Well...... The beolab5 is the best speakers made today.... by B&O. It is their best speakers for sure. However, beolab5 are not THE best speakers by a very very long shot. I have listened to it before.... Quite frankly, it's the closet hi fi sounding in B&O's lineup. However, compare to other speakers.... Beolab5.... Really don't sound that good. The bass is deep, however, having the ability to hit low is not hard at all, just go to any night club and disco.. Bass resolution and more importantly, bass definition, are much much harder to get right. For the price range, for example, Burmester B50, will eat the beolab5 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I personally have Burmester b80 and when my friend, who has the beolab5, came over, he could not fathom the difference can be that big! He said s B&O sounds like a hi end boom box! Just think about it, for 16000, how much of that cost goes in to the speaker itself? Beolab 5 is an active speaker system. Each of the beolab5 has an amp build-in and also a digital room correction system build in as well Stand alone passive speaker in the same price range has all of the costs go into the drivers, enclosure, and speaker construction. Similar active speakers like the ones from ADAM, for the same price, are all better than beolab5. Just go listen. The ADAMs also have uild-in amp and manual adjustments for room correction. In my opinion, they sound much much better. The only advantage beolab5 has is.... Convenience. You can pretty much place them anywhere you want and it will automatically correct the room digitally. Traditional passive speakers needs a lot of experiments in terms of placement to sound their best. On top of that, you might still need acoustic room treatment. Just go audition Wilson, focal, Burmester, Adam, b&w, vivid audio, and others, you will realize, beolab5 is not even close to being a true hi fi speaker! I also urge you all to listen to Usher's Be 10/Be 20 DMD speakers. For around 16000-18000, they can dance around Beolab5 and can easily perform on par with speakers twice their price.