They arrived at noon today, double boxed, with a lot of tape. It took me about 5 minutes to get them unpacked. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with their appearance. A little cheap looking, kind of like the "furniture" you'd buy at Walmart. They don't look terrible, by any means, I was just expecting a little more, but considering I only paid $260 for 5 speakers, maybe I was expecting a little too much. Besides the finish, these speakers look surprisingly solid, and very heavy, the floorstanders anyway. Without the grills, they're pretty decent looking speakers. I had them delievered to my mom in law's house, since I'm here during the day taking care of my sister in law's kid, so I had to pack them up in the car, and drive a block to my own apartment. It took me about 10 minutes to set them up, and get them placed right. I have the fronts 33 inches from my TV, and a foot away from the wall. I placed the surrounds on cheapie stands from Walmart, had to attach them using the keyhole mount, and then I set the center speaker on top of the TV. I made sure everything was connected properly, made sure the settings were correct on the receiver(small for all the speakers) with all the bass going to the sub. I popped in my trusty "Fellowship of the Ring" Extended Version DVD and watched the first 10 minutes, and I was quite surprised. More like blown away, really. These speakers sounded excellent, especially the center. Dialogue was much clearer, and there was more detail in the sound, compared to my Polk CS245i center, which was more expensive, by the way, and a lot bigger. Surround effects were really convincing, and the sound was a LOT bigger than the crap KLH speakers I was using(I know, I know. They were mine, but I sold them to my sister in law a long time ago, and she let me borrow them to use as surrounds until I got the Fluance's). Now keep in mind, I still have 5 hours to go before they're properly broken in, and I was listening to them at low-medium volume levels. After 5 hours, I'm going to watch "Fellowship" in its entirety, as well as "Attack of the Clones", and maybe "Signs". I'll let everyone know how it turns out. Take care.