Ok, I was going to wait for some break-in period to even post this but I feel things can only get better so I'll post now. Background: I was looking for a sub $500 CDN speaker for my stereo listening (Jazz - Rock). I am using a pair of ASL waves and a ASL pre-amp (CD-player in transition). I currently was using B&W 303's but since I had 3 of them and upgrade bug hit I figured it was a good time to try out some new speakers! As a side note (hopefully also to make my review seem somewhat more credible) I just want to list the speakers I currently own. 4 x Paradigm Studio 40's 1 x Studio CC 2 x Paradigm Atoms 3 x B&W 303's I'll try to compare to these as I go along here. So after reading all the hype on here about Axioms and the fact that we get a great deal right now here in Canada on them. Having the luxury of being in Ottawa I thought I would go to see Mark H and pick up a pair of M3's! I was practically set on them, but brought my ASL's with me just in case, I wanted to make sure they pushed them nicely. The Adventure: Mark had a nice pair of M3's on stands all ready for me in a back listening room (in boston cherry), he also brought out a pair of M22's for me to compare at the same time. So we hooked up the ASL's popped in some Diana Krall and I had a seat to listen. First Impression: NICE! Hay these sound great, I'm almost sold already! So we switched to the M22's. Well not really much difference to write home about to be honest that I could tell. In comparison to my other speakers well they aren't in the same league as the 40's but are close to B&W 303's from what I could gather in the performance from the listening. Hi's Mid's excellent bass was present but not thunderous (hey it's a bookshelf right?). Compared to my Atoms well they were more detailed but I actually find the Atoms to be more bass heavy. To be honest I find the Atoms a tad boomy though, lacking mid almost totally (no offence to owners I hope!). So back to my adventures: Mark tells me he is going to get another pair of speakers for me to test out (Great!) So in brings in these black boxes... bah a boxy black speaker (hey is that a paradigm Mini Monitor?) NOPE! It's a Dahlquist QX6! So we took a listen. EEEGADS! What a difference! This speaker sounds great (I said to Mark). Mark explained to me to listen to the sound stage, so I did, yeah he's right it's more detailed than the axioms. So we switched back to check, sure is! But the second we switched back I noticed something even more evident. The axiom seemed shrill compared to the Dahlquist, the dahlquist provided a more melow sound (Great highs & mids) but not as shrill or high pitched as the axioms. I liked it! Mid's & High's: Ok I'd compare the QX6's High & mid-range to be equal to or surpassing the B&W 303's. The Studio 40's (which I haven't listen to as much yet) are hard to compare against but we are probably close to that realm of quality from this little speaker. Where's the beef? : Or where's the bass? It's a bookshelf they don't have bass right? WRONG! Compared to the Studio 40 It's CLOSE! To the 303's Well pack your bags B&W your not even in the door! The QX6 provides a unmuffled deep extension, both in the showroom and in my own home. We played both Diana Krall and Patricia Barber at the shop. When I got home I poped in Casandra Wilson which has some great bass passages. I also put in my trust hotel california cd. It is hard to describe in words, but the bass is almost thunderous! As Mark pointed out 2 previous customers didn't believe he wasn't hiding a sub-woofer, it is that great! It isn't muddy (like the Atoms)it is tight and hard hitting. You can feel the air movement in the room even in my 10 x 30' room with hardwood ( a rather alive room) the bass is incredible, I just have to figure out how to stop the fireplace from vibrating now! I will go as far as saying these speakers provide the same satisfying thud as my studio 40's! I'd have to re-evaluate for sure on that one, but it is really impressive. What else James? Well for fun we hooked up a pair of Axiom M80's! Ok they are out of my price range but I thought it would be fun to see what I was missing (bad mistake). The QX6 is great but not that great! It can't compete with a $2000 speaker. The M80 sounded fantastic. Enough fun, we reconnected the QX6, at first I was now disappointed but only 1 or 2 minutes later I was happy again they provide you with a HUGE soundstage and with pinpoint accuracy. The Verdict: Just so you know I was VERY skeptical, I really wanted to like the axioms here ,the price was great and they look nice, but the QX6 just blew me out of the water. I went back to the store (After a trip to listen to the Def Tech PM500 (nice sound but too pricy for what it gives you), and picked up the QX6 in black oak (available in light cherry). I actually brought my Girlfriend in at lunch and she liked the black more than the light cherry for our decor . Disclaimer: No Mark didn't pay me to write this, he didn't even offer me free stuff but I felt pretty damn strong about these speakers. I usually won't pay the first price I'm given either but these speakers are that good! I hope I didn't offend any owners of other speakers I mentioned! Thanks for listening.... eerr reading. EDIT: Specs on QX6 per the manual... 37Hz-20Khz 87db Sensitivity in free field 91db in average room Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms 10W-100W Bass Reflex Bookshelf 25mm Alloy Tweeter & 165mm Woofer 15Lbs 14.7"H x 7.87" W x 11.42"D another note, I think the specs are VERY accurate from my listeninga s far as extension goes!