Last Saturday afternoon, a group of local 2 channel enthusiasts and myself got together in Broken Arrow(a suburb of Tulsa) to fellowship and listen to some music. I'm primarily a home theater guy so I was a little out of place. Having heard the hosts' audio system before, I knew what I was about to hear but he had since improved it. The hosts' system was in a room about 12 feet wide by 15 feet deep with a couch about 2 feet from the back wall as the primary seating. Speakers were on stands about 2 feet from the side walls and 2 feet or so from the back walls. As far as equipment goes, it as all Audio Note. I'm a bit fuzzy on which models were in use. An-E biwired ~ $3800 a pair Meridian CD player that was used maybe once. Audio Note copper cabling Audio note monoblock tube amps. Not sure of model number but they were $13k a pair new. Audio Note M2 preamp(pretty sure that is correct) Audio Note S8(?) Step Up Transformer($10k). Audio Note AN-TT Two Turntable(~$1,400) + arm and cart. The cart was one of 200. I saw a power conditioner and a few aftermarket cords there as well. No sub was used and frankly not necessary. He stated that he didn't have any room treatments except the huge drapes covering the windows. I questioned if it would make positive differences but he just stated I should hear the system first. When I listened, it was strictly vinyl and frankly I'm sold on the format. Granted I'm probably hearing it at the top end of the scale but I can't say I've ever heard CD sound this good or for that matter THIS REAL. The realism is what it was all about. Literally you could close your eyes and feel that each singer was right in the room with you and you could easily pinpoint within the huge soundstage where exactly each person was standing. The speakers were literally non-existent. There were a few pops and clicks as some of the recordings were from the 50's but I tuned that out quickly as the realism is what you focused on. Your ears essentially tuned the pops and clicks out. Some of the better recordings I heard were: Patsy Cline: Crazy 1950's recording. Ray Charles - no specifics but it all sounded fantastic Johnny Cash - 1950's recording. We heard several songs. Simply stunning. Yello: Oh Yeah. Is this the Yello song Mike Knapp uses as his demo? Violent Femmes: Self Titled. Track #2 Kiss Off. Elton John: Song and album escapes me at the moment There was a bunch of other stuff but that list stood out to me. Next time I plan to bring some stuff they hadn't heard before. As of now I think I have heard what I would call sonic nirvana. Happy listening.