Well i hooked up a friend who is setting up his first system yesterday. His prior was a a cheapie HTB Samsung setup. I had him pick up a set of Monitor 70's from Newegg. They had them for $179 apiece. Boy did my eyes open when I heard them for the first time. Set flat, they totally rocked. Surprisingly, bass was tight. Jim could not get the smile off his face. I loaned him a cheap Sony 2 channel receiver. If they sounded that good on that piece of junk, I can't wait till he picks up his Onkyo 707. I have heard Monitors in the past, but not the 70's. You can't bet them for $350 a pair. I also had him pick up a CSi3. Crutchfield had them for $129. I think I have created another Polkie.