I replaced my 8 year old Technics speakers today. The difference in sound clarity is amazing. I've only been listening to music so far. Pop in a cd and it sounds like the singer is in your living room. Very bright and nice sounding. The bass is even pretty good although I do have an SVS 25-31pci on order. I started cranking it and a large picture that is framed above my fireplace came down. These speakers are also very heavy. I used to have a problem with my cats running and jumping on my old speakers and causing them to tip over against the wall. Not gonna happen to these bad boys. Right now I have a Klipsch KSCC1 center channel and 2 quintets for rears that I got cheap on Ubid a few months ago as the rest of my home theater setup. I hope to upgrade to the rest of the reference series when my wallet permits. I am running everything on a Yamaha HTR-5490 reciever. Anyways, I just want to say these are some great speakers and that this is a cool forum. A ton of useful information here.