I can still recall listening to a pair of Tympani in the home of the guy who owns Aural Symphonics (interconnects, etc.). I went to his home in San Jose in the early days of his business, when he was literally assembling the Aural Symphonics As-One cables in his garage. We spent about an hour listening to his Tympanis, which were set up in his rec room which was totally dedicated to his sound system. The soundstaging and overall presentation was so real that it literally made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! A recording of a female vocalist (I forget who, but it might have been Joan Baez) was so realistic that I felt like I could reach out and touch her. I have never -- before or since -- heard such a presentation from an audio system. There is no doubt that setup was critical, but I can still remember that hour!!!