I've long been considering replacing my Mirage OM-6/C2/R2 speaker set... the reasons are many, including the never-ending 'upgrade' bug, and the fact that they are physically too large for my room. My problem is I haven't heard any speakers, regardless of price, that have made me want to change my speakers. I've also become frustrated and the fun in my favourite hobby has been waning. It's been a pain in the @$$ to find new speakers! Due to room size issues, I have decided to go with a stand-mounted front speaker. For a sub, I have already decided on a REL Strata III, so the sub will not be part of the experiment. I'm calling this an experiment for the following reason. Everything I have heard, regardless of price, has involved some sort of compromise. Nothing has sounded 'perfect' to my ears. So I've decided to forget all I know, or all I think I know, and start from scratch, auditioning speakers as if I were brand new to this. A secondary component to the experiment is that I want to see if I can get satisfying sound for cheap. My mission is to find out just how little money I can spend and still be satisfied with the sound. Now, my experiment may fail. I may not find a speaker I like, or I may determine that I cannot afford the speaker I like... although I have no set budget going into this. The experiment will be limited to speakers I can audition and/or borrow locally. My short-list so far includes (can you tell I'm Canadian?) Paradigm Atom PSB Alpha B Axiom M22Ti SE I may add other speakers like the B&W DM303, Boston VR-M50, Energy Veritas 2.1, Paradigm Mini, etc. to the list, but I'm going to start there. If you have any suggestions, like speakers you think I should try, or whatever, feel free to speak up. Keep in mind that this will hardly be scientific... it's all about the fun.