Summary: I hadn't researched the product well enough before buying it. These are for surround sound systems only - and are used for the front two speakers in a five speaker set up. I was simply looking for some decent bookshelf speakers that had decent bass. They are not meant for playing music - no bass at all. I replaced them with some other Klipsch speakers which are terrific.
Summary: What can I say, I have been a fan of Klipsch since the early 80's, so why would I switch now. They arrived in perfect condition as everything from Klipsch/Amazon seems to be well packed. (I can't say this is true for everything.) I have a 7.1 system which is all Klipsch, so these speaker fit right in. I bought these to replace 2 very old bookshelf speakers which really didn't match the other speakers in the system.
My upgraded speaker system with all Klipsch speakers and subwoofer
13 November 2012
Summary: I upgraded my system with this new center speaker including 2 new Klipsch surround speakers and woofer to match. The effect on the clarity of the music is incredible. The detail is excellent and there is no distortion as the volume is increased. These Klipsch speakers are the best I have ever owned. I have a vast collection of classical music that tests the quality of any speaker system. They are well worth the price if you appreciate the best.
Summary: I added these to my existing Onkyo/Acoustic Research 5.1 surround system. I kept looking for used ARs but finally decided to go new with these. While not inexpensive, they blended into my set up quite nicely, filling the back of the room with details previously not heard, even with 5.1 soundtracks. They might be a bit of overkill for my use, but they feel solid, look great on my wall, are well made and am positive they will last a lifetime.
Summary: In a word "Excellent" The sound is awesome. What you don't know is how easy it is to hang these speakers on the wall. Part of my project was getting wires dropped inside the wall instead of running them under carpet or around the baseboard. The installer said these Klipsch Synergy S-20 were the easiest installation he had ever done. The sound is great. I was really surprised how well the speakers delivered the bass. Most surrounds can't do that well. These can.