Background: My original setup was a JBL N-series setup 2 ND310's N-centre and N24 rears. I then moved to a setup of B&W 303's, I didn't really notice much difference in sound quailty although it seemed a little cleaner. So almost exactly 1 year from the first setup I upgraded to 4 Studio 40's and CC centre. Last night Ihooked up my left/right and centre placed on the floor (with the centre on 2 boxes) so I could try them out. No sub No surrounds, I popped in The Fifth Element afer setting my speakers to large and setting my amplifier to all 0 levels (Ie I didn't even get the SPL meter out to properly calibrate). And my results? I was BLOWN away! I NEVER EVER heard anything like this. The Studio 40's play VERY smooth, there are sounds I never heard before during the movie and the bass was incredible (no sub). I mean my sub will help but it was amazing. There was pin-point accuracy as well as MUCH ambient sound (almost feel as though surround aren't even needed!) I noticed things in the movie I hadn't noticed before because of SLIGHT audio cues which I never could hear. In the 3rd scene where Bruce wakes up and walks around his room I could here him walking from behind me to the front! With 2 speakers! Many claim the paradigms are bright, but I found them A LOT less harsh than both the B&W 303's and the JBL setups. The voices were smooth and more defined. I just wanted to test for a second and ended up watching for 40 minutes instead of doing other things I should have been, I was hooked! And to think I just took them out of the box and they aren't even broken in yet! To be honest I bought them because I got a great deal! I knew they sounded awesome for music I had auditioned them about 6months ago and hadn't heard them since then. I was a little skeptical they would be much better for a movie sound track. But WOW. If your thinking of these speakers, don't think just buy! I LOVE the way they look with the grills off to (yes I know they are designed to have them on).