I stopped by one of very few stores in Sac that carries NHT in hopes of getting some cheap surrounds to go with 2.5i's. I should have known since i've had bad experiences with these guys again. For my efforts to support the local businesses, this is what I get. 1) Being completely ignored until I started fiddling with some of the expensive gear...that got their attention fast. 2) Basically had my equipment laughed at..."Newcastle? Well, if you want to drive your NHT's with Japanese electronics that's your choice. But here we only run American and British amps. Japanese amps are only good for Japanese speakers." BTW, isn't Sherwood Newcastle designed in the US, built in Korea. And isn't Marantz USA actually a Japanese company...I ask, because I was fiddling around with a Marantz receiver when the salesman came buy. 3) Complete refusal to sell me a pair of SuperZeros (which are discontinued). They said they only sell them as part of 5.1 systems. 4) Having another "audiophile" customer tell me I should just go to circuit city since they have harman kardon receivers and that would be the level of speakers I want (I intend to use a HK as a pre/pro for me system). 5) Was told I couldn't bring my NHT 2.5 in if I had any warranty issue, even though I bought it from an authorized dealer and they were an authorized service center. This one I didnt' really care about...and it might be normal store policy to only service their own stuff...but I thought it was odd. So, I left speechless and without speakers. And let me state I was very well dressed and completely ready to purchase the speakers at MSRP as my HK just arrived today. Maybe age had somethign to do with it (I'm only 26)...but it shouldn't in my mind. BTW...sometimes the audiophile community seems so elitist. Instead of encouraging others to join in the fun, they sometimes seem like they try to keep others in the dark so they can maintain their perceived superiority. It's only human nature I guess.