Excerpt: Getting distortion in vocals at high volumes although I'm only powering at 85 watts. Bass pops more than booms, and similarly distorts. I know they're just book shelf speakers, but I owned a set of bookshelf JBLs for 15? years (TLX121) and these are simply not as good, or as loud, despite the fact that these are 3 way and higher wattage rating. (my good experience with the TLX121 is why I stuck with JBL). I also own Bose 161.