I recently picked up the newly released JBL NSP1-II speaker set (replacement for last years NSP1) based on the good reviews they've been getting. Well after getting extremely anxious waiting a week, they finally arrived today. Upon first inspection these speakers looked pretty nice. I really liked the sleek finish on them, although they do have a cheap feel to them; especially the plastic cabinets. My Infinity HPS-1.5's bookshelves (now discontinued) that I picked up for about $60 less than year ago, are much nicer looking with better construction in comparison. I was surprised at the size of the N-CenterII compared to it's relative light weight. My Infinity CC-1 center is half the size yet about the same weight. Now obviously weight isn't an accurate indication of quality, but it sure does give me comfort! Of course it's the sound that really counts, so lets move on to the tests I unpacked everything and immediately began to hook them up to my Harman Kardon AVR-220 receiver. I popped in the nirvana nevermind CD in my HK DVD-5 player... and what did I hear you ask? Well, quite honestly I was a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the speakers sound pretty decent, they just didn't meet my expectations. The N24IIs sounded a bit dull and flat compared to my Infinities, which I confirmed by hooking up my Infinity to the right channel and a JBL to the left. The HPS-1.5s simply sounded richer, fuller and deeper; granted it has a larger woofer, but that still does not account for it's better overall sound quality. I remember someone noting that the JBLs go surprising low for such tiny speakers and that you may even get away w/o a sub. I disagree. I'd say they drop off at about 80hz, so you definitely need a subwoofer to go along with these speakers. Now the N-CenterII was a different story. It actually had slightly more detail and went deeper than my Infinity CC-1... than again the JBL also has larger woofers. The sound still seemed a little on the dull side and left something to be desired. I guess for a more fair comparison I will have to wait for these speakers to break it. I'm hoping the sound will open up more... so far I'm not overly impressed, but I'd have to say that these speakers are decent. I mean the speakers sound okay, but once again I fall victim to hyped up audio equipment. It reminds me of the Klipsch Promedias that everyone and their brother was raving about. When I actually got to hear them, I certainly was not blown away like I thought I would be. I guess my expectations were set too high considering people would swear their lifes to the amazing value and quality of these speakers. Perhaps my Infinities are a lot better than I originally gave credit too, making the JBL's seem a bit pale in comparison. Who knows? We shall wait and see... perhaps time will work wonders on these speakers!