I think what I said when I commented more elaborately, still holds and that was that I was spoiled :P I've been to a handful of audio meets, and major audio events and heard all sorts of system costing tens to hundreds of thousands. If you really distill things down though, I don't think the average person who hasn't experienced some of the speakers I've listened to, would have any reservations about the 1099 paired with a sub. In fact, I think they would be ecstatic with the clean dynamics. <$800 for the 1099 gets you a hell of a good sounding system for the money and it's really hard to beat their performance if you can handle the size. If I was into rock like the OP mentioned, I wouldn't want low efficiency/surface area speakers that I'm more used to. Silky smooth little domes and ribbon tweeters are awesome, but ...trade offs!