Wen't down to the local HT shop in town, they carry the full range of Paradigm and anthem, and limited ranges of Bryston and Kef (particularly the Q series) This is how it went... First up was the Paradigm Studio 60's running off a Anthem pre-amp and amplifier, first disc was "incubus" - "morning view"...first song was "nice to know you". I chose this disc to start simply for the enhanced sound affects the disc attributes. Everything was going nicely, "however" I was not blown away, The midrange on this song sound "hollow" and the tweet sounded bright, nothing fatiguing, just bright. I changed to song to track "warning", sounded a little better, but I was still not "surprised" at the sound the 60's attributed, sure they sounded good, but I was a little dissaponted, AT FIRST. Moving along I switched to the Studio 20's, now keep in mind these are both run off the exact same amp and in the exact same room (side by side) I played the exact same songs for comparision...same deal except the 60's attributes a wider range of dynamics, the the soundtage was a little broader. naturally the 60's had lower bass extension, but I never listened at this point long enough to come that conclusion. So enough with this disc, so I threw in some Metalica "black albulm" and started it off with strack #1 "enter sandman" Boy, this is where the 60's literally BLEW me away, low end was VERY VERY "controlled" sound was FULL, kickdrums were low, overall the sound was not muddy nor did it sound hollow. It was a tad bright on the top end still, but this can be flucuated through the use of a different amp? or possibly an EQ. Again we changed over to the 20's, definitly not as full and dynamic as the 60's (but what do you expect?) it has good low end for a bookshelf, but it didn't sound as controlled in the midbass as the 60's and you could tell it distressed faster, but paired up with a nice sub there winners in my book. So by now I have come to the conclusion that I HAD to have the 60's...then there were sitting the Kef Q3 series towers...He had them hooked up to a bryston amp so I really had a hard time comparing...however they did sound good, I threw in a little bit of everything, sinatra, metallica, incubus, Linkin Park. They sounded terrific, very very VERY wide soundstage, but I'm curious if this had to do more with the very expensive amp or the speakers. They were pretty bright sounding, a little brighter then the Studios...and the cabinet resonated a little. There was also a slight coloration in the music. So here is my questions... 1) Could the Bryston be attributing the the Kefs so much to make them sound "better" then they really are? What I mean by this is, if the Q3's were hooked up to the same amp and the Studios, would they still sound the same? 2) I found that the Studio's were nothing special with Incubus as the chosen music...whats up with this? honestly, everything else sounded amazing. 3) I really don't care for the Anthem's amps/pre-amps, besides, I rather not pay $4000 for a 5.1 pre-amp. So I am more then likely going with Rotel. However my question is, were these pre-amp-amp's a bad choice for demoing the paradigms? 4) How many people prefer the Q3's over the Studio 60's? Thanks!