apologizes for the length of this post, but some background first; i originally decided to upgrade my speakers a year ago this month. i began reading and rereading HT magazine articles till i could almost quote them verbatim. i was originally set on paradigms. they were the first (and till that time- only) 'good' speakers i had heard and they seemed to get enough respect in the press and from users. wasn't sure about the models i wanted or needed, but i had my mind made up this was the brand i would go with. in Nov. of '01 i went to a dealer with cash in my pocket, but just couldn't lay down the money. they still sounded good, but was the difference enough to warrent $1k+ replacing my HTIB speakers? at that time, i didn't feel it was. thankfully, not rushing into this gave me the time to read up on things and investigate other options. i finally started hitting things hard in July, when several musicals i had been anticipating on dvd finally appeared and i knew the experiece was being marred by my now inadequete gear. i listened to a dozen different brands that all were at least good to some that i really loved, and one brand in aprticular that i was sure i was going to end up with. well, my system is finally complete, with speakers i never would have thought i would have liked and a reciever i hadn't anticipated needing & whose brand i hadn't heard of before this past Aug. was it worth it? after i was finished setting everything up, i popped in a few movies (without my projector connected) and just listend to snatches of the soundtracks. it was during a scene in ALIEN that i audiblly squealed in delight. during the scene after they awake and are getting the ship up to speed and checking their location, i clearly heard Veronica Cartrights character say, more like whisper under her breath, "i don't believe this". i don't remember ever hearing that line as clear, precise and as audible as i heard it today. it must have been there before, but all i can remember is her whispering or mumbling indistictly. i have heard this soundtrack dozens and dozens of times (before VCRs i taped the films audio soundtrack on a cassette recorder from an HBO broadcast and listened to it many times in those prehistoric days). the line has always been there, i'm sure, but today, it struck me as startlingly new and blatant akin to as if they had inserted an extra music cue. hearing things you've never heard before in favorite movies you seen a hundred times? yeah, it was worth it!