The SX-htb is finally here! I was quite terrifed looking at the condition of the larger box. It had several large gouges which broke through both layers of boxes, and I could feel bare speakers through the holes The UPS guy just shook his head and offered his sympathy. After an agonizing 5 minutes of opening the boxes, I was shooked to find that all was well. No chips, scratches, or pushed in tweeter domes. Whooo, what a releif. The shipment was from Canada all the way to Florida, and I had been having bad visions of UPS workers kicking my speakers all week long! I'm glad thats all over. As to the speakers, I'm afraid I too had the same passe reaction as others have . WOW! These things look terrific! I was a little concerned that they would not look as well made as the pics, but they really do look even better. Like nothing you would see at best buy, but rather more like the phase tech pc line or maybe axioms. I don't want to go overboard here, but I'm looking at the mains right now and wow! Warning... the color is nothing like the pics. They are NOT blonde, but rather a honey color, which is a dead on match to my computer room furniture. Later today I'll hook them up and hope the sound quality matches what I'm seeing. Here's one samll gripe although the 4" drivers in the center are poly coated as specified, the drivers in the surrounds are NOT coated. I wonder if they ran out of the poly drivers?. Can any owners comment on this issue. I'm not to concerned about this at the moment as I'm just thrilled that they didn't arrive smashed.