Ok, as I mentioned in an earlier post I am upgrading my Energy Take 5's. I wanted to jump up to the Ex:L series, most likely the 16's and Ex:l-C. My local Energy dealer went under earlier this year, so I went for a drive today to the next nearest Energy dealer to find out they stopped carrying them!! It's very high-end shop and the salesmans reason was that Mission had speakers that out-performed the Energy 5.2 and EX:L lineup for the same or less money. In the end 8 out of 10 customers would buy the competing Mission's! So I asked him what he'd suggest instead of the Ex:l 16's and he pointed me towards the Mission M71's and matching center. A good deal less cash while outperforming the 16's! $300/pr and $199 for the center, Canadian prices. They're also very nice looking speakers, with the exception of the center, which looks as cheap as it is. So I didn't get to compare them to the Energy's. Although he mentioned the Ex:l's to be too bright. I do think I'll be going with these, that's two salesman I've had lead me away from the Energy's. I trust this shop, and they gave up Energy's line-up willingly, saying that the Take 5.2's not being able to stand next to Mission's competing model was the beginning of the end for Energy at their shop.