So I'm dusting my speakers a little while back and notice that a crack has developed on one of the baffles. Upon closer inspection I see there's a screw on a seam where the crack starts. Sigh...\n\n\n\nI sent those images to Dina, which she showed to Dave and determined it's a manufacturing defect and agreed to replace it under warranty. Nice. However, we had to wait 6 weeks for their next shipment of cabinets and since it's cosmetic it had no effect on sq so I was still able to use and enjoy them. Well they finally got the new cabs in emailed me a shipping label so I packed it up and dropped it off at UPS on Tuesday.\n\nI haven't been trying very hard to sell the Ultras because I knew I would be without speakers during this time so I hung onto them. Now, when I first hooked up the Sierras my perception was that they are a nicer sounding speaker, but I couldn't definitively say how or why. I hooked the Ultras back up when I got back from UPS, ran Audyssey then REW'd and Mini'd my bass in and put some music on. My wife's music. It was her day off and she likes to listen to country music that she's super familiar with. As soon as the song started we both just looked at each other, surprised. Suprpised because the difference was so noticeable, and doubly so for me that my wife instantly noticed too!\n\nI know, I know. The ol' "my wife can hear the difference!" cliché... I'm not talking about something amp comparisons tho, and there was a time when my wife would absolutely not know the difference, much less give me a look the instant the music started playing. I guess long story short, it's more noticeable now that we've spent so much time with the Sierras than when we first got them. I'm not saying the Ultras suck or that they're not still good speakers, but the Sierras are in another class. Enough so that my wife, who very begrudgingly agreed to let me buy the Sierras, is no longer so begrudging about it and in fact can't wait for the return. Just that alone tickles me, knowing that she's grown to love great audio as much as I do. She's spoiled now!\n\nAnyhoo, I know I've been absent for a bit. No real reason, just been kinda busy but things have been good.