Basically it comes down to value. For the money, these are incredibly clear and powerful speakers. You cannot find a better value. What makes the biggest difference with my music is listening to "FLAC" (HD high quality music) such as Metallica or ITunes AAC from Mariah Carey and Adel. These speakers hit all ranges. YOU MUST have a great receiver to properly power these bad boys. I am running a brand new Denon 4311 (140 watt per 9 channels) that I picked up at Best Buy for $1499 (normally $2500). The Denon 4311 is now replaced with their new 4520 but for $1000 more ($2500) it just wasn't worth it. These speakers are amazing. The base on the Metallica (FLAC) is simply awesome. And I do run a high end Velodyne Digital Sub-Woofer with these as well. Here are the movies I bought to test the base:(All Blu-Ray 5.1 or 7.1) U-571; MASTER AND COMMANDER; BATTLESHIP; AVATAR; BATMAN, THE DARK NIGHT; HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS; DAS BOOT; STAR TREK (I THINK 2011 OR 2012 VERSION BUT THE NEWEST ONE AS OF DEC 2012) AND TRANSFORMERS REVENGE OF THE FALLEN. And of all these, the absolute best was....................THE CANNONS IN "MASTER AND COMMANDER!!!" Wow!!! The base is just amazing to hear. Also, be sure to use good wire. Not from Monoprice like I used to buy. I use the AudioQuest X2 wire. Now here is the deal. If you are going to spend $4k on two speakers, you need to spend at least $1500+ on a great receiver to properly power these, then you might as well spend $75 for the guaranteed speaker wire that works properly. Don't try and save $45 dollars on crappy cabling. Does it make a difference? I honestly cannot fully tell you 100% yes. But in my mind, this is what counts. I can tell you what made a HUGE difference. I would stream music from my Ipad 3 (iTunes) directly to my receiver using AirPlay. Then I tried a different way to run the HD music; by connecting my computer (that stores my "Media Monkey and ITunes Music" and the FLAC blew the quality away when comparing streaming the music. There is no comparison. Now when I run AAC (ITunes) and FLAC (from HD Tracs) I cannot really tell too much of a difference. I would say FLAC seems to sound a 10 and AAC sounds an 8 on the scale of 1-10. I also run a 7.1 surround and will be adding the two additional fronts (Also Def Tech Speakers). The bass adjustments on these speakers are only OK. They work really well and you can tell a huge difference when you turn the little knob on the back of each speaker. But the problem is the sensitivity. They need a digital readout so you can tune them precisely. They are too sensitive and just a minor tweak can make a huge swing in the setting. But this can really be overcome by taking the time to get it adjusted. Overall, get them. Oh, one very important thing. The first one I ordered came damaged. UPS seems to be pretty rough. Be sure to check it out thoroughly or yours may be damaged during shipping. Amazon did a full replacement, but these are heavy and time consuming to re-pack. I insisted the replacement be double packed in an additional box and it was. This is what they need to do on all shipments of these nearly 100lb speakers.
Well I purchased these because of the reviews and I also loved the SuperCube. When I read that both towers had 1 supercube in it... I couldn't wait. First disapointment was they were made in china. I thought they were made in the USA but, it was only designed here. I had set everything up and had it for about 2 months letting it break in. The subs do play nicely but you have to sit infront of them. They do not rattle the house as I thought they would. When I do chores around the house I like to blast my music and I say the highs and mids sound great around the house but the lows are only good on the couch. These would be great for an aparment or condo. That is the only reason why I knocked it down 1 star.