Originally Posted by Czilla9000
That feels like I'm gaming the return policy, though.
Is that kosher?
It is kosher and I've done exactly that with some RSL CG23's that I compared to Ascend Acoustic HTM-200 SE's. After doing a fairly extensive in home demo I returned the RSL speakers and Joe Rodgers was a bit surprised that I wanted to return them, doesn't happen often, but he was happy to once I let him know what transpired.
Here is my reply to Joe...
"I’m not surprised to hear that you don’t get many CG23s returned because I found it to be a very good speaker.
I purchased the CG23s and a pair of speakers from one of your competitors. I spent almost an entire 30 days listening to both pair. I put well over 100 hours of listening into each pair and I a/b’d them in the location they will eventually be permanently located.
Ultimately I settled on your competitor. It is also a fantastic sounding speaker. I plan on building a 5.1.4 Atmos system. The reasons I decided to choose your competitor was because their speaker was sealed and more compact which made placement a little easier. Plus I can use one of their models in every location which makes timbre matching exact. The price of your competitor was also a factor. I can complete the system using their speakers for $1268.00 while using a combination of 5 CG23s and 4 CG3s for height channels sets me back $1540.00.
In summary, I had a great experience with your speakers and I’m sad to see them go. I would not hesitate to recommend them to others. There were just a couple of reasons I decided to go another direction, not the least of which was price. In short, you did nothing wrong. Quite the opposite, you did a lot right!"