I statred my audio addiction in the 70's. College was then when the well to do bmoc had magnaplaners or dahlquist dq 10's driven by nakamichi separates. I've owned it all; adcom, hafler, legacy, straightwire, been there and done that. Now 54 and somewhat saner, I was searching for a small footprint tower, that would deliver the deepest bass and clearest highs for the least money. In other words, nirvahna. Having owned a pair of monitor audio's silver 7i's, I thought about them but they are about 4 times as much as these. I was intrigued by the very low price and excellent specs of these so I bought them on line without ever having seen a pair or heard them. I will say that in 1990 I was in an audio store (yes they used to have stores that just sold stereos) and came across a pair of BIC V820 Venturi's. Bought them, still have them, well, my son does. So I knew if BIC was still BIC that I could expect a great value. These speakers have exceeded any expectations I had. Build quality, finish ,feel and performance are all excellent and all for a price so low I can still not figure out how BIC is profitable. Also, through BestBuy online, shipping was free. Take a chance on these, you'll love them but wonder what you were thinking when you paid more for your last pair and got less.