Well, I got my B1600's yesterday. They were on my porch when I got home, and, thankfully, hadn't grown legs and walked off.
I ordered the "Cosmetic B-Stock" version for significantly less than the "New" price. I was expecting some scratches and blemishes when I took them out of the boxes, but I was pretty shocked at what I actually found.
First, the boxes are packed for shipping. I'm talking _Cable Guy_ shipping (aka FedEx), where they are likely to toss your package around the truck and the shipping warehouses as if they were playthings. First, you have to go through a set of monster copper-colored staples to get into the box. Next, there's a thick foam-padded layer on top of the speaker. Then the speaker is also wrapped tight as a drum in the thin whitish foam paper. The amount of padding and reinforcement in the boxes is pretty amazing, compared to my past experiences with big-box store speaker packaging.
Once out of the box, I looked for the "Cosmetic b-stock" damages. I found, well, none. The only thing I could find was that the paint was rubbed thin on one of the back corners of one speaker, and along the back upper edge of the other. You wouldn't know it unless a) you were looking for it, and b) you were looking at the BACK of the speaker.
Got the speakers hooked up and took out the "plugs" for "full-range mode". The speakers certainly live up to their marketing. While nothing can make up for a good high-power sub, there are very few frequencies missing to my ears. I'm no expert or anything, but all of my music, from Maynard Ferguson to Fort Minor, sounded phenomenal, and the first 15 minutes of The Italian Job were amazing.
The S-85's should arrive today. Can't wait to pop in a movie once those are hooked up.