Right now, I have the old Carver 5.1 set of speakers. I find them harsh (not bright, harsh) and unpleasant at low volumes and unsatisfying at high volumes. I tweaked the response of the center channel with the EQ in my receiver/preamp, but I am still not overly fond of the intelligibility of dialogue with this system. I have a pair of B&W Matrix 802s which I love, at any volume. They have a nice warm sound AND super precise imaging. I have already posted re: finding a matching speaker, and I have a strategy, but for various and sundry reasons do not want to spend the $$$ at this immediate juncture. Here are the options for now, since those B&Ws are really starting to look good: 1) Continue using the Carver 5.1s 2) Put the B&Ws as a stereo pair (front left/right) with the Carver center and do my best with the 5-band center channel EQ to get a match. 3) Use the B&Ws as as stereo pair, take out the center, and set the receiver/preamp to Phantom Center. (for now, I don't really care about matching the rears to the fronts) The system is used 95% ht/5% music, and the electronics are a Yamaha RX-V800 used as a preamp to drive a Carver AV-505 (85 wpc x5) power amp. Thanks!