Ok, I only have a few minutes but I promise to update this later when I have more time. I know a lot of you have wanted to know about a comparison of the pl-200 and the ed A2-300. As I currently have both of those (as well as a couple of others) I thought I would post a quick response to those wondering if the ED is worth the extra $125. My answer is a resounding...maybe....
At first I was surprised that the pl-200 kicked the ED's ASS, and I mean by no small margin. I started by playing some stuff through my system and then swapped out the pl-200 and put in the ED. then I played some stuff again, after I reran audyssey (even though ED says not too, but that is another story)
I still preferred the PL-200. Then I had an epiphany and realized I had the ED in the sweet spot for the pl-200, so I did a quick sub crawl and then reran audyssey on the ED. Bingo, almost like a totally different sub in my system, much much more powerful and sounded better than the pl-200.
So, I guess the moral of this story is that room placement (as always) will be a HUGE factor, but if placed optimally the ED does dig deeper and sound better in my system. The pl-200 is no slouch, but the ED is better.
As always, the above is my personal opinion and in no way should you go and take ANYTHING I say as gospel. I just wanted to throw out my quickie comparo for those that kept asking.
Is the ED worth the extra money now that it is $415 versus the $290 you can buy the pl-200 for? that is up to you to decide, but the WAF factor goes toward the PL-200 in a big way because it is wayyyyyy nicer looking than the ED. Hope this helps someone!