I've met Richard and his wife a few times both at CES and at Esoteric Audio in Scottsdale. He periodically every few years will show up at Esoteric Audio in Scottsdale to support his local dealer, for an open house and/or Az AV Club presentation. Altho I luv my Aerial speakers, I also think Vandy speakers are outstanding. Some years ago, back in the days when I had four Aerial 10Ts, Aerial CC3 and five Vandersteen 2Wq subs (currently four Aerial 9s, Aerial CC5 and three Aerial SW12 subs), Richard was presenting his then new Vandy 9s at Esoteric Audio. We discussed my system a bit, I mentioned that if his Vandy 5s had come out say two years earlier that I might have put them in my theater, and he simply said Aerial are really good speakers and it wouldn't make sense to change to his Vandy 5s as I already had the Aerial 10s. What a class act. No disparaging a competitor even if he likes his product in that price range more. Got to give him credit. And his demos always are nice sounding, too.