Wayne Garcia's November 2008 listing of "best" desktop and stand mounted speakers includes the Sierra Sound inStudio 5.0 powered desktop system. It looked familiar and sure enough it is also the same system sold as the Kantos iPair 5 favorably reviewed in Playback Issue 3. A review of the specs and pictures from each vendor's web site confirms, to my eyes, that these are one and the same system. The only visible difference is that the inStudio 5.0's have grilles while the Kantos's do not.
Both web sites claim ownership of the speakers and a 2008 Reuters article http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS160392+15-Jul-2008+BW200... revealed that Sierra Sound had received a new round of investor funding to expand their product line.
Anyone know the details here?