http://www.soundandvision.com/content/are-tower-speakers-obsoleteI do find it interesting he mentions a good sub and bookshelves can be an alternative. "Those who assert that only towers can produce satisfying bass just haven't listened to enough (or good enough) subs." I wonder what one has to spend on a sub to make it comparable to the performance of towers? Must be more than $500, cause even optimum placement of my subs doesnt compare to tower performance. My MBMs in optimum placement and up against any tower? Yep, Ill take that bet. But my subs? No, even modest towers will beat them in clarity and impact.