Originally Posted by scottvamp
Yep, everyone on here that bought $2700 Pendragons came from $100 HTIB system. That sounds about right - lol
You fall into the other group of posters: recent additions to AVS with low post counts for whom the majority (and often, as in your case, the first) post is on this thread.
I did an A and B comparison with the Pendragons, I know apples and oranges, but the Strada's were almost embarrassing. They sounded so tiny and undefined, that if someone can over for a demo to buy the Anthony Gallo's they sounded like $100 speakers.
+11db has a tendency to do that.
The Gallo speakers are also only 40% of the cost, and that's after paying for brand name the choice of B&M outlets... generally it's only the lowest end (Pioneer, Infinity, Behringer, etc) where the B&M brands can go dollar-to-dollar with direct sale designs.
So no, you aren't coming from a $100 HtiB, but I don't think you are as far removed from that is you believe.