I finally got in my 340 L/R's in and I've been listening and comparing them with the Axiom M22ti's for the past 2 days. It's been an interesting experience so far. My first impressions were 'Hmmm.... it does sound slightly better' and since then it's been growing on me big time! And now it sounds significantly better for no matter what type of music I listen to, easy listening, rock, even classical. I say significantly because now I know what kind of difference there is and now I "look" for that difference. I can now understand what is meant by a more 'natural reproduction of music' and a better dispersion. Cymbals to bells, and the different types of drums seem to sound more real life. The vocals seem to sound more natural too. When I set the A/B setting to Axioms and listen to them for a while, they do sound pretty good and when I switch to Ascends is when the difference hits me. And then I switch back to Axioms and within a few minutes of listening to them they sound pretty good again! It just shows that the Axioms are pretty darn good speakers, but the Ascends still manage to sound better than the Axioms. One thing is, I don't know if comparing M22Ti's to 340's is apples to apples, maybe a comparison to 170 is fairer. Having said all that, as part of the 'growing on me' I also sense that the speaker seems to sound increasingly forward sounding to me. So, I'm getting a faint doubt if this speaker is going to be a little too forward sounding to my taste eventually, and result in fatiguing. In comparison, I guess the 170 will sound less forward and more laid back. But I wonder if that would mean the 170's will sound less 'natural' and less dispersed too. And I know there's only one way to find out ... but for now I'm going to continue to listen to the 340's. And get to know them better. Ganesh.