Summary: I am fairly new to all of the HT gear. I got an Onkyo HTIB for Christmas of 08 and decided to upgrade to Energy speakers the following year. Started with the Take Classics, Connoissuers, and finally the Reference Connoissuers. The RC's are excellent speakers. Am extremely happy with the look and sound of these speakers. I upgraded the receiver this year as well...got a Denon 3808ci.