I asked this coz when my non-audiophile friends saw electrostats such as MartinLogans or planar-magnetics such as Magnepan for the first time, they just couldn't believe they were actually speakers. To quote one instance (seeing a "static" -- i.e., not connected -- display of Magnepan 1.6QR): "So those are the sound-proofing stuff you used to talk about, right?" And another (friend's wife upon seeing the MartinLogan Scenario) "That's a subwoofer, right? But why is there a screen [pointing to the ESL panel] attached to it?" Yeah, right. Share your experiences, too.