Back in the 80's, or at least that's when I remember it, when you went to buy a new car, eventually you went into an office to finalize the purchase. After congratulating you on your fine puchase and investment, even if everyone knew that you just bought a pig, you eventually got the hard sell on undercoating your car. Undercoating was supposed to protect you by protecting your car from rust that could start from underneath. There were all different options at all different price points. The way the dealer would see it, they were all good values, so long as you bought one. As Consumer Reports noted repeatedly, it was a bad deal though. There were a ton of loopholes all of which would void your warranty. Also the undercoating added signficant weight to your car and improperly applied, as it often was, sealed drainage holes which would accelerate the deterioration of your car. It was a good deal for the dealer and whomever applied it. The salesman would get his cut, so would the manager, so would the dealership, and so would whomever applied it. Profit all around and sadly no value to the consumer. I'd like to pick on two speaker manufacturers for what I consider to be the equivalent of undercoating - the parting of your money for something that provides nothing of value. In each case, the justifications provided by manufacturers and their willing accomplices, the 'reviewers', sound good but are based on nebulous and wishful thinking. Understand, I am making no comment on the quality of the speaker. If you bought them, like them, this is no chop on your choice. These are simply my comments regarding the sales practice. My purpose is to inform and hopefully you'll keep a little more of your hard earned money in your pocket. I just kind of figure if you're going to a Gentelemen's Establishment, you're better off holding the money and deciding how much the dancer gets instead of the dancer deciding how much, if any, you'll get back. Value and all that Totem Totem puts out a product called Beaks. You can see them at http://www.totemacoustic.com/english...ccessories.pdf and they're sold in pairs for something like $100 or so. They're supposed to reduce resonances and make other remarkable improvements. From some review on the web, they recommend you use at least two per speaker. Now you don't have to own Totems to buy these because they'll confer similar benefits to any speakers you own. I've got a tough time thinking that Totem's speakers are so poorly designed that they vibrate that much. I'd imagine they'll have the same effect as you putting something else on the speaker. Maybe a good sized bonsai might be nicer. Maybe dueling religious icons like in Southpark. Maybe just sit your fat-assed sister-in-laws on them and really dampen the vibrations. I did send Totem two emails from two different addresses. One asked for further clarification including measurements on the Beaks. The other asked for places I could listen to the Totems and reviews. I'm waiting over 2 weeks for the first email. The other was responded to promptly. Maybe not a terrible amount of money in some eyes. For 5 speakers you're looking at spending $500 and if you're of the mindset, the more the merrier, you might be dropping $1000 or so. I think there's better ways of spending your money. VMPS A lot of people like VMPS. Me, I don't like the way they dangle the high priced, do nothing for you, upgrades that put speakers into a different tax bracket. Specifically I'm talking about their wishful thinking silver wire and capacitor upgrades. The soundcoat is also a little speculative too. If we look at this particular model, the 626R VMPS 626R loudspeaker Retail: $4150 pair (as reviewed) Base model: $799 each FST ribbon tweeters: $200 each Cabinet upgrade (ebony, rosewood, diamond black lacquer): $200 each TRT caps: $1200/pair Soundcoat: $150/pair Silver wire: $400/pair we can see that the capacitor and silver wire upgrades doubled the price of the speaker. Now if you're looking to drop around $3200 on a pair of speakers, then go out and audition $3200 speakers. By all means compare them to the $1600 VMPS (okay, $1800 with the FST tweeter). Maybe they're as good as or better than the more expensive ones. But for god's sake, is money that worthless? There's got to be something else you can do with the $1600 you saved. Room treatments, calibration software and a mic? There are other speaker vendors that I also think play too loose with people's money. Tannoy and their gold plated, tricked out super tweeter that can reproduce sounds that don't even exist on the medium you're playing. Maybe you know of some others. For me though, these two represent both the low and high ends of wishful thinking. I poop on their sales practice. So should everyone.