How a complex electrical and Acoustic system perform as a standalone item is different than how it will sound in your room.\nBoth sides have to be met to make a happy marriage.\nThere are instances of perfect measurements that don't sound great, and there can be opposite situations, too.\n\nHow many people think Bowers & Wilkins are the best Speakers ever designed? Yet, I would never choose to buy them for any reason.\n\n@Hetfield , I respect that you liked what you heard. I'm not commenting on that, and you know this. But the same people that go out and hear B&W say the same thing, yet the measurements I've seen, and my own personal experience with the 600 and 700 series doesn't match up with their experience.\n\nSimilarly, my interest in Tekton was because of the noise I heard on the street. I also talked to Eric several times and enjoyed our conversations. But a little more digging and educating myself started throwing up red flags. And then there was a decent, but less than stellar stereophile review of one of his products that raised other concerns still.\nIt was an easy decision to make, not buying from him.\nEspecially after I heard the Phil 3s in somebody's home near me. That, coupled with the abundant evidence of many measurements of product Dennis designed, including measurements performed at the NRC in Canada left me much more certain that I could trust in what I was getting.\n\nThe kicker is, if you are going to spend over $2500 on Speakers for your mains (easily 5-7K on a 7.1 system), there are a lot of very good products in that price range. So do PSA's Towers make sense when I would need to reach out to Tom for information that should be readily available in a crowded and competitive marketplace? Especially when I have no way of knowing whether his measurements are legit? (And please, remember we are supposed to be able to trust these things, but Klipsch and Def Tech... *shrugs)\n\nI will remain a skeptic until I see some worthwhile information that is not subjective hearsay. And please keep in mind that many people insist Klipsch is one of the best Speaker manufacturers out there, yet there is precious little evidence they have put out anything truly worthy of being called a "good design." That, friend Hetfield, is backed up by many measurements by reputable third parties. ;)\n\n\nRyan you bring up an interesting ones for us that are a bit less educated from a technical perspective like myself. What I wonder, can you tell from the measurements of my Infinity R263s and RC263 center and predict whether something costing much more will produce a better sound given the proper amplification (which I have?) I think these 263s measure fairly well especially for mid to lower end designs. Shady indicates it will take a much bigger step from these to notice improvement and I appreciate that because it's deflating to make a lateral move spending a couple grand and realize you aren't any better off :) So this is an really interesting thread I think because it's hard to know what next level is going to be. Some have provided some good recommendations here. .... and I'm home theater here. 9 Channels plus subs 5.2.4.