I had a chance to audition this new series by listening to the 260 floor standing model in stereo and then with the center channel in a 5.1 theater. AMAZING! The stereo was like listening to a concert hall mode on a reciever but in normal stereo. The sound stage was great even from a side angle I had a very hard time narrowing in on the sound location. I was worried about them in home theater asspects but they did great directional sounds in the chase scene on AOTC. I am looking at getting the next step down 250 floor towers (due to a sub making up the bass difference) and was wondering if anyone else had any opinions on these.