Greetings Bebop Tom,
I purchased the Axiom QS8 stands over a year ago. I have a big living room (25' x 20') and placed the QS8's behind a large sectional couch. Fortuantely, the height (bottom) of the QS8's are just at the top the the furniture. My wife has accepted the appearance and locations although she does make occassional comments The QS8's sound fabulous where they are!