I have a friend, who bought Energy Connoisseur speakers. The C-9s to be more precise. He actually bought the C-7, but I told him to go with the C-9s (since he wanted to stick with the Energy brand) instead, and he did. He has just started building his home-theater system for the very first time ever. Did he make a good choice? I'm not too sure, as I can honestly say that I had never heard of "Energy" brand speakers until he bought them. Talking to him prior to his purchase, I had told him to audition "Infinity" since I love their laid back feel, which doesn't give me a headache like Klipsh speakers do. Later he called me that he had already bought the Engery C-7s, and the first thing I said was, "What's that?" Has anyone else had any experience with this brand, and namely the C-9 speakers, which he just upgraded to, today? What do you guys think about them? He paid $600 for the pair ($300 each). Are there better speakers out there for this kind of price? I'm of course talking about tower speakers, as he doesn't want any kind of bookshelf speakers. He chose tower speakers, because of their ability to play low frequencies. Right now, he does NOT have a subwoofer of any kind. Of course, I'm going to make sure he gets an SVS, but for now, he wants tower speakers for each of the 7 channels. Are there speakers out there (for around the same price) that have better bass response than these?