Ok, I've been out of the Audio Scene for quite a while. I remember when Carver/NAD/Klipsh/Nakamichi and JBL were quite popular amongst audiophiles. I even had one of those Carver M400's. What is JBL's reputation currently? They seem to have a bunch of pretty low priced speakers out there and I know they used to be good. I'm not too familiar with the "designer" brands out there. Back in the day "Polk" was decent, but considered to be one of those brands who colored their speakers a little too much for the purist who preferred the Klipsch flat response to an audio source. Bose was always considered more or less Junk in my circles. More of a marketing ploy than anything of real value. Oh, and Advent was considered an up and comer also and they seem to have dropped right off the charts! Can someone catch me up a bit?