Thanks for the comments guys.
I was going to make another thread to compare them to some commercial speakers, but I think it's pretty pointless now. It wouldn't be fair, it's like comparing the performance of a corvette z06 to a cruze. At low volumes, sure, there's not a big difference, just like a cruze vs corvette driving at 60 mph down the highway with cruise control. Anything that you hear that is noticeable would just be hearing the speakers react with the room. Any $1000 pair of speakers I've ever heard sounds just as good at low volumes, in the main listening position. If comparing low volumes (70 dB average) in positions not ideal, the Tempests are a lot better, especially for movies. Their sound stage is really wide thanks to the wave-guides. At medium volumes (80 dB average), it starts to outperform smaller bookshelves. Decently priced and designed full range towers can still compete at medium volumes (80 dB average), especially if running both speakers full range. But of course, the Tempests aren't designed for full range, you need a subwoofer.
Once you take them to 85 or 90 dB average volume, they start to shine. The Tempests get clearer better sounding, better soundstage. Crazy mid bass with a subwoofer, can feel every note. Can get them to sound like a live show easily. At this volume, most consumer speakers start to struggle. You can start hearing harshness in the tweeters and a bit of muddiness in the bass. Take it to 100 dB, Tempests still sound great, and your ears will start to complain(from SPL, not distortion). Move 20 feet back, they still sound amazing. Every consumer speaker I've ever heard just sounds like garbage at 100 dB except for some crazy high end ones with a ton of power.
Another thing to note is I really dislike the typical "horn" sound of klipsch speakers. These speakers sound NOTHING like klipsch, if I couldn't see the wave guide I would swear they were dome tweeters, until I heard them cranked up of course
I really like how the Tempests sound when playing guitars and pianos. They sound so real.
These speakers have actually really improved the surround experience for movies. A lot of strain is removed from the receiver as these are 8 dB louder than most consumer L/R's, which is about 6-7x the power. So these speakers can play the same volume at 10 watts, as other speakers at 60 watts. In most receivers, this is a HUGE distortion % difference. The extra power that is available for the center and surrounds, really makes you feel immersed, and you can tell there's less distortion. When I hook these up to my good receiver, surrounds, and center, in my room with treatments, I expect it to easily surpass IMAX audio quality (my system before this basically did any ways). The large sound stage lets you hear things coming from the front corners of the room.
Only negative is bad recordings sound bad. Studio re-mastered CD's and MFSL re-mastered CD's are a huge improvement on these speakers over original mixes (of "oldish" music). Most modern recordings are great. They are also larger than most speakers, but not that much larger than a typical tower. Maybe a couple inches wider and deeper. I wanted to make a magnetic grill for them, but there was no room for the edges of a grill on the baffle. I would have to have gotten the non-roundovered baffle, but I would rather have round-over and no grill than square edges and a grill.