Long-time "speaker improver" budding speaker designer with his nickel. 90% of what's "bad" about Japanese or "consumer" speakers is poor enclosure design. Most were/are made of less than 1/2" (12mm) particle board or MDF which leads to unwanted resonances. Take a pair of "Japan Inc." speakers, add layers on the sides and back to stiffen them, then add cross-bracing and foam/fiberglas damping material, and suddenly they sound much better. If you measure the driver's impedence swing (all do) and design a custom cross-over for the drivers, a pair of $100 dust collectors may become VERY good speakers. I've sent the cross-overs from some $20,000 a pair speakers to a DIY speaker friend, who re-designed them, and now they sound like they're worth $20,000. No where in audio is there less cost/quality than in speakers. The $20,000 speakers have less than $2200 worth of drivers in the two of them. Any of us can order them by mail. It's not nearly so much what parts you have, it's what you do with them. Sansui speakers have less "bloated" and "sloppy" bass than most Viet Nam era "ship-homes", and if you can find some with non-blown drivers and good cones/surrounds (both can be repaired) for $100-150 a pair and invest some sweat in bracing the cabinets, they can sound quite nice. Martin Logan won't have to worry, but they'll beat anything sold in the big-box store with a yellow tag on the side for 1/10th the price. Personally, I get a kick from buying some old dusty "monkey coffins" at a garage sale for $10,and fixing them up for my cousin next door friends for $40. Now they have some "rock the house" speakers for $50, to go with their $40 Salvation Army receiver and $5 DVD/CD player. Some even have some LP's and a TT too.