Like many here, I have done exhaustive research for myself and friends to assist in making speaker purchases...but one thing has started to bug me, and I thought it might make for an interesting forum discussion: When it comes to mid-hi priced speakers, I have never seen a truly negative speaker review in a professional publication! I've read things like, "not as smooth sounding as a few others in its price range", "I found the highs a bit harsh, requiring some work with the treble setting," and "68/100" but never anything really, truly negative. Can they all be that good? I've seen reviews for other consumer products where they totally lambaste the manufacturer for poor decisions, but I've never seen it with speakers...have you? Am I the only one here who would get a kick out of a review that inverted the clichéd "performing as well as speakers ten times its price" with "At $8,000 per pair, these speakers sound as good as the $800 Brand Xs on my bookshelf. If you really have $8,000 burning a hole in your pocket, buy the Brand Xs, and buy your wife something from Tiffany's--at the end of the day, you'll be more satisfied that your money was well spent." ...just curious, Derek Note: For the above, I consider mid-hi priced to be Paradigm Monitor, Psb Image, Klipsch RIII, etc. and above.