Its really down to the following Ascend Acoustics with the new center channel Athena with the fronts being the AS-F1 and the smaller bookshelf models for surrounds and the Center to go along and finnaly Paradigm Mini Monitors for fronts and surrounds then the comperable center channel... A sub will be added soon, as I already have an older one. I really need to adition all of these but for now can anyone tell me any real standout points between these three speakers. I really dont know alot about the Athena but I did see their line in Best buy the other night and they really blew the sonys away that were sitting right next to them. I really laughed out loud at the Difference. I will probablly listening to about 80% movies 20% music. Any input would be really appriciated.