A friend who is looking for some new speakers and I spent 2 1/2 hrs auditioning today, and I was surprised to find they had the Signatures in. I heard just the small bookshelf guys, equivalent of 20s. The first thing that is most striking about them are the cabinets. These things look very nice. I didn't even know the shop had them until I asked when the Signatures would be in, and the guy said "They're already here..." He brought them in and I was impressed. Definitely the best speakers I have ever heard from Paradigm. A bit steep in price, but not unreasonable for their performance. They were very noticably superior to the v3 20s we compared them to. The tweeters sound similar (on the bright side), but the midrange is clearer and there is greater depth with the Signatures. The Sigs have a warm, full, very pleasant sound. My hat is off to Paradigm. Not to knock them, because we both feel they are very good speakers, but my friend did not end up buying them and I agreed without question, to what he chose instead - a different Signature, the Joseph Audio RM7si Signature Mk2. A simply stunning bookshelf that I have to say is easily among the best I've ever heard. Flawless reproduction, clarity, simply nothing that I could point out as a design compromise or deficiency. Amazing bass extension without a hint of boominess. Crisp clear highs without anything that should not be there. I was very impressed to say the least, in fact I plan to go back and listen to them again in the listening room they are normally in (which was occupied at the time). My friend's are on order, and won't be here for a while. Gear: Arcam CD73, A80, Synergistic Research active interconnect (not sure which), Transparent Cable Wave speaker cables.