It's a shame we're not a little closer. I recently purchased a pair of Chane 1.4's. I mostly bought them as a stop gap in case the amp in my DefTech tower continues to give me problems. I plan to use them as surrounds when the L7 and L6 get released. I listened to them for about a day, but not critically, to break them in. They are very different from what I have, but it's hard to compare a "budget" bookshelf to a tower with a powered woofer. My DefTech amp still hums when first turned on, but I really don't want to go through a full 5.1.4 Audyssey calibration before I can get the L series for my front stage. I'm hoping it's finally getting close. If you have a reason to visit central NC I''d be glad to hook them up for you.