chainrock: Also wondering if these speakers will be TOO laid back, ie lack excitement. I read on another forum someone went from RS6s to S6e (or S8e) and found that they went too much the other direction... That I can understand. Once you're used to the quite forward presentation of the MA's, going to the S5e's/A5's is really going to the opposite end of the tonal spectrum.The S6e/A6's are a little more lively, so the difference wouldn't quite be so big. If you do audiotion the A5/A6, listen to them for a good half hour or an hour, as it does take a little time to get accustomed to their tonal balance. If you just do a quick A/B, you'll probably dismiss the Spendors as being too smooth.