I just bought a second set of 800's for $100. I now have 2 sets of 800s and 1 set of 801s. These were the speakers that made the Bose reputation. I have some old literature where they used them at a jazz festival in Geneva for everything. Weather Report was on stage and there was about a 15' stack on each side. They require a lot of power to drive. Contrary to what some people say, you should use the Bose eq unit that comes with them. It adds 10 dB of highs and 12 dB of bass to make them sound great. I've used them to play solo in bars and for acoustic music gigs and for sound for several plays. The nice thing about them is that you can be sitting up close to them or far away and you don't get you're ears fried by a lot of tweeter highs. If eqed properly, and i use the Bose fixed eq and an additional adjustable eq, they can sound wonderful and very smooth and never harsh. I love very clear high fidelity, but I often find that modern smaller sound systems just burn your ears. i like the Bose. They actually sound better if you stack 2 on top of each other because the low end couples. Now I have 4, so I can do this in stereo. Also, if you want much bass, you should use subs.