when I was at a best buy magnolia store Brad, I heard Mirage, Martin Logan, and b@w. the mirage speakers sounded great, but not much bass at all. I like a lot of bass in my speakers. The expensive martin logan bookshelf speakers and electrostat martin logans sounded good, but I couldn't afford them and not enough bass. I only heard more expensive kef speakers before. they sound good, but your dad might like the polk audio speakers just as well. my neighbors parents used to have two older polk audio floorstanding speakers with 10 or 12 inch woofers in them i think. They used a marantz receiver with it. they played genesis sledgehammer and it sounded very detailed and amazing on the polk audio speakers. Some new polk audio speakers that I heard lately don't sound as good to me as the 80s and 90s stuff. I think that for the money you can find great sounding speakers cheaper then b@w. don't get me wrong b@w sounds good, but some of the models are overpriced.