but darn it, my brother says I'm an idiot if I buy anything but a Velodyne. Budget is $500.00. Probably going to get Titans or mini-M's for my mains/rears. I had decided to go with the Adire Rava, but now I don't know. Maybe it would help if your folks would kindly answer a few questions for me. 1. What is the difference between a "sealed" sub, and...one that isn't? (Is that called "vented"?) I get the impression that sealed is less "big boom" sound, and less prefered by HT enthusiasts. 2. What is meant by "more musical" ? 3. What is the noticable difference between side/forward firing and floor-firing? 4. I listened to some Paradigms tonight, and had the rep kick on a sub - hardly noticed it. Is this to be expected? From what I am reading, seems like you don't really use the sub much for music, just for HT. If so, what the heck do I care how "musical" it is (whatever that means)??? Thanks a bunch for your advice!!