Well I've owned Cerwin Vega for around 16 years. The last five years I noticed I had stopped listening to music through my loudspeakers all together but was constantly listening to music through my headphones as they had much better clarity and fine detail. Brought home a little set of B&W towers for an in home demo one day on a whim and was taken by surprise by what a little speaker from a higher end brand could do with clarity and detail and still play fairly loud.
The Vegas factory specs where a 3-way with large 15" woofers @ 102dB 1w/1m, 400watt RMS, and 28Hz to 28,000Hz +/- 3dB and the B&Ws where only a 2½-way with only 6.5 in woofers, a 90dB sensitivity rating, 150watt power handling, and 44Hz - 22kHz +/-3dB so I wasn't expecting much. But there was so comparison for the raw sound quality performance. I still remember the very first song I played had a bird chirping in the beginning and the B&Ws was just so much more clearer, detailed, and airy with a more 3D-like soundstage and got me closer to the fine detail and clarity I was hearing from headphones. They got me listening to music again through loudspeakers.
Someone else in the B&W thread had the same experience as me with larger higher spec'd Vegas vs smaller lower spec'd B&Ws with how impressed they smoked the Vegas with sound quality.
And they can still play loud enough to drown out your own voice...