Buy them and enjoy, I too have set my storm on the kitchen counter and can walk around almost all of the house (3000 sf) without a break up, however getting a few walls in between does drop out the sound. I set my storm on our elipical machine and watch a video with no problems, put the storm in an Otterbox and off to do yard work for 1-2 hours at a time with an occassional loss of sound while moving around but only for a second or two. All in all, Buy them you'll love them.