Im replacing my fronts and centers, and based on the recomendations here Ive gone out and listened to various makes and models. I originally was set on the Klipsch RF/RC35s, but after listening to them twice Ive eliminated them. I don't really know what "bright sounding" means as they are often described, but thats not the word I would use to describe my reaction... to me they just didnt sound "right." If anything, the highs sounded dull and inprecise, maybe "muddy". But that doesnt seem to be the reaction everybody else has... Anyway, they're off the list. As is the B&W 603- I didnt like it as much as the paradigms. Ive listened to the Paradigm Monitor 7 and 9s and I like the 9 better, just sounded a little stronger in the bass. So Im down to the Monitor 9 and cc370. Except others have suggested the Axiom M60ti and VP150. Plus, they are slightly cheaper. Problem is, I cant find anybody who sell these atound me so I can HEAR them, and I live in L.A.!!! What should I do? Should I bother? How do the Axioms 2, 6 inch and 1, 5 inch drivers compare to the Monitor 9s 2, 8 inch drivers? Would I be comparing apples to oranges? Would I have to go woth the 80Ti to be in the same ballpark as the Paradigm 9s? Any help is appreciated.