The best system I have ever heard to date is the spectral, MIT, Avalon combination. It had an eerie resolving ability. The depth that that system could get from the music was amazing. It could even throw an image behind me and to the left and be perfectly defined FROM A CD RECORDING!. I watched part of return of the jedi on laser disc and I was totaly in the forest the ambience surrounded me. birds chirped as if they were actually in tree's behind me and all around. then laser blasts came from behind and shot over me and to the front of me. I WAS IN THAT WORLD. This was just plain stereo folks. just 2 speakers. with music you here every nuance. YOU ARE THERE. Yeah sometimes it got bright but is was very recording dependent. I would never use spectral with vandersteens. There is no way that speaker could handle the resolving ability of spectral gear. You will never ever here the potential of their gear with any speaker that glosses over the sound like vandersteens do. That was only the $30,000 system but in a very customized room with expensive room treatment. If your solely into classical I could see it maybe not being right for some people because allot of people like their classical full, warm, and lush. Spectral gives you what's on the CD and adds nothing to it. BUT MATCH YOUR GEAR CAREFULLY. Also read the amazing review from stereophile on this system (1996). I heard this system in 1995 and have yet to here better. If you do it right your jaw will drop and never come back up!