I keep going back and forth on this. I'm currently using a Tortuga passive but am impressed by the fact that the Nobsound, Tisbury and especially the HKP beat it in listening tests. But like Tomy2Tone, I want a remote and was leaning towards a Saga, until Tomy2Tone mentioned the channel imbalance issue his has - so does my Tortuga. The one passive that I've read nothing but praise for, and that includes a remote for under a grand is the Luminous Audio Axiom II with the Walker mod, mentioned earlier in this thread. It seems to be really strong in all of the areas tat are important to me. I'm thinking that will be my next purchase, although it won't be until after a 3 month home remodel that starts in 2 weeks.