Here's my experience so far in my search for the right speakers for me... I started off on a big home theater quest about a little over a month back. Compared Aperions, Axioms and Ascends and found Axioms better than Aperions, Ascends better than Axioms. But I still wasn't satisfied as the lower-mid and mid-mid base that I was looking for was still missing in these speakers. And the Ascend's 340 with the matching stands were as big as tower speakers, so I thought why not try floorstanding speakers! I went to CC and checked out some floorstanding speakers, nothing very impressive. And then I went to Tweeters and checked out the new line of speakers from Boston Acoustics, which are much less expensive than their high-end VR-M series. Found them very impressive and brought home a VR-1. And holy smokes, what a DIFFERENCE! These VR-1's were so MUCH better (much more low-mid and mid-mid base, the vocals are so much better, even the high freq is better, so much more dispersion, warm and rich) that all the bookshelf speakers I had, sounded so unbelievably thin in comparison! I mean, I did know the floorstanding speakers generally sound warmer compared to bookshelves, but never had I expected so much difference, especially in this price range ($600 list). (In fact, the VR01 works out cheaper for me if I consider say the Ascend's 340 plus the stands) So, I've sent all the bookshelf speakers back and bought the VR-1's. (As irony would have it, I got speakers shipped to me from Calif, Canada, ... and bought speakers made by a company that is 20 miles drive from where I live!) BTW, in my quest I also got Odyssey's Epiphony speakers (I had already ordered them but got them after I bought the VR-1's). The Ephiphony's were the best for lower,mid-mid base of all the bookshelf speakers that I compared, but the Epiphonies are much more power hungry and I had to crank the level really high to get decent amount of volume from these. But even these Epiphonies sounded so undoubtedly thin in comparison to my VR-1's. So, I've finished my quest for my fronts (I've no time or inclination to compare floorstanding speakers now, but from the floorstanding speakers I've heard in stores so far, I've convinced myself that I won't get a better deal for this price.) I've also bought my center speakers from BA, the VR-C model. This speaker is also very good and a good match for my fronts. My surrounds are Axioms QS-8's, they are great. So on to the final missing piece, I will start looking for my SUB ... Thanks for all the help I got from this forum, especially from people like Curtis. Hope to get more info from you guys on my SUB soon, will be back with questions on that.