Starting Sept. 15th, Calif. is going to begin taxing online sales based on your particular county's tax rate. That means for an online retailer like Amazon, they are going to have to really drop their prices so that they are competitive, even with tax, to the local B&M. Of course that will force the local B&M to price match if they want the business. However, if the local B&M doesn't have what you want, then online it is, but you still pay the tax so will there still be a good deal there? Hard to tell. I hope the local B&Ms don't go away because I still like to see and play before I make my purchase. Online buying can be a crap-shoot sometimes especially if you are looking for a particular item with a specific spec., and for speakers, you can't rely on specs alone (in fact, hardly ever) so you need to hear them which means they will have to be local. Interesting times ahead for sure.