I'm wondering if there is any speakers that are better than the Atoms for less than $180/pr. I find the Atoms to have nice range for their size and price. I would prefer something the size of the Atoms and would be using it as mains for 17 x 12 room and driven by the Pioneer VSX-1014TX. Listening preference is about 55% HT/45% music. I've listened to the Athena AS-B1's and prefer the Atoms so far. I have also listened to the JBL Northridge E20 and E30 which should fall into this price range too and they are a pretty good bang for the buck as well, but I am still not sure if they sound as good as the Atoms to my ears as I can't do an A/B test on them. I plan to get a 5.1 set-up, so a sub will fill in for anything below 80Hz.