Well after my wife nixed the norhs and divas based on looks I decided I needed to search for good traditional looking speakers. I have continued to be interested in the HTD Lvl3 speakers due to thier postive reviews and price. Since the HTD sub hasn't gotten as favorable reviews as the rest of the set and since I wouldn't be able to afford a new sub with the Paradigms I am thinking I will keep my current sub for now. My main question is of course how do the HTD Lvl 3 Fronts and Center compare to the Paradigm Monitor 9's and CC-370 sub? I am looking at almost twice the price for the Paradigms but if I'm only paying more because of the middle man then I would prefer to save my money and get the HTDs. If performance is noticeably better with the Paradigms I will pay the higher price. My main concern I think is with the Center speakers. With my current setup I often have trouble with the clarity/volume of the dialog compared to everything else going on. As inexpensive as the HTD center is I'm concerned about the clarity. I haven't seen any reviews on the HTD center. At audioreview.com the Paradigm center is rated very good.