As a kid I worked for Radio Shack for a few years. I loved electronics and was always trying to make what I had better (on a budget, of course). Being young, my exposure to home audio was the likes of my mother's Panasonic "system", my father's Nova 8B speakers (he didn't have a receiver), and brand names like Sony, Technics, Kenwood, Marantz (champagne and BPC series) that I saw in the Sunday circulars (Macy's, Crazy Eddie, 6th Ave Electronics. Top's Appliance City). I wanted my brother's vintage Marantz receiver, Marantz speakers, and Thorens turntable (with a Shure V15), but he wasn't giving them up One day a Rat Shack co-worker told me to stop by the dedicated Hi-Fi store he worked at a few towns over. He took me into a demo room with a set of B&W 801 speaks powered by a McIntosh amp. That sound quality became a dragon I chased for a long time. Not too long ago, after 30 years, I got to listen to a set again at the home of another AK member. Though the room and hardware interaction was very different, I still really enjoyed the sound of those B&Ws. The second time I had a hair-on-the-neck-stand-up-and-I-get-goosebumps moment was when I heard a set of Carver ALSIII speakers being driven by a Denon AVP8000 pre with a (I think) POA8200 amp. "Poles Apart" from Floyd's "Division Bell" was playing. Though I had listened to DSOTM, The Wall, Animals, WYWH a million times, I had not listened to anything produced after The Wall. Moments like those are too few and far between.