Went to 4 different stores to audition (for musical speakers) the Energy Veritas v2.3, Paradigm Studio 100s, Monitor Audio 60 Gold, Mirage OM-5, and some B/W speaker and Polk LSI 15, today in Orlando FL. First was the Energy Veritas v2.3. In my opinion the v2.3 sound great. The room where they were playing was fairly small so I wonder how they would sound in a larger room. They were very clean, clear with nice base response and most of all sounded very balanced to me. The salesman said they were $2500/pair. Then off to hear the paradigm studio 100s, to my disappointment after reading so many great reviews on this sight, I thought they sounded terrrible!!! very forward and bright sounding, pretty much like garbage especially for the price tag of $2400/pair. So the salesman said to try the B/W wich had a lot larger price tag, somwhere between $6000 and $8000 and once again I couldnt belive how terrible they were!! Do people really pay this much for these crappy speakers? Anyways off to hear the mirage at sound advice. The OM-5 sounded terrific especially since it has 2 powered woofers built into it. The only bad thing was that sometimes it didnt sound very clear, maybe a little muddled kinda warm, instead of clean and clear, but still sounded very good also sometimes seem to have too much base, it carried a price tag of $1800 per speaker. Then they switched to the monitor audio gold 60, wow how much clearer it was than the mirage! It sounded really good, clean, clear, balanced, neutral, it is one of the best speakers that I have ever heard. The monitor audio gold 60 was $2000/per speaker. Also tried kilipsh reference(terrible!!). Then drove to go hear the polk lsi15 but the dang salesman couldnt hook it up(what a waste of time). Nice thing about sound advice as you have 30 day return so for mirage and monitor audio you can return them, the smaller store that carried the veritas would not let me return them. So I have a dilema, I think I like the veritas v2.3 the best especially for the money compared to the others. I would like to also hear the v2.4. But i think i will try the monitor audio for a month since I can return them. Any thoughts on any of these speakers?