Hello, I have a bit of a dilemma. I like both of these speakers but have been offered the Stratus Minis used for $675.00 shipped with the matching stands - the msrp on these speakers are $1,100.00 and the stands are $220.00. I have been offered the Studio 40's used in black laminate for $850.00 shipped with the J50 stands - the msrp on the 40's are $900.00. It seems that I am getting the better deal on the PSB's and have been told that they are slightly better for music listening than the 40's, hence the slight price difference. The online Stereophile review for the minis was quite outstanding. I don't like the fact that the Minis are NOT shielded, but the Paradigms I believe are. I have to decide within the next few days, so would please like opinions from those who have heard/auditioned both. I am stepping up from JBL N26's so I don't think I'll lose out whichever one I decide to go with! Reg btw, I am using a Denon 3803, Denon DVD-1600 (soon to be replaced with the 2900), and a Sony SCD-C222es changer.