I have had these speakers for just over a year. I still have all original packaging and I am very careful with my equipment. They were primarily in a surround speaker role. and are in mint condition. The reason why I am selling them is that I have purchased a new set of C9 Towers and the C5 Towers I initially had up front are now the rears. I was going to initially use them as rear centers but are too big and I will purchase the XL150 Bookshelf speakers instead. They retail for 499.99 but will let them go for 350. Would prefer local pickup. Thanks guys By the way they are black.