Yo, Imispgh -- you already know my high opinion of these speakers. I didn't know you had owned the M3-si's (I had the M1-si's). You are absolutely correct about the bass. If the midrange is integrated properly by the designer, and the bass is fairly flat to 40-45 Hz, that's all you need. Incidentally, I am selling the 2 subs I was using for the Volante 260's -- I turned them off last week and moved the speakers 6" further from the rear walls and 2" closer to the sides (can you imagine? 6 and 2 lousy inches!). It sounds like I picked up another octave, and the Velodynes just screwed it up when I plugged them back into the system. The Celius 202 is a truly unique product among ALL high-end loudspeakers, all time. They have a unique presence. And the right price. They generate excitement, which is what music is all about. Great review. Cheers, Clifton.