I bought these speakers about 14 months ago. I was prepared to spend between $1000 and $1500 for a new set of speakers. Before I spent that much money, I deciced to check out what Sony had to offer. I've had good luck with Sony products in the past. When I saw the low price of these speakers, I was skeptical. However, like I said before, I've had good results with Sony in the past, so I went a head and bought them. I have no regrets. I'm using a 100 watt per channel Sony Stereo reciever, STR-DE135 and a Sony CD/DVD player, DVP-S300. These speakers are amazing given their price. I would put them up aganist speakers costing three or four times as much per pair. Highs are clear and well dispersed, mids are clear and bass is abundant and well defined. They have a spacious and transparent character to their sound, and they will play very loud. Also, they look as good as they sound. I use them for everything. Listening to music and movies. They're great. Don't their low price scare you off.