I've just finished listening to the Encore and Totem packages. I thought both did very well, maybe an edge to the Energy Encore for HT and to the Totem Dreamcatchers for music. Both are beautiful speakers, the Encore with a high gloss black cabinet and Totem with a beautiful real veneer finish. I would tend to give Totem the edge, because of let's say the "mystique" factor. Totem's in my opinion would be a conversation piece. They really do look like a piece of furniture. One concern I have with the totem is the sub, its a very small 8" woofer. I auditioned it with 2 subs going, which I wouldn't be able to afford. I've listened to the Axiom line before and think they do well against these but I've never heard the master package as a whole. The other package I've not had a chance to audition are the Paradigm package. I did listen to Studio40's and they are really as good as others have stated, but with a steep price tag $1100 for a pair plust stands. I would like to hear other opinions about these systems. I will be using either a Denon 1803 or Marantz 5200 with the package, which ever I can get the best deal on.