OMG Knock on the door at 9:20 am and the guy said "hiya m8 we have a palette for you", I responded with "No the guy who sent it said he'd placed a palette underneath it to keep it safe, you can remove it now". He looked relieved and told his mate he can remove the palette, he then glanced up at me and said "what the hell is it anyway" to which I replied "oh it's a speaker". There was a pause of maybe 4 seconds then he said "A SPEAKER, I thought it was a ###### TV" Two of them struggled getting up to my front door as they had to climb 20 steps but they managed to get it to my hallway, here is a pic of it waiting to go to my room : Huge Box A reassuring glance at the side of the box revealed that this was indeed the Series II version Series II Now I had to get the beast up to my room, a further 2 flights of stairs so a quick phone call to my work colleagues and they were here in 10 mins ready (but not eager) to help. The sheer level of profanity uttered by my colleagues as were lifting it to my room would have made a sailor cringe Once in my room we managed to get the beast into it's position on a small rug I bought just for it : Preliminary Position I just had to take a close up shot of the huge 18" driver : 18" Driver As some of you may know my pre amp is currently being repaired so I can't yet comment on the sub but with my DVD player hooked up to the power amp I can try out CDs that are recorded at very low levels (a normal recording is too loud with the default volume of the DVD player). All I can say is HOLY MOLY, the bass beats were hitting me in the chest, it's like nothing I've felt before and this was just guess work with the volume from the sub, the sound was too loud for this time in the morning so I had to turn it off. My one and only concern with the HGS18 was it's so called humming, my concerns were unwarranted, it's no noisier than my PS1000 was, it's way below the sound of my PC which is on 24/7 so on this matter I'm very happy. How annoying that I can't play with my new beast properly, I think the shop repairing my pre amp will be getting an anxious call today from me Edit - I've thanked him by PM but let the world know how gratefull I am to Uncle Eric, absolutely no complaints about his advice, service and general friendliness, if anyone has any doubts about a powerbuy from Uncle Eric you can take it from me he is the real deal and lots more too.