Most speakers including some MLs sound like HiFi instead of music for a number of reason. I have been a music composer for 40 years. I do film scoring for PBS, have recorded 3 jazz albums and play various instruments including jazz piano and flaminco guitar. People talk about how "amazing" the bass is on speakers like the Protegy and Odessey. If you are listening to electronic music, that is one thing. If you are trying to duplicate a real event, then more bass is not better. When you stand in front of a jazz trio, the bass is not booming in your face,; it is filling in the bottom octives. If you are acutely aware of the bass, unless it is a bass solo, something is wrong. Many speakers sound like jukeboxes and bear no resemblence to real acoustic sound. One of the reasons I like the ascent i (granted with 400 watts per channel of McIntosh power) is because the bass is tight and fast like real bass sounds and when played at realistic levels, it blends in in a very real way. I have heard this speaker in at least 10 locations and just as many for the Protegy. The protegy has more bass, but to my ear, slower and more artificial sounding (like Hi Fi), as oppossed to real acoustic music. I hope the Summit with the adjustable bass would solve this problem. For the money, I still prefer the Ascent I, and without a sub for 2 channel use.