this will be my first legitimate pair of monitors so plz feel free to flame my choice as it is too late at this point for me to send em back... anyhow the reason I picked these over others was that everything I read about these said that they are nothing special but are very flat. hopefully they live up to that. so the real question is about room placement. The simple fact is that my rooms blow for mixing. I will not be treating the room they will be in and I'm trying to figure out where I would be best off putting these when I need to actually use them. so far I feel that the best Idea that I've had is to put them on some kind of stands in the middle of the room away from any walls or objects and set up my listening triangle only when I need to. for those that are interested I'll have you know that I ordered the purple because that is how I roll. Buy Fostex Powered Studio Monitor Pair | Powered Monitors | Musician's Friend BTW the link comes off as a personal endorsement of a product... this is not the case as I have not yet received the package yet.