I have been fortunate to have had a pair of AR9LS speakers since 1983. I think I paid $1,100 for them new. They are still functioning as my main speakers in a 5.0 home theater. I have not needed a subwoofer with these speakers. I have refoamed all the drivers twice in that time frame and replaced the foam once in the acoustic chamber for the down firing woofer. They have never required anything else. I have never noticed mid range harshness but then I have never compared them to the LSi's. Needless to say they have been great to have all these years. I run them with a Oppo 205 blue ray player and a NAD M25 7 channel amp which puts out 160 watts into 4 ohms. I added some Paradigm studio series peakers, a center channel and 2 surround speakers. May not be true audiophile but works for me. Tried to upload a photo but did not accept the jpg.