Don't send a deposit in advance to Von Schweikert...they tend to get lost...
I can't help with your speaker comparisons, but I strongly disagree with the post concerning VS business practices. You can pick up the phone and speak to Albert almost any day. I have called several times and was always given more time than I expected. I would highly recommend the Von Schweikert product line. I am on my second pair of VS speakers.
I concur with jrun...I also own a pair of jr's...bought them simply for the looks for my first pair of quality speakers...WOW was I surprised..I am hooked. I have talked to Albert since the purchase and was impressed with time he spent with me. I later purchased a center spkr and everthing went without a hitch.