Isn't the question, What is it that seems to make the more expensive speakers worth the extra cash?....Brand name? I really can't justify the more expensive speakers out there, based solely on the Sound Quality. The difference is just not that much, IMO, even within the Paradigm line or those Focals. They may have made the M11s too good and hurt sales of their higher priced lines. Axiom will be fine, as they DO still have an edge in sound reproduction, IMO. But Paradigm has really made it close. I wonder if other retailers are selling them for the same price as GA appears to be lower than most for its pricing, at least on the few items I know of.