I went over to a friends last night to check out his 2 channel system. I was very impressed. The soundstage was huge, with such depth, height, and width. Music was presented with such ease and clarity between the instuments. I just finished listening to some of the music I heard last night on my system and I need to know how I can get more out of it! I cannot match my friends system in many ways as he has built a dedicated 2 channel room in his house (that is stunning acoustically) with dedicated power going to it. He is running a pair of older maggies, with a HK7000 reciever and and ARCAM dvd player. He is a believer in cables as his interconnects are as big as a garden hose and he has the isolation rack going on for the components. I have never heard a violin presented like I heard last night! I do not have a perfect room to work with and am running Paradigm Monitor 7s with a PW2100 with a cheap Yamaha reciever (75wpc) and a Pioneer 563 dvd all hooked up with common AR interconnects. My room is smaller and so is my soundstage. I have great clarity and an amazing focused image between the two speakers but it does not extend much beyond that. I have done the research on DIY acoustic panels so those will be going up soon and my next upgrade will me a more powerful high current reciever. Can I get what I am after with some hard work put into speaker positioning, getting some panels up and upgrading the receiver? Do you simply need a dedicated room to get an outstanding soundstage? Are Monitor 7s up to the task or do you have to upgrade to Paradigms better lines? Your thoughts are appreciated!