I'm looking to replace my 10-year-old Tannoy System 8 NFM IIs with something that has a little more bottom end and is a little flatter across the critical 1K-3K band. I went to GC in Sherman Oaks, CA today and listened to what they had set up in that price range: 1. JBL 6328Ps 2. Event ASP8s 3. Mackie 824s 4. KRK V8s 5. Alesis 820 DSPs They also had Dynaudio Air 20 3-ways for something like $6000 (one can dream, right?) Here were my impressions: 1. JBLs - my 2nd-place choice, possibly TOO much bottom; you could really feel the bass in your chest. Even though these are only rated to 50hz (+/- 1.5db) and are supposedly down 10db at 37hz, they still seemed to have the most chest-thumping bottom. 2. Events - seemed a bit scooped in the low-mids to me; I'll listen again somewhere else just because they've gotten such good reviews. I found it odd that they're rated to 35hz, but the JBLs blew them away for solid bottom end. 3. Mackie 824 - I really didn't like these; I didn't the first time I heard them several years ago, either; they sounded boxy compared to all the others. I actually a/b'ed them with the 624s and liked the sound of the 624's better. The 624s didn't sound boxy. Maybe the 824s were set incorrectly or something, but they were clearly the worst of the bunch that I auditioned. 4. V8s - not quite my cup of tea. They didn't seem transparent in the mids and highs. They might be fatiguing as they seemed a bit strident. 5. 820DSPs - these were the sleepers - I really liked them; I hadn't even planned on listening to them because they didn't carry that "pro studio" name brand and were at the lower end of my price range, but both me and another guy who was auditioning monitors both felt that except for the JBLs, these sounded punchier, as well as cleaner in the mid/highs. The fact that you can make them sound close to NS10s at the flip of a switch was a bonus. You could also make them emulate Auratones or have a "smiley" curve. I still want to listen to the Blue Sky's System Ones, but none of the dealers in my area who stock them are open on Saturdays (bummer!), so that will have to wait. Does anyone who has HEARD the Alesis 820DSPs have any opinions on them? Was this first impression something that will wear off over extended usage? Does anyone here own a pair?