Summary: I used to sell stereo equipment years ago and developed a discerning ear for speakers and amplifiers. I bought this speaker to replace an older damaged Boston Acoustics HD7 that I had for many years. After wiring it up on the channel of the older speaker I was able to do a thorough A-B test. Results: The A26 is nowhere as good as my old HD7. The bass is too exaggerated. It sounds too "boomy." The high ends are too faint. The mid-range is not as crisp.