Well, I have asked on this forum and received a lot of good feedback, but the only way to really find out for sure... I just got my PSB Image 1B pair today. I have been running JBL N26 for about 2 weeks now. The JBL's came from BB and the PSB's online...since both cost almost exactly the same, I think I am definitely comparing apples to apples. Now I realize that comparing speakers is an extremely subjective subject, so this is just my opinion. First, unpacking the PSB's I noticed that they are a much better looking speaker. Even though they use wood veneer, it gives a much more expesnive look than the plastic JBLs. Both have solid cable posts. The PSB's have a much smaller footprint. They are narrower and about the same height. Connecting and A/B them: The N26's have a larger driver, so they do go a little lower. But I'm not sure that's necessarily a better thing. Since I am running a sub, I think I prefer the clarity of the Image 1B's. Both do nicely in the higher end, but the PSB's have a noticably clearer mid range. My intial comparison was running 2 channel stereo listening to several CD's I am very familiar with. The Image 1B's just seem to Image better and have a much cleaner and musical sound. They are also quite a bit more efficient and reach "louder" volumes at the same setting on the reciever. When I played several DVD's including Saving Private Ryan and the Matrix, I really saw the PSB's shine. Dialog is much better than on the JBL's and they truly image better in this capacity. I have to admit that I was quite surprised by my findings. I had expected results like this if I was comparing the similar sized driver Image 2B to the N26, but not the smaller 1B. I am very pleasantly surprised to hear that they sound so good. Again, I know that speaker auditioning is a very personal thing, but I have seen the question asked, and thought I would give my personal testimony for the Canadian made PSB speakers. I think that they are highly under rated and a lot of people would benefit by including them in their auditon list. I also got a great deal on them, and they were deliverd quickly and cheaply, so if you email off the list I will let you know where.