I have been an audiophile and music lover for about 60 years. The # of systems that I have had are too numerous to count. Live music concerts both classical and jazz are frequently attended as well as the CES to hear all or most of the high end equipment. I discovered Merlin speakers over 15 years ago and found them to be very musical. The first Merlin I had was the 4B, then the Excaliburs then the VSM's in their various iterations. The latest, VSM-MXe has surpassed all my expectations of a speaker and I don't think I'll be looking for a new one for a long, long time. The other night I went to a concert for the 20 year memorial to Jaco Pastorius. The next day I played a couple of CD's of Jaco that I had picked up at the concert. It was the first time I had gone to a live concert and then wasn't disappointed listening to the recordings. My associated equipment which makes this sing is an AA Prima CDP, Joule preamp and amps, Cardas wire and a bunch of tweaks. Usual disclaimer: I have no connection to the audio industry or any manufacturer.