Forest because of base response, power handling ability and overall just more musical, I will never look back on this one. I challenge you to contact a dealer and ask them directly even if they are not in your area. Simply call Totem directly and they will give you dealers in your part of the country. I realize that some dealers may direct you to the more expensive unit, however, once a relationship is established, I believe a good dealer will direct you to what's best for you. Bottom line, dealer input, Audiogon message boards and personal auditions are the three areas to gain info on such an important decision. Good luck!