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Episode ES-500-AW-8 outdoor speakers
You can contact Near to see if there's a dealer in your area for a demo.  
$1000 bookshelf speakers with "recessed", "laid back" or "flat" mid-range?
I play all types of music on mine and I really like them. I purchased my current set used.  
Episode ES-500-AW-8 outdoor speakers
They are a solidly built product with good performance. From a performance standpoint, the Near LB6/LB8 are the best weatherproof speakers I've ever seen and used.  
$1000 bookshelf speakers with "recessed", "laid back" or "flat" mid-range?
Vienna Acoustics Haydn Concert Grand or the WebernSonus Faber Concerto or Concertino.  
Good Stereo Speakers for outside use during BBQs, evening pot luck dinners etc
I’ve heard just about every outdoor weatherproof speaker on the market. The best enclosed model I’ve seen is the Near LB8, with the LB6 just behind:http://www.nearspeakers.com/lb8.htmlFrom there, the sub/satellite systems from Near/ Sonance/ Episo... 
What are in these Bose speakers anyways
Holy Zombie Thread, Batman! 
The best looking speakers
We love our Vienna Acoustics Schonberg's in one system, the Beolab 8000's in another. The Kef Blades are nice, as are many of the offerings from Sonus Faber.  
Been asked before but... One sub or two?
In before a post about a swarm setup....amazing. More subs are usually better than a single. However, setting them up and getting multiples dialed-in can be quite a challenge.  I run a pair in my main room and I spent quite a lot of time setting t... 
Does raising speaker cables off the floor really make a big difference?
Cable risers are just more snake oil.  
Need Perfect Speakers for Acoustically Hostile Placement
What's your total budget? 
Speaker Stands for Sonus Faber Concerto
I have a set of these that I really like the looks of:http://www.swanspeaker.com/products/accessory.aspx?aid=1&type=accessory They are a matte finish, though whereas the picture shows them to be glossy.  
Rel "legacy" subs and fixing the amplifiers.
Contact Gary at The Audio Wizard here in Scottsdale Az @ 480-946-7164. He repaired my Stentor amp as well as another guys Stadium amp with no issues.  I believe he has the schematics for this family of amps and I even lent him my Stadium III amp f... 
Where subwoofers are manufactured
James Loudspeakers are mostly USA made and Phase Technology are US made.  
Are Martin Logans considered polite?
Nice 15 year-old zombie thread bump!  That might be a record.  
How To Clean Piano Black Speaker Finish?
I've always had great results by first removing the dust with a Swiffer Duster, then using a microfiber cloth and Mothers quick detail spray. I would spray a little on the speaker, then some on the cloth. Then, gently wipe the speaker to remove an...