I'll add some AV123 love.....
I just joined the fan club, buying 4 Ref1s and a Ref 100 from their Black Friday sale. These were to replace my PSB Alpha HT setup, which was a marked drop in quality from my Martin-Logan Aerius i speakers...but moving from a big house in Kansas to a tiny, tiny California house will make you do those crazy things.
I will admit, the PSB Alpha, for the price, is an amazing bargain.
That being said, there is absolutely no comparison between the Ref1 and the Alphas. In side by side testing, the PSB honestly sounded like they had a blanket over them in comparison. I had heard some comments about the Ref1 being very bright, I didn't hear that all all. Great sound, very detailed. Much better bass than I expected.
And I have not seen many, if any, speakers that look better than these do. And my Ref1s are set up poorly, driven by a Sony receiver, and basically sitting on the floor a scant two feet apart. I haven't gotten the surrounds set up yet, as I am contemplating setting up a 2-channel system with the other pair. Can't wait to see what the 2nd pair of Ref1s will do with proper electronics (I have a Rotel HDCD player standing by, need an amp) and proper placement. And perhaps a Ninja upgrade as well.
Yup, that's my PSB system and Sonance Sub on ebay right now.