impression is lovely. You also get a trial period of the expanded set which includes the Appasionatta strings, the saxes, guitars, etc. All sounds great. Perhaps I will still use Gold for the french horns. The horns in Vienna are a tad weak (again IMHO) but the epic horns in the trial expanded set sound big and warm. It looks like I'll be buying the expanded set when I get the cash. All in all, if you are looking for a great orchestral lib for around 1k I would highly recommend checking out the Vienna SE with the expanded set.
Two thumbs up for Herb and Christian and the rest of the team!