To me they look like home theater speakers, announcing the end of high end audio, same as the 400 series amplifiers from Mark Levinson.. I never liked the sound (congested) of the Salons but I did like the original Studios, look and sound. Now I don't even care how they sound anymore. They are too ugly, hometheater like. Does Revel know that only provincial snobs will buy their speakers in the future?? The B&W 802D is much better value. The 802D has character, blood. The Studio II looks like any $5,000 speaker!