I just bought these speakers from NewEgg a few days ago..around $550 and free shipping. A nice deal, I think. I've had a 5.1 all Polk, mid-priced system for years now and have been really happy with it. I've upgraded all the speakers at different times over the past 10 years always staying with Polk since I was already on that path and wanted the sound character to match. The fronts, however, were almost a decade old and were definitely the weak point. They were also Polk towers but just a step up from entry level at the time. Now to my question\/issue\/complaint\/confusion...\r\n\r\nI hooked the speakers up, put in some CDs and switched the receiver to a two-channel only mode. The first thing I noticed was how over-emphasized the high end was. I suppose "bright" is the correct term..very bright. The Hillary Hahn solo violin tracks I listened to were beautifully clear but, wow, the high end was almost irritating\/painful. I was only listening at moderate volume also. I tried some rock CDs and it seemed like every cymbal and hi-hat sound was right in my face. This is really killing me because I actually think the mid and low range character of these speakers is beautiful..it's so clean and warm. After searching through some other posts about similar Polks on this forum, it seems like this is a known characteristic of their whole speaker line. I just find it hard to believe that anyone could like that much treble in their music. I guess I'm just wondering what to do at this point. Return them and pay about $150 in restocking fees (not sure if I have to pay for the shipping this time or not) or is there an alternative?\r\n\r\nRight now I have them hooked up to an Onkyo TX-SR706 100w A\/V receiver. Seems like enough power for moderate volumes listening to just the two speakers alone. The Onkyo has the capability to bi-amp but would that help? I've also ordered an Emotiva UPA-2 (2x125w) amp but they're currently out of stock so it'll be a few more weeks until I have it. Will that amp make any difference to the sound quality of these speakers at moderate volumes? I haven't put the cloth grilles on the speakers yet but I doubt that'll matter right? The speaker cable is decent; nothing extravagant but not thin either. My room is carpeted, mostly rectangular and has a flat, 8' popcorn ceiling so it's a fairly dead room. I sit about 9' from the speakers.\r\n\r\nAny comments or suggestions would be appreciated. The return policy is 30 days so I have about 2 weeks before I need to start the return process or decide to keep them.\r\n\r\nThey really are beautiful looking and sounding speakers other than the somewhat obnoxious high-end so I'm really torn about what to do. If I exchange\/return them, I don't absolutely have to stay at this price level but my room is only medium sized so I think something like the A9's or LSi 25's would be too much speaker (again, I'm sitting only 9' from them).\r\n\r\nOne last thing, the Onkyo does have an equalizer on it so I could enable it and start trying to dampen the highs that way but I'd prefer to not have to "fix" the sound.