Interesting. I never saw anything about the new ones having improved wiring in all the reviews I read....I did a TON of research. Mostly focused on the Klipsch, B&O and Swan. I ended up going with the Swan's M50-W's. They were a bit of overkill...sub is off the hook. My boys love the system hooked up to the wife's iMac...just off the kitchen and we jam. I just saw these at a surprisingly low price new with free shipping so if you're interested, let me know. I had to source mine from a specialty retailer when I bought them a month or two ago, but now I can see them on the net at darn competitive price ($223).