Can you imagine the sheer impudence and shameless audacity of a so-called "friend" uttering contrary statements regarding the quality of your system?? Yep, I surely would not have believed it either, had not that very thing happened to me. To me, I tell you! Why, just last weekend, said "friend" was at my house, and I excitedly beckoned him to give a listen to my newly-purchased Sony ES redbook changer (from a local flea-market; must be about 10 years old; model number escapes me; connected to Yamaha 1500 as pre-pro in Pure Direct mode, Parasound 1205a, and Axiom M60; woefully outdated pics in my sig.). Whereas the new player is creating all sorts of wonderful two-channel psycho-acoustic effects for me, this semi-Luddite has the stones to tell me he thinks it sounds "treble-y". Under my own roof, he says this! He's plainly f**ked in the head. And his taste in music sucks, too.. Moral of the story, 'course, is trust your own ears. Do you dig that pair of speakers over which some on the message boards are giving you second thoughts? Never mind 'em, now. If your ears tell you they sound good, then they probably do. Happy listening, and cheers. DS.