Aardvark, you are confusing them with the A's or AII's or AIII's. The A3i's are a totally different design, and was Kevin Voecks (now at Revel) pride and joy. To maximize performance use the DB Systems electronic crossover and biamp. Your room has to big enough (they are big and weigh about 160lbs each). There is a reason why you never see a pr for sale. They are awesome and have owned them for 5yrs now. Previously had the B&W Matrix 800s but sold them after I had the Snells in my house for 4 months. The Snells need the right setup and plenty of current. Tremendous bass and smooth mids and highs. Fills the room like you are at a live concert. Now price, Ardvark said $500??? Don't be mislead by this guy. A good price to pay is about $2500. That's if you ever find a pair. I haven't seen a used pair of A3i's in years. I wonder why??? Talking with Snell before they were purchased by Boston Acoustics and are taking the home theater route, if they were to make the Snells today, you are talking a $20K price tag. I've talked with Kevin Voecks a number of times, and he even said these Snells were the perfect design in a box type speaker. With ARdvark talking about recent Snell speakers and trying to compare with these A3i's shows his ignorance and lack of knowledge. Today's Snells are for the home theater market. Call up Kevin Voecks at Revel and he'll be honest to tell you that the A3i's are a master piece of sound and design. To copy it today would just be that a ...copy. British monitors, well don't know much about them but did have the B&W Matrix 800s which were $15K, and I'm sure the British monitors couldn't hold a cup to the B&W's. So Ardvark, if you find a pair of A3i's for $500, the moon is made of cheese too.