That's why I said it may come down to design and finish. Appearance means a lot to many people.\n\nAs to the Paradigms, the company founders bought back a controlling interest in the company and the Founder line is their first new creation. From what I've read it has more in common with the Personas than being an upgrade from the Premiers. But by how much?\n\nI appreciate the op wanting to be thorough when spending that kind of money but if his friend is not leaning strongly towards one brand then he really needs to do some leg work and visit some dealers. I'd be happy with Arendal, Paradigm, JBL or KEF, but his friend might prefer the Klipsch.