Summary: I just listened to a pair of these at Vanns today, and I fell in love with them. Great sound field, sounded great off axis and the highs were so crisp and detailed, I can't believe they don't have more ratings here. I compared them side-by-side to a pair of Energy speakers that were about $20 more, the Energy's were a little louder but had a color to the sound that didn't seem as realistic as the Boston Acoustics.
Summary: I purchased these to use as my rear speakers & they are awesome!!I tried them as the main just to see how they sounded & I was surprised.With a sub woofer they sounded very good.As rear speakers they are GREAT! I would recommend to any one looking for great sound. Update 8-4-2013 I LOVE THESE SPEAKERS!! They still sound awesome for my surround sound.
Summary: Thank you so much for professionally packaging the subwoofer. It is exactly as advertised and sounds primo! The sound is terrific. A tip for other buyers - make sure your amplifier or receiver is on low volume, especially if you live in an apartment. The sound from the subwoofer on mid-range is very clear and loud. I have a subwoofer on my desk computer but this beats that one hands down. Outstanding manufacturing and a great product.
Summary: When I bought a new 7.1 Onkyo receiver, I decided to add front upper speakers. I wanted small speakers to fit on top of my entertainment center cabinets. There were a lot of speakers to choose from. These Bostons were relatively cheap, and I'll admit I am partial to Boston speakers so I went with them. What a huge difference in sound quality. If you have a 7.1 receiver but don't have front upper speakers, get some, no matter what brand you choose.
Summary: I have the collection of Boston Acoustics Classic Series and I am very happy. I didn't realize that my old, cheap speakers sounded like tin cans. One is immersed in the sound using these speakers meaning that you don't really pay attention to which speaker the sound is coming from, only that it's there and you are seemingly in the picture being viewed. I actually have to mute the system when my make of phone rings during playback to be sure it's not mine ringing.
Summary: Bostons CS23 bookshelf/satellite speakers rock out, a pair with a sub will rock the house, paired up in a 5.1 system as rear satellites they will produce, great speakers and you don't have to go broke getting them, I had the chance to hear them a local store and they rocked,I purchased thru Amazon for better pricing and with the free shipping you can't go wrong, for the bang for the buck the are worth the listen,if you get the chance, rock on !!!!!!!