I've been looking at several brands of speakers (Energy, Def Tech, Axiom, Dahlquist, Ascend...) and have pretty much narrowed my choice to Ascend and Axiom. Both of these brands enjoy excellent word-of-mouth, but I am leaning towards the Axioms mostly because they look better. Of course sound quality is by far the most important criteria, so any arguments either way (or even for another manufacturer) would be most welcome. My original plan was to get the following setup: M22ti - Bookshelves ($400/pr) QS8 - Surrounds ($470/pr) VP150 - Center ($350) SS36 - Speaker Stands ($99) Total = $1319 I have an SVS sub (x-over is 80 Hz), so I reasoned that full-sized towers are probably not needed here. Still, I much prefer the look of full-sized towers to bookshelves, and I see that the M40ti towers are just $490.00, and because I would no longer need the speaker stands, my cost would actually be a little less if I went with the towers. So it comes down to sound quality: which would be a better choice, the M40ti towers, or the M22ti bookshelves? Even though I'm leaning towards the Axioms, I'm open to any and all suggestions in the $1300.00 price range. Thanks for reading.