The title says it all. We hear things about audio systems which create the illusion of a singer standing right in front of you, or of the spacious ambiance of a concert hall. Which should we achieve and how? Do we want to turn our room into a rock concert or jazz lounge? Or should our room serve as the acoustic environment for the music? I presume "bringing the performers into the room" would mean letting your room influence the sound? Perhaps this would work better for music recorded in a studio or otherwise not having an ambiance or environment of its own, or with smaller-scale music such as jazz or vocal? On the other hand, taking the listener to the performance would involve deadening the effect of your room, so the speakers can produce the reflections and directional cues present on the recording? I'm not sure which is more important, but I'm leaning towards "taking you to the performance." I can still enjoy music if I hear all the performers and instruments arrayed in front of me without any particular "ambience," (such as in a studio recording) but wouldn't want my room to mess up a recording made at a certain venue (as in classical music). I'm curious to hear your thoughts. Should we let our room influence the music?