Man, what a disappointment! I just upgraded from the Energy Take 5.2's to the Paradigm Atoms. Having auditioned their Mini Monitors and Studio 20's so I expected at least fidelity and clarity. I know they are not in the same class but given the overwhelmingly positive reviews...I thought it would be a safe bet and a good upgrade. After three days of critical listening using same receiver (Yammy rx-v620 soon to be a 1600) and placement, these are my biggest issues: (I only listened to songs I knew extremely well) -Its as though they had been designed to play guitars (specially rock) at a lower volume and with the treble at 1. It's weird because half of the songs sounded fine, but on the other half I was like "where the hell did the guitar go?". -Backup vocals on some songs sounded faint and hard to make out. -Bass is a little boomy but it's great improvement over the Energy's. That being said, the Atoms have a great soundstage and definition is really impressive on certrain types of music. Overall, my initial impressions are " inconsist and a tad laid back." I wasn't blown away in the way I was when I upgraded from my old JBL NSP1 system (N24 front and rears) to the Take 5.2's. So, I think I'll have to return these but my options are limited due to height (10.75" max) restrictions so i'm looking at the NHT SB1 and Monitor Audio Bronze B1's. Anyone have any suggestions? Opinions? Please fire away!