The 8C is one of the most accurate loudspeakers that you can buy at any price (Stereophile measurements, Soundstage measurements). Its directivity control is perhaps the best I have ever seen measured. One cool thing it is doing is using phase cancellation to control directivity down to extremely low frequencies, much more than any other speaker its size. Most speakers use cone size to control directivity at lower frequencies, but that necessarily makes them pretty large. The 8C uses ingenuity, and one thing that will help with is room modes since the bass isn't bouncing off of every surface.\n\nOne absurd claim from their literature is that it supposedly makes music sound "as it was intended." The problem with that is that most music was likely mixed on audio systems less accurate than the 8Cs. So it isn't likely sounding like whatever the sound engineers mixing for. In reality, most sound engineers mix for a wide range of systems, and there isn't a single 'intended' sound. That is just another audiophile myth.\n\n\nJames, have you gotten a chance to hear them yet? Just curious. Like you, I was really impressed by the measurements and also curious how a speaker like this would compare to a 'regular' monopole speaker. I only briefly got a chance to listen when these were being setup. I haven't connected them to my setup so haven't listened to anything of my own. Gonna have to go hunt for cables in my attic to make it happen.