You know we're in 'violent agreement'. But auditioning within the context of the same system/room isn't practical within the lofty heights of higher-end audio, especially 'cause I live miles away from any decent AV store. In fact your comment brings to mind something that was happening in UK when I left. Folks there had the bright idea that speakers in a listening room influenced the sound even if they're just sitting there passively. Hence for true auditions the poor guys used to wheel in and out speakers. Incidentally when I auditioned the speakers I made sure any external sub-woofer was not on because I didn't want that to influence my decision. In the end I've lucked-out 'cause I bought good equipment (better than I need or deserve) that seems to work well together - Bryston SP1, Pass Labs X5, N803s. I, too, love my N803s. As does my wife, especially at Christmas. She's not so happy about some aspects of the electronics, what with blue lights and remotes and stuff though. No where safe to put stuff, 'cause they get kind of hot.