Dude, you are my HERO. I bought these speakers 2 weeks ago for $499! Gonna go get a price adjustment ASAP tomorrow. Wow, I subscribed to this thread a while ago because I asked a question and wanted to get the answer without checking back all the time. I got the answer but I was too lazy to unsubscribe, so now I save $130! hah!
BTW, I think they sound okay. I don't have them arranged in an optimal way yet because I need to order some stands for my fronts, and my current room doesn't allow enough space for my surrounds to be in a good position (but I'm moving soon). I dont know.. I'm a newbie at home theater, so I'm not sure if my expectations are too high or what, but I feel like it's missing something
. People have commented that the bass isn't powerful enough, but I think it's mighty powerful. To answer the question about dialogue, it sounds perfect to me, even surrounded by action. I guess my feeling is that it just doesn't fill the room.
One major concern for me is that it sounds pretty good when you're sitting in "the spot", you know, the place where all the speakers are pointed toward, but I'm underwhelmed by the sound from other points on the couch. The ends of the couch are especially bad, because whatever rear you're next to ends up overpowering your audio experience. I don't know if this is because of my setup, because of the speakers, or just a painful reality for any setup. I'm inviting friends over on Sunday to try out my new system, but I feel pretty paranoid and embarrassed for whoever has to sit at the ends (I'm gonna take one end, just for that reason)...