I am starting to wonder whther there will be a place for loud speakers in future. The problem is with the wide-spread of Compressed Crap Codecs (CCC). What I hear from digital televisions, digital radios, even in DVDs, the prevalence of compressed digital music will make large loud speakers useless. Basically, compression means killing of volume-depth information which results in poor base sound. There is no point buying expensive large loud speakers. From my digital televison sound, I don't find any need for bigger than laptop speakers! They are too compressed. I hardly hear any sound that loud speakers can make difference. This is also true in DVDs. LPCM sound is great. But compressed codecs like Dolby Digital and DTS, their base sound really sucks! I think that's why hardware manufacturers make surround speaker systems made of mini speakers.