I'm in a similar position to mikemccon- i've got the AX5i and it's fantastic for AV but i haven't tested it for normal cd yet - as i haven't purchased a proper cd player yet. i demoed the Quad 12L with Cyrus 6 and 8 last week and am now seriously considering getting them. The Cyrus (even the entry 6) is so good. I was using the Mozart Requiem as test track and i could even make out the plucking of the strings (which to me is nice) and the details for the vocals are wonderful. I also tried the Arcam 73 and 82 on the same track (same amp and speakers) and they were no where near the Cyrus. i love the look of the quads as well so i will probably go for them but i do worry whether they'd be too dominant as my current speakers are the kef eggs - i.e. if i replace the fronts with Quads, the remaining one may sound tiny..... Would they be OTT as AV speakers - should i keep the eggs as fronts and use the Quads as two channels only?