Pretty much agree with everything zieg said...the pioneers are FAR superior to the Sonys, and it ain't close. Speakers, in most cases, you get what you pay for. The Pioneers really give the most bang for your buck..hence why they are so highly recommended. They will do better than most cheap Polk, Jamo, Infinity, Sony, and even entry level Klipsch towers. Until there is some more competition at this price point, I don't see them being de-throned anytime soon. As far as Subs, the Bic will trump the Polk, but the $299 Klipsch RW12d is the king of budget subs.