I was not implying the Sonances were poor - just the demo facility the dealer had for them. The Sonances sounded OK but like I said they were mounted in a wall with about 10 others that were also OK. I'm sure the demo did not show them of to their full potential.
The problem I'm having with these internet-only brands is the lack of being able to hear them for myself. The Ascends & Axioms get great reviews from those that own them. But then most people seem rave about the speakers they own - not heard anyone say spent $2k + on speaker and they are rubbish
The one good thing about the Def Techs is both Magnolia & MyerEmco stock them and have reasonable demo capabilities with choices of media feeds so I can get a truer feel for them. If any HT'ers in the NoVA area have Asends, Axioms or Def Techs (I think I'm giving up on my old love Mordaunt Shorts) and are willing to let me have a listen appreciate a PM.
Choices, choices, choices!