What sometimes slightly irritates me about some "audiophiles" is that they seem to shred certain speaker manufacturers while recommending their own loudspeakers (or some brands they have enjoyed in the past). I have taken issue with some of them when making these "types" of comments...and I am given a reply somewhere along the lines that this is only "MY opinion". Ok sure this is an opinion...but is it really helpful to give an opinion shredding certain manufacturers when often these "snobbish" audiophiles have only briefly listened--almost never in a "proper" setup and almost never trying different synergistic combinations of amps/cables/cdplayer--to the speakers they are shredding...assuming that they have even listened to the models at all (actually some of these people make generalizations about an entire lineup of speakers based on one or two speakers that they have heard from the manufacturer). I have noticed some of the "shredding" from people who have decided to buy direct. I have seen comments such as "hands down outperforms", "beats the pants off", etc. Other times I have noticed the shredding when someone chooses one speaker over another. Basically what I am trying to say is that some people should be a little more thoughtful before putting down other products and claiming superiority of another product (NOTE: this probably does not apply to BOSE products!).