I've never been exposed to high end speakers before but since becoming very interested in home audio I decided to make it a point to hear some really expensive speakers. Because of my interest in electrostatic speaker technology I decided to listen to some Martin Logans. I was able to hear a home theater setup with the more expensive sub they make, Odysseys in the front, theater i center, and I'm not sure what kind in the rear (4 feet tall martin logans, hung on the wall whatever that would be). Also I heard some Floyd on the Ascent i's. I was really impressed by the sound of these speakers, it was incredible how clear everything was. I now know what people mean now when they write that highs sound "transparent", and hearing that the speakers aren't struggling at all in any frequency ranges. Also the Ascent i's sounded like they were all around me, I actually checked some other speakers behind me to make sure they weren't on. I asked the guy if the CD was encoded with Q sound and he said it was not. Anyway it was a really cool experience, I enjoyed it, and thought I'd share.