I ended up purchasing four verus grand bookshelf speakers and the verus grand center. I must say that the four bookshelf models work really excellent for surround sound. They offer stellar imaging, last night I was watching an idiot abroad and they had Karl on the trans siberian railway. The railway sound absolutely filled the room; My girlfriend got home half way in and thought someone was knocking on the door or something because it sounded so very real! \n\nThe grand center is also excellent. Very smooth, very detailed. I owned the Klipsch RC-64 (version 1 with the 1.25" compression driver) for about a year and I personally think this center sounds better than that. (and every other center channel i've ever owned)\n\nI have to disagree with audioholics on the rounded design though. I found it rather irritating to place this thing properly using its little door stopper type rubber feet. (which are the only things keeping the bottom from being scratched up) Sure, it looks nice... But it isn't very practical. Aside from that little qualm, it really is an excellent loudspeaker.\n\nWith my previous setup being the EMP's I had been listening to music in stereo only as the center and surround really didn't sound as good as the e55ti tower. However, I now prefer to use upmixing (thx neural being my personal preference). The center just sounds so nice handling music vocals as well!\n\nThe stellar imaging is also great for gaming. I hear a sound off to the rear left, turn to fire, and the enemy is exactly where I thought! \n\nWith the EMP's I would often hear a sound, turn to fire, and find that the enemy was not where I thought! \n\nAnyway, I just wanted to post a 3rd party opinion on these speakers.